AMMAN — Egyptian jihadists claimed Monday to have bombed a pipeline in the Sinai that carries gas to Jordan, saying it was targeted over the Kingdom’s role in the US-led offensive on the Islamic State (IS) group, Agence France-Presse reported.
Egyptian militant group Ansar Beit Al Maqdis, which has pledged allegiance to IS, tweeted unverified pictures of the claimed attack, without saying when it was carried out, according to AFP.
Since the 2011 uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak, there have been 27 confirmed attacks on energy pipelines in the Sinai Peninsula, the most recent of which was on December 23, AFP reported from Cairo.
The frequent attacks on the pipeline in Sinai have led to an increasing energy burden on the Kingdom.
Jordan has been forced to use heavy oil and diesel reserves at a cost of $5 million a day to generate power after the cut in gas supplies from Egypt.
The Kingdom currently imports around 98 per cent of its energy needs at a cost of nearly one quarter of its gross domestic product. The government has announced plans for several renewable energy projects utilising Jordan’s wind and solar energy as alternatives to more expensive fossil fuels.
The national strategy for energy aims at increasing Jordan’s renewable energy sources to 10 per cent by 2020.
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