Israeli and Egyptian energy ministers discuss plans for natural gas trade

Israeli Energy Minister Karin El-Harar met with Egyptian Oil Minister Tariq El-Molla on Monday to discuss “future plans” for the re-export of Israeli natural gas to Egypt’s natural gas refineries, the ministers said in a joint statement.

According to Jordan’s MENAFN, the two ministers discussed by telephone the ongoing cooperation in the field of natural gas and future plans to strengthen cooperation between the two countries within the framework of the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum (MMF).

EGMF is a non-governmental organization that deals with natural gas issues and works to strengthen cooperation between member states and create a regional gas market, which facilitates resource development and improves trade relations at competitive prices.

One future initiative between Israel and Egypt is for Israeli natural gas to be consumed in Egyptian factories and then reused.

Israel has been exporting natural gas to Egypt since January 2020, a historic milestone in bilateral relations.

In February of this year, El Molla visited Israel in search of Lithuanian natural gas with that energy minister, Uval Steinitz.Due to environmental concerns, children are taking over the world on the Leviathan natural gas field off the coast of Israel. (Source: REUTERS / NIR ELIAS)

In addition to its relations with Egypt, Israel is part of the Cairo-based MMF, with the authority of Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Jordan and Palestine.

Energy Minister El-Harar commented on the plans, noting that Egypt is an important partner for Israel in all fields, MENAFN reported.

“As a Middle Easterner, I prefer gas to coal rather than coal,” she reported on military radio. Israel will win twice – there will be economic gain and little pollution in the region. . “

For years, Egypt has relied on coal as its main source of fossil fuels. However, the country has been lagging behind in recent years, and plans to build the world’s second-largest coal mine were postponed indefinitely in April last year.Egyptian workers work in a traditional coal factory (Credit: REUTERS / AMR ABDALLAH DALSH)Egyptian workers work in a traditional coal factory (Credit: REUTERS / AMR ABDALLAH DALSH)

When burned efficiently, natural gas can emit less waste and toxins than other fossils and biomass fuels and generate heat and electricity. However, if left untreated, it will emit the same carbon footprint as other fuels, and is one of the main causes of climate change today, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

According to a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), “many changes over the past and future greenhouse gas emissions are irreversible for millions, especially in oceans, glaciers, and global altitudes.”

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