En egyptisk gassterminal som leverer gass til Israel, Syria og Jordan, ble sprengt onsdag morgen. Det er andre gang på kort tid.
Leveransene til Israel stanser, men det gjør også leveransene til Jordan og Syria. Jordan får 80 % av sin elektrisitet fra egyptisk gass, og må nå bruke dyrere diesel.
I Israel vil man fremskynde utbyggingen av de nyoppdagede gassfeltene utenfor kysten i nord.
An explosion rocked a natural gas terminal near Egypt’s border with Israel early on Wednesday, sending flames shooting into the air and forcing the shutdown of the country’s export pipeline, said security officials.
It was the second incident in the past month on the al-Sabil terminal near the town of El-Arish just 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the border with Israel. On March 27 gunmen planted explosives at the terminal, which failed to detonate.
The valves controlling the flow of gas from the main terminal in Port Said on the Mediterranean coast were shut down to stifle the flames, cutting gas exports to Israel, Jordan and Syria. The fire continued to rage well past dawn.
Maya Etzioni, a spokeswoman for Israel’s Infrastructure Ministry, confirmed that the gas supply was cut off early Wednesday.
Danny Yatom, a former head of the Mossad intelligence service, said Israel could no longer depend on a stable supply of gas from Egypt and needed to speed up the development of its own offshore gas reserves.
«We need to understand that this is a problem we’re going to live with for a very long time, and we need to start preparing an alternative now,» Yatom told Army Radio.