Jordan's Lower House endorses bill to scrap import of Israeli gas

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AMMAN, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Jordan's Lower House on Sunday endorsed a draft law that bans the import of Israeli gas to the country, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

The lawmakers approved referring the bill to the government as a matter of urgency, Lower House Speaker Atef Tarawneh said.

He added that as Jordan and Israel signed a peace deal in 1994, the endorsement of legislation should be in accordance with the Constitution.

The Lower House has repeatedly called on the government not to import Israeli gas.

Early in 2019, the state-run National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) started importing gas via Noble Energy from Israel.

The deal will meet 40 percent of Jordan's gas needs and save about 600 million U.S. dollars every year, according to NEPCO.

Under the agreement, Noble Energy will provide gas worth 15 billion dollars to Jordan for a period of 15 years, or 300 million cubic feet on a daily basis.

Figures show Jordan's 97 percent of its energy needs relies on imports. Enditem

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