(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Syria's electrical sector will not be affected by shutdown of the Egyptian Al-Arish gas pipeline because it secures only seven percent of the nation needs for gas, the Oil Minister said.
Syria imports two million cubic meter of gas from Egypt per day, and this covers only seven percent of the domestic market needs for gas, Sufian Al-Allaw said in a statement on Thursday.
Plants sustaining shortage of gas will be supplied with fuel, the official added.
Unknown culprits bombed the vital gas pipeline in Egypt's Al-Arish on Wednesday.
Cairo secures gas for Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Israel via a network of pipelines stretching from the region.
Egypt and Jordan signed a deal, in July, according to which Cairo would supply Amman with 300 million cubic feet of gas per day for electric power generation.
According to the accord, Cairo supplies Amman with half a billion cf of natural gas per year to secure housing gas. Israel imports up to 40 percent of its gas needs from Egypt -- estimated at 4.1 billion cf per year.