Gasco hides signs indicating location of Egypt-Israel gas pipeline

The Egyptian Natural Gas Company (Gasco) has worked on hiding any signs indicating the location of the Sinai natural gas pipeline that supplies Israel and Jordan, Petroleum Ministry sources said.

This step is part of a security plan to curb fresh attacks on the pipeline, which has been bombed 13 times since February 2011. No entity has taken responsibility for the attacks.

The assailants know the rugged Sinai terrain makes it difficult to completely secure the pipeline, which extends 160 kilometers in the desert, a source said.

On Monday, unidentified men bombed the pipeline south of Arish, only six days after gas exports resumed.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Israel has not received the supplies of gas agreed on in a deal signed in 2005 because of the repeated blasts.

The gas pipeline supplies Israel with 43 percent of its needs of gas and Jordan with 80 percent of its needs.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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