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NEWS ON THE ENERGY SECTOR IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
22 May 2017
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Fostering energy efficiency solutions in the Mediterranean: High level meeting held in Malta
An Informal High level meeting on Energy Efficiency in the Mediterranean was held on 18 and 19 May in Malta gathering UfM Ministers in charge of energy, government representatives and stakeholders to discuss how to enhance regional cooperation to implement energy efficiency solutions in the Mediterranean. The meeting was held within the framework of the UfM Energy and Climate Action Agenda and is part of the UfM Energy Platforms, which aim to deliver a secure, affordable and sustainable energy supply in the Mediterranean.
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2 May 2017
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Turkey, Israel gas deal approval foreseen in few months
Commercial and government-to-government agreements should be signed to realize the project: Israeli energy min official The agreement to build the proposed natural gas pipeline between Turkey and Israel is anticipated to be signed off in the next few months, Director General of the Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources of Israel, Shaul Meridor, told Anadolu Agency (AA) on Thursday. Speaking exclusively to AA, Meridor said that Turkey and Israel are progressing in negotiations to build a gas pipeline between Israel and Turkey to transport natural gas supplies from the Leviathan gas field in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Israel to Europe.
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1 May 2017
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Egypt’s Zohr gas field to start production by end of 2017
CAIRO – 1 May 2017: The Zohr gas field will be connected to the national gas grid in the first phase before the end of 2017, Petroleum Minister Tarek al-Molla said. Egypt targets the production of 2.7 billion cubic feet per day from Zohr by 2019, which is equivalent to half of the country’s current gas production.
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30 April 2017
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In post-revolution Egypt, a fierce fight over coal imports
In the months following the overthrow of former President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013, the biggest, most public cabinet-level political battle in Egypt wasn’t about terrorism, human rights or the ongoing political transition. Instead, it was about something seemingly far more prosaic: coal. The fight to preserve a long-standing ban on coal imports galvanized Egypt’s environmental movement, cost a cabinet minister her post and ultimately demonstrated the continued influence of powerful business lobbies in post-revolution Egypt.
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29 April 2017
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Turkish-Israeli pipeline deal on the way?
Sub Categories: » HOMEPAGE / OPINION/ SELIN NASITuesday,May 2 2017, Your time is 23:00:11 SELIN NASI Turkish-Israeli pipeline deal on the way? Print Page Send to friend » Share on Facebook “We could have Israeli gas in Turkey in the next three to four years,” said Shaul Meridor, the Israeli Energy Ministry’s director general, at the eighth annual Atlantic Council Istanbul Summit. The delegations have been engaged in very constructive talks in the last couple of months, Meridor says, noting that a deal between the two governments could occur soon, once the technical and commercial aspects of the pipeline project to transport Israeli gas to Europe via Turkey are agreed upon.
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28 April 2017
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Energy is not key to devastating competition, but cooperation, says Erdogan
One of the most emphasized issues at the Atlantic Council Istanbul Summit is the necessity for energy cooperation in order to bring stability to the region and the best use of the resources available therein. In his keynote address, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly underscored that energy is not a key for devastating competition among nations, but a key to cooperation between regional actors. Pointing out that Turkey sees energy as an important factor for peacemaking in its region and foreign policy, Erdogan noted that energy consumption also indicates the level of prosperity of a country. "We are trying to effectively use energy in our regional and bilateral relations with a share-based approach. Turkey has not acted and will not act with a unilateral win approach in energy as it does in any other matter," Erdogan said, recalling that Turkey has garnered significant results from the projects developed with the win-win principle. Suggesting that the U.S. and Turkey have great potential for business in the field of energy, Erdogan listed three foundations on which Turkey's energy strategy is based, namely supply security, localization and a predictable market.
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27 April 2017
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Israel's gas can be transferred to Turkey in 2-3 years
ANKARA The best option of three to carry Israel's natural gas to Europe is the route from Turkey to Europe which is possible within two to three years, according to the Director General of the Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources of Israel on Thursday. During the session entitled Boosting Regional Energy Partnerships and Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean the negotiations, director general Shaul Meridor confirmed Israel's large-scale natural gas discoveries in recent years, which need to be transported to European markets.
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27 April 2017
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Turkey-Israel natural gas deal important step for regional stability
As the normalization process between Turkey and Israel continues, the parties have focused on negotiating a partnership for energy trade that could be lucrative for both sides. To that end, an agreement to strike a deal for the energy trade between the two countries is expected soon The normalization of ties between Turkey and Israel have burgeoned inter-governmental dialogue on energy cooperation during the past year. The ongoing negotiations for the export of natural gas from Eastern Mediterranean gas field discovered by Israel to Turkey constitute a vital step for the region, highlighted Shaul Meridor, Director-General of Israeli Ministry of Energy in an interview with Daily Sabah at the Atlantic Council Istanbul Summit launched yesterday.
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27 April 2017
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Oil-Gas: Algeria to maintain its level of exports, while ensuring national supply
Sonatrach’s CEO, Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour, said Thursday in Paris, that Algeria would maintain its level of oil and gas exports, while ensuring security of supply to domestic market, APS reported on Thursday. “We will continue to ensure security of supply for our domestic market and will try to maintain and eventually increase the level of oil and gas exports,” he said in his address to the 18th summit, after having developed the challenges and opportunities of hydrocarbon industry in Algeria.
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24 April 2017
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Fools Rush In: Europe Pursues Israel Gas Deal for Political Not Economic Reasons
An Israel-Europe gas pipeline deal elevates Israel to the status of a major Mediterranean energy exporter. However, critics suggest the move is about more than mere economics, and serves a number of greater geopolitical objectives - namely, immunizing Isr
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23 April 2017
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Egypt exchanges 770MW of electricity with Jordan and Libya
Ministry of Electricity aims to increase the electricity connection with a number of neighboring countries to about 2,000MW by next year According to sources at the Ministry of Electricity, the total electricity capacity exchanged with Jordan and Libya is estimated at 770MW, adding that there is no electricity link with Syria, Iraq, or Palestine.
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23 April 2017
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Morocco Celebrates Earth Day Every Day
SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Moroccan American Center for Policy (MACP) — Morocco has long been a climate advocate, becoming the first African and Arab country to host a Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) in 2001. In November 2016, the country—dubbed a “perfect place for the world’s biggest climate change conference,” according to Quartz—again hosted world leaders in Marrakesh for COP 22, this time with the task of implementing the historic Paris Agreement from the year before.
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23 April 2017
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The Malta-Azerbaijan connection - chronology of a saga
Azerbaijan, along with Panama, has become the most talked about foreign country in the wake of allegations by journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia that the South Caucasus country has been funnelling money, through a company owned by the dictator’s daughter Leyla Aliyeva, to companies owned by Minister Konrad Mizzi, the Prime Minister’s chief of staff Keith Schembri and the Prime Minister’s wife Michelle Muscat.
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18 April 2017
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Southern Gas Corridor project proceeding with no interruptions
The founding director and chairman of the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, Richard L. Morningstar, stated that the energy cooperation between Turkey and the West is continuing without letup. "The construction process of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) is advancing without interruption," Morningstar said. Functioning as a bridge in energy, Turkey has been accomplishing a considerable number of new projects in many areas.
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30 March 2017
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Cyprus should develop its small gas fields
The Council of Ministers recently approved the selection of winners in the third oil and gas round, which comprises Blocks 6, 8 and 10 in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Development of the blocks could determine the future of Cyprus’ hydrocarbons development programme. US energy giant ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum filed the winning bid for Block 10, and the joint-venture of ENI and Total won Block 6. ENI also won Block 8 on its own.
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28 March
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Egypt to begin production from Zohr gas field by late 2017: Rosneft CEO
The CEO of Rosneft, the majority state-owned Russian oil company, said on Monday that the first gas production from Egypt's super giant Zohr gas field is scheduled by the end of 2017, according to state-run news agency MENA. Igor Sechen's statement came during a meeting with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Prime Minister Sherif Ismail on Monday evening.
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27 March 2017
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Interview with Egypt’s minister of petroleum & mineral resources, Tarek El-Molla
Egypt has faced challenges to its energy supply in recent years, but is looking ahead to new opportunities to revive domestic production. The country’s minister of petroleum and mineral resources Tarek El-Molla talks to BP Magazine about a new era of investment, how Egypt is well-placed to become a regional energy hub on the eastern Mediterranean, and the significant role that BP is playing in the country’s energy future.
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22 March 2017
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Energy union is on the right track: It's time to deliver
A major challenge lies ahead in achieving the right level of ambition and coordinating the political debate and legislative process of the winter package, writes Morten Helveg Petersen.
Today, the EU imports huge volumes of Russian gas and oil via various routes, at a cost of approximately €400bn per year. This threatens our energy security, is a huge obstacle for fighting climate change, and rarely delivers good value for European consumers. We need to change this, and in fact are doing so right now in Brussels. Shortly before Christmas, the Commission presented the latest elements of delivering the European energy union, the so-called 'winter package', which, if we get it right, will be the foundation for years to come of a completed and fundamentally evolved single energy market in Europe.
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20 March 2017
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Optimizing energy self-sufficiency through renewables on Mediterranean islands
Due to their high dependence on fossil fuels, Mediterranean islands are characterized by several energy criticalities in terms of high costs, security and management. PRISMI (Promoting RES Integration for Smart Mediterranean Islands) is an 18-month EU project funded by the Interreg MED Programme which aims to tackle these key challenges by supporting Mediterranean islands’ transition to an autonomous, cleaner, secure, low-carbon energy system – in line with the overall EU Energy Union package and EU2020 Strategy.
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14 March 2017
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One of the priorities of the Maltese EU Presidency will be to draw attention on the region
The implementation of a stable regulatory framework is a prerequisite to attract investors and ensure energy security of supply, Turkish energy regulator (EMRA) Vice President and MEDREG representative Mehmet Erturk told a seminar in the European Parliament in Brussels on March 8. He mentioned MEDREG report mapping out current and projected gas and electricity infrastructures in the Mediterranean basin, identifying the main barriers for investments and drawing a set of recommendations to overcome them. A survey submitted to Mediterranean regulators has revealed that the lack of clear institutional framework and regulatory obstacles constitute some of the biggest barriers to investments, Erturk said.
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9 March 2017
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France to introduce new regulation for self-consumption
France’s Parliament has given final passage to a law that regulates the installation of renewable energy systems for self-consumption. The new legislation will provide a clear regulatory framework for the grid-connection of these installations. The French government is also planning to support self-consumption through a rebate program.
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6 March 2017
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Implementation of Network Codes Boosts Integration of Europe`s Power Markets
Sixteen transmissions system operators (TSOs) are cooperating to create a Core capacity calculation region that will cover most of continental Europe. In this Core region they will adopt common methodologies to calculate and optimize cross-border transmission capacity. This will ease cross-border trade without endangering security of supply. This important move towards an integrated energy market was made possible by the EU network codes - a European code of conduct for the power system that is about to be completed this year with new rules on the Balancing market.
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5 March 2017
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France In Jordan
For decades, France has supported Jordan through its diplomatic mission and large-scale investments in the Kingdom. Venture met with four key figures who play an active role in solidifying and enriching this relationship; France’s Ambassador to Jordan, David Bertolotti; Executive Director of Operations and Director of the Jordan and Iraq offices of the French Development Agency (AFD), Laurence Breton-Moyet and Serge Snrech; and the Executive Director of CAFRAJ, Ibrahim Kattan.
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27 February 2017
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The Biggest-ever Infrastructure Project in Israel Gets Under Way
Plans to develop Phase 1 of the Leviathan gas field were approved last week. TheMarker answers who, what, where, when, why and how much
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27 February 2017
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Sustainability of the Renewable Energy Extraction Close to the Mediterranean Islands
The aim of this work is to explore the possibility of transitioning a fuel powered island to a renewable powered one. This transition is analyzed for the real MV/LV distribution system of the island of Pantelleria, in the Mediterranean Sea. Particularly, this work is focused on a renewable source nowadays totally unused: wave energy. Thanks to the innovative generator prototype designed by Department of Energy of University of Palermo (Italy), wave energy is able to represent a primary source for the production of electric energy in the Mediterranean islands. The procedures applied in the present article, as well as the main equations used, are the result of previous applications made in different technical fields that show a good replicability.
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