Israel Sees Higher Chance of Gas Export to Europe Via Greece

Source: Bloomberg 10/27/2016, Location: Middle East

Senior officials from Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Israel agreed to advance talks on a pipeline from Israel to Europe after an EU-sponsored study showed the project would be “very feasible,” Israel’s Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said in an interview.

The study showed the pipeline, which would traverse Cyprus and Greece before reaching Italy, would cost about 5 billion euros ($5.5 billion), much less than previously estimated, he said. The officials met Wednesday in Athens, together with a representative from the EU energy commission, to review the study and discuss ways to move the project forward.

“When we were talking about this a year ago, many thought it was unrealistic, but now the EU is saying this could work out, so this is a big breakthrough,” Steinitz said. “The four governments decided to continue promoting this project. It was checked thoroughly by EU experts and it seems it will be very feasible.”

Israel is ready to sign long-term export contracts after the last of the regulatory, legal and political challenges that held up gas development for years was swept away in May. Two major discoveries in the past decade have put Israel on course to become a gas exporter, but the country still must decide how it will move the gas overseas. Israel’s TA-Oil & Gas Index of stocks rose 0.2 percent to 1.071.40 at 10:56 a.m. in Tel Aviv.

A pipeline to Greece would have to go deep underwater and would be the world’s longest undersea connection, but the study showed that it’s feasible from an engineering perspective, Steinitz said. He stressed that the idea of exporting gas to Turkey, with whom Israel has held talks about a pipeline, was also still on the table.

“This would not be instead of Turkey,” he said. “I’ve always said we need at least two pipelines.”


Mozambique >>  11/23/2022 - The President of Mozambique, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, visited and inaugurated the Coral-Sul FLNG installation, located in the ultra-deep waters of the Ro...
Russia >>  11/22/2022 - The Gazprom Board of Directors took note of the information about the development prospects of the shale gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) industrie...

United Kingdom >>  11/22/2022 - Neptune Energy has called on the UK Government to support regulatory changes to the country’s gas entry specifications to deliver more domestic gas to...
China >>  11/21/2022 -  QatarEnergy entered into a 27-year Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) for the supply of 4 millio...

Ukraine >>  11/21/2022 - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Government of Norway have joined forces to assist Ukraine’s state-owned gas compan...
Vietnam >>  11/18/2022 - Toho Gas Co., Ltd. (“Toho Gas”, President: Nobuyuki Masuda) will participate in natural gas sales business for industrial use in Vietnam, by investing...

Related Categories: Coal  Electricity  General  Natural Gas  Oil 

Related Articles: Coal  Electricity  General  Natural Gas  Oil 


Gulf Oil and Gas
Copyright © 2021 Universal Solutions All rights reserved. - Terms of Service - Privacy Policy.