Lebanon, Syria, Egypt sign gas import agreement

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(VOVWORLD) -Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt on Tuesday agreed to ship 650 million cubic metres of natural gas per year from Egypt to Lebanon via Syria, part of a US-backed effort to address Lebanon's crippling blackouts with electricity and gas transfers.

Lebanon, Syria, Egypt sign gas import agreement - ảnh 1Director-General of Oil Facilities at Lebanese Energy Ministry Aurore Feghali, Chairman of the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) Magdy Galal and the Director of the Syrian's General Petroleum Corporation Nabih Khrestin sign gas import agreement, in Beirut, Lebanon, June 21, 2022.  (Photo: REUTERS)

Under the deal, signed at a ceremony at the Lebanese energy ministry in Beirut, gas will be piped to Lebanon's northern Deir Ammar power plant, where it could add some 450 megawatts, or around four extra hours of power per day to the grid. 

Lebanon's state-run power company produces just a couple hours of power per day, forcing many to pay for expensive private generator subscriptions. 

The deal is part of a US effort to address the power outages in Lebanon by bringing electricity from Jordan to Lebanon and shipping natural gas from Egypt to Lebanon, both via Syria. These plans will add an additional  700 megawatts to the Lebanese grid.