AMMAN, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Jordan's Lower House Speaker Atef Tarawneh on Sunday called for speeding up the drafting of a law to annul the gas deal between Jordan and Israel.
In a statement, Tarawneh called for intensified efforts to complete the law which is to be presented to the parliament. He said the lower house will hold a session next week to discuss the deal in detail.
The state-run National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) said earlier that it started importing gas from Israel via Texas-based Noble Energy.
NEPCO's Director General Amjad Rawashdeh said that the Israeli gas was the "only choice available due to regional circumstances."
The deal will meet 40 percent of Jordan's gas needs and save about 600 million U.S. dollars every year, according to NEPCO.
Under the agreement, Noble Energy will provide gas worth 15 billion dollars to Jordan for a period of 15 years, or 300 million cubic feet on a daily basis.