Yes, in 2010, for a short period of time, Lebanon has imported natural gas from Egypt through Syria, using the Arab Gas Pipeline, to generate electricity at the Deir Ammar power station.
Currently Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is used in both the commercial and residential sectors for different purposes such as heating and cooking. In addition, propane gas (delivered in bulk) is used in industries, hotels, and hospitals.
In Lebanon there is currently one pipeline connection – the Arab Gas Pipeline (AGP) – connecting Homs in Syria to Tripoli in Lebanon. The AGP’s connection runs from the Al Rayan compressor station to Baniyas and then via a 32 km long stretch to Tripoli. Most of existing and all of planned power plants infrastructure is equipped to receive natural gas for electricity production.
The priority is to supply the Lebanese local market with natural gas for electricity generation. Other sectors in Lebanon including the residential, commercial, industrial might benefit from this relatively cheaper and cleaner source of energy at a later stage.
Natural Gas can be transported in two main means:
For the latter, a liquefaction plant should be built to reduce the temperature of the Natural Gas so that it is transformed into liquid. Lebanon is currently connected to the Arab Gas Pipeline and therefore can potentially use it for export.