Israel Can Supply Gas To Europe Via Turkey-Greece and Egypt: Official

Israel hopes to help supply natural gas to Europe via its offshore pipelines through Greece or Turkey as well as Egypt as the EU is willing to wean itself off Russian fossil fuels following the country’s invitation of Ukraine.

Israeli Energy Minister, Karine Elharrar said that “they have the ability to export gas,” stressing that Israel could build one or more pipelines, potentially via Greece or Turkey.  

Speaking to the French Association of Defense Journalists, Elharrar said that Israel has enough gas to export to Europe.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had earlier said that Europe is looking to end its dependence on Russian gas, oil and coal by 2027.

Meanwhile, Former Israeli Energy Minister, Yuval Steinitz said the Jewish state “could definitely be a serious factor in creating more independence and a wealth of energy sources for Europe.”

“Israel has the capacity to export gas via Greece, Turkey and Egypt at the same time, because we have enough gas to operate from the three channels,” Steinitiz added.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had earlier also said that Turkey and Israel can work together to carry Israeli natural gas to Europe and the two countries will discuss energy cooperation during talks next month.

Moreover, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Monday met with Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and said they have reached an agreement on bilateral cooperation in the energy sector along with the deal to export more natural gas to Italy from across a Mediterranean pipeline from energy heavyweight Algeria.

Draghi said that the agreement to export more gas to Italy “is a significant response to the strategic goal” of quickly replacing Russian energy.

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