Jordanian Government representatives held a second meeting in Amman on Wednesday (February 24) with officials of the Trans-Arabian Pipeline Company over the fees paid to Jordan.
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Background: Jordanian Government representatives held a second meeting in Amman on Wednesday (February 24) with officials of the Trans-Arabian Pipeline Company over the fees paid to Jordan. The American-owned company, known as Tapline, is reported to have agreed to increase the fees to Jordan for the right to run the pipeline across the country. The pipeline carries crude oil from Saudi Arabia through Jordan and Syria to the terminal of Zahrani in Lebanon.
A final agreement is expected to be signed in a few days. The Jordanian Finance Minister, Mr. Ahmed Al-Louzi, said on Saturday (February 21) that Tapline would increase its payment to Jordan from four million dollars to about eight million dollars (about GBP1.6 million to GBP3.3 million) annually.
The pipeline was ruptured in Syria by a bulldozer in May last year and Syria refused the company permission to repair the line until it increased payments to the Damascus government. Pumping resumed in January after an agreement which almost doubled the company's fees.