National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom promoted the
idea of exporting some of Israel’s natural gas to Italy, during an
inter-governmental G2G meeting with Italian Economic Development Minister Flavio
Zanonato on Monday in Rome.
“The export of natural gas to Italy is in the
common interest of both countries,” Shalom said. “Italy is a true ally of Israel
and a major player in the arena.”
While Israel has solidified its natural
gas export policy, the country still has yet to decide where to export the
amounts allocated for this purpose. Shalom and Zanonato discussed one particular
option, which would involve making use of the idle liquefaction facilities in
Egypt, owned by the Italian company ENI. This option would allow for Israel to
transform its resource into liquefied natural gas, and from there export the gas
to Italy and larger Europe.
Shalom presented the relevant plans to
Zanonato, who said that he would try to take action to promote such a project,
as it would be the quickest and most financially viable option for all parties
involved, according to the Energy Ministry.
“Both states have a desire to
promote the option that will be economical and quick for exporting natural gas
between the countries, while all the options are on the table including the
Egyptian-Italian one,” Shalom said.
During the meeting, the two ministers
discussed the options of Israel exporting gas to Turkey, Greece and Cyprus, as
well as the advantages and disadvantages involved with each.
Shalom and Zanonato discussed the subject of compressed natural gas, and the
need to actively promote the entrance of this alternative fuel resource into the
public transportation sector.
Also at the meeting, Israel’s national
water company Mekorot and the Italian water firm ACAE signed a cooperation
“Today the fact remains that there is almost no country in the
world, even those with which Israel has no diplomatic relations, that does not
use Israeli water technologies, and for that we are proud,” Shalom said.