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‘Explosion at Egypt gas terminal proves Israel’s need for energy independence’ – Haaretz

Explosion at gas terminal in Sinai disrupted the fuel to supply to Israel; Egypt supplies Israel with over 40 percent of its natural fuel. By Haaretz Service and The Associated Press An explosion at an Egyptian gas terminal that disrupted the supply of fuel to Israel had government officials pressing Sunday to speed development of […]

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Leader upgrades Israeli natural gas partners as Egypt violence continues – Haaretz

Timing is perfect for the Tamar gas field firms, says analyst Eran Levy. By Lior Zeno and TheMarker Leader Capital Markets’ equity analysts are smiling on Israel’s natural gas exploration and production sector as Egypt erupts in violence. deep-sea rig at Tamar The deep-sea rig at Tamar, off the Haifa shoreline. “The risk premium associated […]

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Gas firm blames Sinai pipeline blast on leak, not sabotage – Jerusalem Post

By OREN KESSLER AND ASSOCIATED PRESS 02/05/2011 20:18 Landau: Flow of gas to Israel won’t be disrupted; El-Arish blast causes shut off of natural gas flow to Israel and Jordan. Talkbacks (10) An explosion shook a gas terminal in Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula on Saturday – setting off a massive blaze that was contained by […]

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Israel can meet electricity needs without Egypt gas, ministers say – Haaretz

Pipeline explosion in Sinai halts supply around region. By Avi Bar-Eli srael has various ways to produce electricity if it lacks Egyptian gas, government officials and the power utility said yesterday. At around 8 A.M. yesterday, an explosion shook the measuring station along the pipeline supplying Jordan and Syria. That pipeline is 20 to 30 […]

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To make light – Jordan Times

The disruption of natural gas supply from Egypt shows the extent of the Kingdom’s vulnerability regarding energy needs. The gas pipeline from Al Arish to Aqaba was damaged by an explosion on Saturday, reportedly the act of extremists who intended to damage the Arish-Ashkelon line supplying Israel with natural gas. Jordan produces 80 per cent […]

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‘Suspension of gas supply will not affect households’ – Jordan Times

AMMAN (JT) – The suspension in the supply of natural gas from Egypt will not affect households, as gas distributed to homes is produced in the Kingdom, the Royal Scientific Society (RSS) announced on Sunday. In a statement released yesterday, the RSS said LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) is produced at the Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company […]

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Attack on Egypt gas line forces Kingdom to use fuel reserves – Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – The energy sector took a hit on Saturday morning after an explosion in the Sinai Peninsula damaged a strategic natural gas line to the Kingdom. The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources confirmed that an explosion targeting gas lines in Al Arish resulted in a complete suspension in the supply […]

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Nuclear commission to bring int’l energy company on board – Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) is set to launch this month a tender for a private sector partner to help run and operate the Kingdom’s first nuclear power plant. Energy officials are reaching out to an established international nuclear power operator to share the burden of costs and provide […]

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Power to the People? Energy Battle in Israel Pits Firms vs. Public Interest – Green Zionist Alliance

By David Krantz NEW YORK (Feb. 4, 2011) — This month, the Knesset will make one of the most important votes in its history. After all, it’s not every day that a country has the opportunity to revolutionize life for its people. Of course, it’s not every day that a country discovers more than $300 […]

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Green Movement ‘pretty proud’ his party challenged the IDF – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 02/04/2011 06:07 Petition to court over questionable land acquisition led to Galant’s downfall. It was an extremely long shot case that even they themselves recognized as such, Green Movement head Prof. Alon Tal told The Jerusalem Post this week after Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant’s appointment as IDF chief was revoked just two […]

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Launching EcoME Centre A model for social and environmental sustainability across divides – EcoME

Update about the first 6 weeks We are happy and excited to share with you this first report about the launching of the EcoME Centre. After 6 weeks at the temporary site in Almog/Jericho junction (mutually accessible to Palestinians and Israelis) we wish to express our deep gratitude for all the help we have received […]

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Concerns over murky water leaves some Amman taps dry – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa AMMAN – Pumping from major water sources remained suspended on Thursday due to concerns over muddy water, leaving several west Amman neighbourhoods dry, according to officials and residents. As of Thursday morning, 50 per cent of Amman’s water sources was shut down after this week’s heavy rains washed dirt into dams and […]

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Solutions to power crimes slow to arrive – Daily Star

EDL insists Akkar region not subjected to extra-harsh electricity rationing schedule By Antoine Amrieh Friday, February 04, 2011 Listen to the Article – Powered by Solutions to power crimes slow to arrive AKKAR: Whenever television weather reports predict storms and a drop in temperatures, people start bracing themselves for the inevitable question: Will we have […]

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Qabbani questions Energy Ministry over water plan – Daily Star

BEIRUT: Beirut MP Mohammad Qabbani filed an official question Wednesday over the Energy Ministry’s failure to hand over its national plan to guide water resources. Qabbani, who chairs Parliament’s committee on public works, transport, energy and water, expressed his concern about the national strategy, especially as “large budgets” have been set aside for dam projects […]

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Environmental Protection Ministry ads combat consumerism – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 02/03/2011 07:49 Ad targeting overbuying at supermarkets part of the ministry’s new PR campaign entitled “Starting to Think Green.” The Environmental Protection Ministry launched a new ad last Wednesday night targeting overbuying at supermarkets. The move is part of the ministry’s new PR campaign entitled “Starting to Think Green,” illustrating the […]

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Bol: Rising energy and food costs to fuel inflation – Jerusalem Post

By SHARON WROBEL 02/03/2011 07:44 “Recovery of economic activity and employment that had started in mid- 2009 continued in the fourth quarter of 2010, central bank says. Rising commodity prices likely will boost inflation worldwide, with the higher cost of energy and food being the main concern in Israel, the Bank of Israel said Thursday. […]

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Promoter of electric cars sees global change -YNET

Before 2020, Shai Agassi believes, more people everywhere will be buying electric cars than those powered by gasoline. ‘Israel will become the first country in the world to put 100,000 all-electric cars on the road,’ he says Associated Press 01.29.11 Electric car pioneer Shai Agassi is a man with a startling prediction: Before 2020, he […]

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Environmental Peacemaking, January 2011 – FOEME

On January 24, Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) Amman office brought together Jordanian decision makers and activist residents from the 8 Jordanian Good Water Neighbor communities to discuss the findings of FoEME’s economic analysis of policy options for water conservation in Jordan. Attendees included Jordanian parliamentarians from the Water and Agriculture Committee; representatives […]

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EMWIS Flash – January 2011

table of contents: articles at http://www.emwis.net/thematicdirs/eflash/flash86 Euro-Mediterranean Information System on the know-how in the Water Sector EMWIS is a program of the Union for the Mediterranean. For further information: www.emwis.net Monthly Flash produced by the EMWIS Technical Unit- OIEAU, CEDEX, SOGESID- It is available in English, French & Arabic. (French & Arabic versions are available […]

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Arabs need joint action to address food security concerns – Jordan Times

By Omar Obeidat DEAD SEA –– Arab officials and experts on Tuesday voiced concern over rising food prices in global markets and stressed the need to achieve food security and reduce Arab countries’ reliance on importing basic commodities. Outgoing Minister of Industry and Trade Amer Hadidi remarked that annual food imports of the Arab world […]

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