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NEWS ON THE ENERGY SECTOR IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
20 July 2017
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Iran, Israel promise Turkey’s ‘next big energy potential’
With so many alternative suppliers in its neighborhood, Turkey should not worry about being dependent on imported gas, provided it can develop an energy strategy to secure competitive prices, the head of Turkish Association for Energy Economics has said.
Despite the turmoil in the region, and despite the fact that Ankara has in the recent past had strained relations with both, Iran and Israel stand as the next big potential suppliers of gas to Turkey, Professor Gürkan Kumbaroglu from Bogazici University told the Hürriyet Daily News.
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20 July 2017
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L’AFRIQUE ET LE PARI DES ÉNERGIES RENOUVELABLES | L’ECONOMISTE
Innovation toute. C’est le leitmotiv de la première édition du Green Africa Innovation Booster (Green AIB) qui poursuit ses travaux à Marrakech. Les énergies renouvelables figurent parmi les principaux piliers de toute stratégie énergétique et de développement durable en Afrique, mais pour réussir ce chantier stratégique, il y a certains défis à relever à commencer par la recherche, la formation et l’innovation dans le domaine des ER et de l’efficacité énergétique. Des chantiers à booster impérativement si l’Afrique ne veut pas rater le train des ER. Organisé par l’Institut de recherche en énergie solaire et en énergies nouvelles (IRESEN) en partenariat avec la KIC InnoEnergy de l’Institut européen d’innovation et de technologie, la 1re édition du Green Aib rassemble 450 participants. Parmi eux des chercheurs, les startups et les industriels Africains et internationaux du secteur de l’innovation en énergie durable. L’idée est de créer une plateforme de l’innovation pour la communauté africaine et identifier les moyens pour accompagner la dynamique de la créativité.
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19 July 2017
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Cyprus Editorial: Energy is the catalyst for a solution
Boarding the French Navy frigate Languedoc, currently patrolling in the eastern Mediterranean, Parly sent out a clear message that France would protect its interests, despite threats by Turkey that it would obstruct oil and gas exploration within territory it claims for itself. At the same time, the US Navy has also been around criss-crossing in waters reserved for exploration by ExxonMobil. As it turns out, oil majors have a bigger say in regional politics than local politicians, who are still wrangling over what went wrong (if anything) at the Cyprus Conference in Crans Montana.
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18 July 2017
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Turkey's exploration activity in east Mediterranean shows its will to protect Northern Cyprus interest
Turkish seismic exploration vessel Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa's presence and an acceleration in its activities off the shore of Cyprus has clearly shown Turkey's determination to protect the rights and interests of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC), following a recent announcement by southern Cyprus that it will launch drilling activities off Cyprus's south coast.
The fact that the Turkish vessel will perform drills off the island's south western Paphos, in the fifth and sixth blocs, in the presence of the Turkish war ships has now turned heads toward the region.
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18 July 2017
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New gas projects to double Egypt’s production in 2020
Minister of Petroleum Tarek El Molla said on July 17, 2017, that the new natural gas projects in Egypt will increase production by 50% in 2018 and 100% in 2020. Egypt’s natural gas production has risen to about 5.1 bln cubic feet per day in 2017 from 4.4 bln cubic feet in 2016, as BP’s North Alexandria projects came online. The Italian Eni discovered the Zohr field back in 2015.
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17 July 2017
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Natural gas exploration going as planned – government
The republic’s natural gas exploration was going as planned, the government said on Monday, with results expected in the autumn.
“What I can tell you with certainty is that everything is going as planned,” government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides told state radio.
Energy giant Total is drilling in block 11 of the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), amid threats from Turkey, which has dispatched at least one warship to monitor the situation.
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17 July 2017
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Race for Cyprus gas and oil sparks tensions in the Mediterranean
It's deja-vu all over again. Just six years after Turkey threatened Cyprus to pull the plug on a controversial energy project, Ankara is now warning of new reprisals, and has sent warships to shadow drilling vessels exploring for oil and gas off the coast of the war-divided Mediterranean island. Turkey doesn't want the drilling to proceed before securing a deal that would give the island's Turkish Cypriot community an equal share of the revenue. Yet faced with such prospects, a potential agreement went amiss this month as United Nations-sponsored talks to reunite the island's Greek and Turkish sides collapsed amid anger and recriminations, marking the end of a process seen as the most promising in recent years to resolve one of Europe's most intractable ethnic conflicts.
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16 July 2017
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Egypt’s energy future is ‘bright,’ says head of parliamentary committee
Egypt’s energy sector is on the rise, said Talaat el- Sewedi, the head of the Energy and Environment Committee in the Egyptian parliament.
“Look at what is happening on the ground,” Sewedi said. “Major finds are made and these will alter the future, not only of the energy sector but of this country as a whole,” he said in an interview.
Egypt’s Energy Committee expressed confidence in the energy sector and, given huge natural gas discoveries made off the coast of Egypt and in the Nile Delta, that is certainly understandable.
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16 July 2017
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Cyprus gears up for offshore gas search
CYPRUS is pushing ahead with plans to begin oil and gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean Sea; just days after a failed peace conference in Switzerland ended UN backed talks aimed at reunifying the island.
Despite a warning from the Turkish President Tayipp Erdogan to stop the energy search, Nicosia has said their plans remain unchanged.
Turkey and the Cypriot government are bitterly divided over the energy search.
The focus of exploration efforts will be in ‘Block 11’, with drilling taking place on behalf of the French energy giant TOTAL and ENI.
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14 July 2017
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Turkey will take more active role in Mediterranean, energy minister says
Turkey will not accept Greek Cypriots' unilateral actions and will take a more active role in the Mediterranean, Energy Minister Berat Albayrak said Friday, as he criticized the Greek Cypriot administration for restarting drilling studies for natural gas.
"You cannot try to give orders and take action as you like in the region" Albayrak said, adding that it is not possible for Turkey to accept such provocation.
Albayrak noted that from now on, Turkey will play a more active role in the Mediterranean as it has finished searching in Gazimagusa (also known as Famagusta), and will now turn to Güzelyurt (also known as Morphou for exploration.
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13 July 2017
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A natural gas pipeline could soon run between Israel and Turkey
Turkey and Israel are on the verge of finalising a deal for a natural gas pipeline between the two countries, according to media reports.
Berat Albayrak, Turkey’s Energy Minister, will visit Israel by the end of this year to conclude the agreement, Israeli energy minister Yuval Steinitz said, according to the Times of Israel.
“Hopefully, Mr. Albayrak will pay a visit to Israel this year in 2017, which will help us accelerate and try to conclude this agreement,” Steinitz said at the recent World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul after meeting Albayrak.
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12 July 2017
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Turkey energy minister 'to visit Israel for pipeline deal'
Turkey's Energy Minister Berat Albayrak is set to visit Israel by the end of this year to conclude an agreement for the building of a natural gas pipeline from the Jewish state to Turkey, the Israeli energy minister said on Wednesday.
A visit by Albayrak, son-in-law of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and a key member of his inner circle, would be a significant diplomatic move by Ankara after a rapprochement deal last year between the two countries mended a long-standing rift.
The crisis was triggered by Israel's deadly storming in 2010 of a Gaza-bound ship which left 10 Turkish activists dead. But the two countries normalised ties in June last year and rapidly begun discussing the gas pipeline project.
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12 July 2017
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Turkey, Israel to try to finalize gas deal by year end
Turkey and Israel agreed to try to conclude the inter-governmental umbrella agreement that will enable the construction of the Turkey-Israel pipeline by the end of this year, Israel's Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources, Yuval Steinitz said on Wednesday.
Speaking at the ministerial session organized on the sidelines of 22nd World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul, of which Anadolu Agency is the global communication partner, Steinitz confirmed that he just had a very constructive meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Berat Albayrak.
"We decided after four rounds of talks to accelerate our talks and try to conclude the government-to-government umbrella agreement that will enable the construction of Israel-Turkey pipeline before the end of this year. We are making enormous efforts to conclude it," he said.
"Hopefully Mr. Albayrak will also pay a visit to Israel this year in 2017, which will help us accelerate our attempts to conclude this agreement," he continued.
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12 July 2017
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Wave power explored for the Mediterranean
Waves4Power has welcomed the representatives of the Maestrale project to discuss opportunities for wave energy deployments in the Mediterranean.
The delegation, from Southern Europe energy agencies, universities and other institutions engaged in marine energy, visited Gothenburg and Waves4Power last week to study marine energy technologies that could be applied in the Mediterranean area.
Waves4Power presented how a complete energy system based on wave power and smart energy storage for island communities could be built up.
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12 July 2017
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All eyes on southern Mediterranean as drill ship arrives
President Nicos Anastasiades says he hopes that there will not be any Turkish provocations as drill ship ‘West Capella’ arrived off the southern Cypriot coast in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
French energy company Total in consortium with Italian Eni, is set to start drilling in Block 11 of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) by the end of this week.
In the build-up to the vessel’s arrival and following the failed Cyprus peace talks in Switzerland recently, Turkey has moved to issue a warning against Anastasiades’ government and international energy firms contracted to begin drilling within Cyprus’ EEZ.
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12 July 2017
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Israel eyes gas export drive
Energy minister says eastern Mediterranean will replace declining reserves from North Sea Israel is pushing ahead with its plans to become a “significant natural gas exporter” in the near future, as work advances on two possible pipelines from the country into Europe, and more offshore fields are being brought online.
Speaking at the 22 World Petroleum Conference in Istanbul, Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy & Water Resources Yuval Steinitz said he believes the new reserves found in the region’s deep water will replace the declining reserves from the North Sea. As
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11 July 2017
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Lebanon Looks To Lure Oil, Gas Investors To Mediterranean
Slowed by a political gridlock and unresolved boundary disputes, Lebanon has stood on the sidelines watching massive natural gas discoveries such as Leviathan, Aphrodite and Karish sprout from deepwater Mediterranean areas in its neighbors’ jurisdictions.
But the country, bordered by Syria to the north and Israel to the south, wants in on the action in hopes of boosting its economy, securing energy resources and attracting long-term foreign investment.
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10 July 2017
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Turkey to have 11 bln. cubic meters gas storage by 2023
Turkey will increase its annual natural gas storage capacity to 11 billion cubic meters (bcm) by 2023, Turkey's energy and natural resources minister said Monday in Istanbul.
Speaking at the presidential session at the 22nd World Petroleum Congress of which Anadolu Agency is the global communication partner, Berat Albayrak, Turkey's energy and natural resources minister, said that Turkey's current daily natural gas transmission system has a capacity of 190 million cubic meters.
"This daily capacity will first increase to 300 million cubic meters while we will take it up to 400 million cubic meters in two years," Albayrak explained.
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9 July 2017
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Turkey is key, safe harbor for investments: Energy Min.
Turkey is a key country and safe harbor for energy investments, the Turkish Energy Minister Berat Albayrak said Sunday at the 22nd World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul.
Albayrak, speaking at the opening ceremony of the Congress, of which Anadolu Agency is the global communication partner, said the oil and gas sector has and will continue to have an economic impact for the decades to come, and therefore, investments in this sector are required for future energy security.
The minister hailed the rising popularity of renewable energy while asserting that coal continues to be a crucial energy resource along with oil, natural gas and nuclear power. "As you all know, oil and gas investments decreased due to low prices. On the other hand, projections tell us that oil and will meet around 15 percent of global energy needs in the near future," Albayrak said.
He praised Turkey's steps during the low oil price environment and said that despite rapid demand, growth in generation capacity tripled in the country. However, he warned that the continuation of security of supply remains critical.
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5 July 2017
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Sun, sea and sustainability: improving RES uptake in the Med
ETRERA_2020 addresses future energy needs by creating a renewable energy research alliance to foster the uptake of renewable energy technologies and improve cooperation between research and industry in the Mediterranean.
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2 July 2017
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Challenges of an East Med pipeline
Energy security is a key concern for the European Union (EU), an energy importer reliant on producing and transit countries for supply.  The majority of the EU’s oil and gas imports originate in neighbouring regions. For gas, the EU relies mainly on Russia, which supplies 38 per cent of its imports. Natural gas may have the brightest energy future among the fossil fuels, given its potential to serve as a transition fuel to a sustainable and environmentally-friendly energy future. However, with the bulk of its gas supply imported from Russia, the EU might look for alternatives to diversify its supply sources as well as its political and economic risks.
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1 July 2017
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Turkey aims at upstream investment
Energy minister vows push on exploration in Mediterranean and Black Sea to drive energy security Turkey is investing in the upstream sector in an attempt to reduce its energy import dependency while at the same time ploughing resources into large midstream projects to ensure security of supply in the wider region.
Speaking at the opening of the 22 nd World Petroleum Congress (WPC) in Istanbul on Sunday evening, Turkey’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Berat Albayrak said: “Oil and gas alone will constitute maybe more than 50% of global energy supplies in
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16 June 2017
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The €6-billion pipeline is designed to transfer recently discovered energy reserves in the eastern Mediterranean region to Europe
Meeting in Thessaloniki, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades agreed on June 15 to boost regional energy cooperation in particular to speed up joint action for the construction of the East Med pipeline.
The €6-billion pipeline is designed to transfer recently discovered energy reserves in the eastern Mediterranean region to Europe.
“The discovery of significant reserves of natural gas in Cyprus and Israel, Greece’s strategy to become an energy hub in the region, and the possible existence of new reserves in the exclusive economic zones of Cyprus, Israel but also Greece offer extremely interesting prospects for this cooperation,” Greek newspaper Kathimerini quoted Tsipras as saying in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city.
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15 June 2017
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Israel's prime minister: Med pipeline would be 'revolution'
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised Thursday to promote plans for an ambitious Mediterranean undersea natural gas pipeline project, in a bid by his country to become a key European energy supplier. Israel is hoping to export much of its newly discovered natural gas to Europe by a proposed 2,200-kilometer (1,350-mile) undersea pipeline to Cyprus and Greece. "It's something we're very excited about," Netanyahu said in Thessaloniki, Greece's second-largest city.
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14 June 2017
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African solar power plant could export energy to Europe
The efforts to move towards more sustainable energies are also starting to emerge on the other side of the Mediterranean. Morocco, with one of the largest solar power plants in the world, Noor in Uarzazate, and energy transition targets comparable to those of its northern neighbors, exemplifies the open road in Africa, which is pinning its hope of obtaining a new source of income that drives the development of the most impoverished continent on these efforts.
With a very ambitious plan for boosting renewables, Morocco is at the forefront of a continent seeking to reduce its energy dependence that, at the same time, sees a path in energy exports to developed countries that could lead it from the Maghreb to The Middle East and, from there, to sub-Saharan Africa.
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