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Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz
Photo: Avi Moalem
Cypriot, Israeli and Greek energy ministers sign an agreement about the 'EuroAsia Interconnector' Project at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus

Israel, Cyprus and Greece agree to link power grids via longest subsea cable

Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz says the Euro-Asia interconnector will provide a back-up power source in times of emergency and will be partly funded by the EU after being recognized as 'Project of Common Interest'

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Published: 03.08.21 , 13:57
Cyprus, Greece and Israel on Monday signed an initial agreement to build the world's longest and deepest underwater power cable that will traverse the Mediterranean seabed at a cost of about $900 million and link their electricity grids.
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  • The project, called the Euro-Asia interconnector, will provide a back-up power source in times of emergency, said Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, who was in Nicosia to sign a memorandum of understanding with his counterparts.
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    Cypriot, Israeli and Greek energy ministers sign an agreement about the 'EuroAsia Interconnector' Project at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus
    Cypriot, Israeli and Greek energy ministers sign an agreement about the 'EuroAsia Interconnector' Project at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus
    Cypriot, Israeli and Greek energy ministers sign an agreement about the 'EuroAsia Interconnector' Project at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus
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    Cypriot Energy Minister Natasa Pilides said it marked "a decisive step towards ending the island's energy isolation, and consequently, our dependence on heavy fuels."
    The cable will have a capacity of 1,000-2,000 megawatts (MW) and is expected to be completed by 2024, according to Israel's energy ministry.
    With a length of about 1,500 km and a maximum depth of 2,700 metres, it will be the longest and deepest subsea electricity cable to have ever been constructed, it said.
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    Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz
    (Photo: Avi Moalem)
    Steinitz said the cable "will allow us to receive electricity backing from the power grids of the European continent in times of emergency and more importantly will also support our ability to significantly increase reliance on solar power generation."
    The ministry said that the European Union has recognized the cable as a "Project of Common Interest" and was willing to partly fund it.
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