By Summer Said
Egypt will resume natural
gas supplies to Jordan within 10 days after repairing a
pipeline in the Sinai Peninsula that was damaged by explosives
planted by unidentified militants early Sunday.
Egyptian investigators and a technical committee are
currently examining the site of the attack to evaluate the
damage and the repairs are expected to start Tuesday, state-run
Gas Holding Co., or EGAS, said in a statement Monday.
Initial evaluation shows that the explosions, which caused
no casualties, damaged about 12 kilometers of the 36-inch
pipeline in the Sinai town of El Arish, it added.
The explosions follow militant attacks on a regional airport
and security checkpoints in the Sinai Peninsula in recent
The pipeline, through which about 100 million cubic feet a day
of gas is transported to Jordanian power plants, has been
attacked 16 times since early 2011 when an uprising forced
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to resign.
The latest attack, the first since July last year, comes
after the elected President Mohammed Morsi -- who has the
support of the Muslim Brotherhood -- was ousted Wednesday by
the country's military after just one year in office.
The Egyptian army Friday declared a state of emergency in areas
bordering the Suez shipping route after a militant attack on a
regional airport triggered fears of oil disruptions and pushed
crude prices higher.
Dow Jones Newswires