Terrorists blew up the pipeline carrying gas from Egypt to Jordan, disrupting, again, the supply a few days ago.

The last time this happened, the country had to resort to other forms of energy, notably diesel and heavy oil. That came at a high cost, which makes one wonder whether the country is capable to afford repeated disruptions of the greatly needed Egyptian gas.

Even when this latest act of the saboteurs is addressed, there are no guarantees it will not happen again, and again.

The territory through which the gas pipeline runs is vast and cannot be fully controlled. This means Jordan, at the receiving end, needs to search for other means to feed the electricity-generation stations, preferably sources that are affordable and dependable.

This corner has often been used to urge finding alternative ways to ensure the energy needs of the country are met.

Whatever the cost, the issue has to be tackled, for it is vital and unavoidable.

These days, there is talk about the government looking to avoid hiking the prices of fuel and electricity – understandable, since the public can ill-afford any more increases in prices of whatever goods or services.

So either Jordan and Egypt cooperate to protect the pipeline, a practically impossible mission, or the Kingdom works to shift to other energy sources.

Perhaps separating the pipeline that carries gas to Jordan and Israel into two, one for each country, could be contemplated. Or maybe gas can be purchased and transported through other means.

Experts might come together to find a better solution, but the country cannot be left at the mercy of terrorists.

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