Israel Mulls European Request For Gas As EU Wean Itself Off Russia Supplies

Senior Israeli officials on Tuesday confirmed they received a request from the European Energy Commissioner for what they called to help the EU in supplying liquefied natural gas following the corrosion of ties with Russia.   

Times of Israel quoted senior sources at the Energy Ministry that they are currently considering the EU request on gas supply to help the continent wean itself off Russian supplies.

“We are considering the EU’s request but our ability to help would depend on the Karish gas field coming online,” the Times quoted the officials as saying on condition of anonymity.

The Chevron company, which operates Israel’s Tamar and Leviathan gas fields in the Mediterranean, have not commented on the news of providing gas to the EU.

However, Chevron CEO Michael Wirth on early Tuesday said that talks of a natural gas pipeline from Israel to Europe could be rekindled to provide the continent with an alternative to Russian gas.

Wirth furthered that a plan for an eastern Mediterranean natural gas pipeline connecting Israel, Greece, and Cyprus to Italy and on to Europe could be taken out of mothballs.

Meanwhile, the International Energy Agency in its latest report said that last year, the European Union imported around 155 billion cubic meters of gas from Russia, amounting to 45% of all its gas imports.

The international community has increased its toughest sanction on Russia following Ukraine’s invasion, in which hundreds of people were killed and wounded, and million others were displaced.

The Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Alexander Novak on Monday threatened to cut gas supplies to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline in response to rising sanctions.

Moreover, US President Joe Biden also announced that Washington will no longer import oil and gas from Russia.

 


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