Israel renews gas exploration, plans exports to Europe

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View of the Leviathan gas field gas processing rig near the Israeli city of Caesarea, on January 31, 2019.
Marc Israel Sellem/POOLView of the Leviathan gas field gas processing rig near the Israeli city of Caesarea, on January 31, 2019.

Israel would supply gas to Europe via Egypt, according to Energy Minister Karine Elharrar

Israel's Energy Ministry is set to launch a new offshore licensing round, with the European Union and Egypt about to sign an agreement for Israeli gas exports via Egypt.

Energy Minister Karine Elharrar on Monday announced the opening of a new competitive process for natural gas exploration licenses in the Mediterranean.

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She said the Russia-Ukraine war has illustrated in recent months the dangers and risks of energy availability and prices during the transition period from fossil fuel use.

"Alongside the real and sincere concern in Europe, there is a real opportunity for Israel to export natural gas to Europe," Elharrar said at a news conference.

"We established a three-way working group with Israel, Europe and Egypt. We will sign, I hope in the near future, a memorandum of understanding that will create the framework agreement for export," she said.

When asked about keeping gas reserves for Israel, she reiterated that the needs of the Israeli economy will always take priority.

The Karish gas field is expected to go online in the third quarter of 2022 and in March was connected to the Israel National Gas Line. The much larger Leviathan and Tamar gas fields already operate in Israel's territorial waters.

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