Faced with a financial and energy crunch, Amman has looked to Israel to cover its gas needs. The $10bn deal to take Israeli gas has received local opposition but whether that is enough to see the deal canned remains to be seen.

On 26 September, Jordan’s National Electric Power Company (Nepco) signed a landmark gas import agreement with Houston-based Noble Energy for “approximately” 45bcm (1.59 tcf) of gas over 15 years, an implied average of 290mn cfd from the 22 tcf...