Tamar gas field in Mediterranean Sea

Egypt and Israel to boost gas supply to EU amid Ukraine war

EU's historic natural gas export deal will bring Israeli gas via pipeline to Egypt before being transported to Europe; set to last 5 years, deal marks first 'significant' exports of Israeli gas to continent

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Published: 06.15.22, 13:28
Egypt, Israel, and the European Union on Wednesday signed a deal to increase liquified natural gas sales to EU countries, who aim to reduce dependency on supply from Russia as the war in Ukraine drags on.
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  • The deal, stamped in a five-star Cairo hotel, will see Israel sending more gas via Egypt, which has facilities to liquify it for export via sea, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said.
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    Tamar gas field in Mediterranean Sea
    Tamar gas field in Mediterranean Sea
    Tamar gas field in Mediterranean Sea
    (Photo: Albatross Aerial Photography)
    Israel's Energy Ministry stated the deal will last three years, with an automatic two year extension, and for the first time allow "significant" exports of Israeli gas to Europe.
    "What a special moment," von der Leyen said in a joint news conference alongside Egyptian and Israel energy ministers. "I very warmly welcome the signing of this historic agreement."
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    אורסולה פון דר ליין נשיאת הנציבות האירופית במהלך פסגה של מנהיגי מדינות האיחוד האירופי ב בריסל
    אורסולה פון דר ליין נשיאת הנציבות האירופית במהלך פסגה של מנהיגי מדינות האיחוד האירופי ב בריסל
    European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen
    (Photo: AP)
    Last year, the European Union imported roughly 40% of its gas from Russia, and due to that has had difficulty imposing sanctions on Russia over its ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
    The Israeli gas will be brought via a pipeline to Egypt's LNG terminal on the Mediterranean before being transported on tankers to the European shores.
    Israel has two operational gas fields off its Mediterranean coast containing an estimated 690 billion cubic meters of natural gas combined, and a third offshore rig is in the works. It has already signed gas export agreements with neighboring Egypt and Jordan.
    Egypt's extensive natural gas facilities on the Mediterranean have stood largely inactive since the country's 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
    In recent years, the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi rehabilitated and modernized the facilities. In 2018, Egypt signed a $15 billion deal with Israeli company Delek Drilling and its U.S. partner, Noble Energy to transport natural gas there. Egypt aims to create a regional energy hub.
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