National Infrastructures Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer has appointed a team of experts to advance the negotiations for an undersea infrastructure corridor to ship oil, natural gas, water and electricity from Turkey to Israel.
"Energy security for the State of Israel is a prime target and the Infrastructures Ministry is working vigorously to achieve this target for the future of the State of Israel, the country's economy and its citizens," said Ben-Eliezer.
The expert team headed by Hezi Kugler, the ministry's director-general, includes representatives of the Environment Ministry, Finance Ministry and Foreign Ministry as well as experts in the relevant fields such as Prof. Uri Shani, director of the Water Authority, Shuki Stern, director of the Natural Gas Authority and Prof. Barak Herut, director of the Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute.
Last month Ben-Eliezer met Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Dr. Hilmi Guler to discuss the preliminary feasibility study over the proposed Israel-Turkey infrastructure corridor, which would run from Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan to the port of Haifa.
Both agreed to set up a team of exports on both sides for the technical evaluation of the project and the advancement of a memorandum of understanding.
At the end of last year, Ben-Eliezer and Guler reached a tentative agreement to build a network of pipelines to ship oil, natural gas and water from Turkey to Israel. Following several years of discussions for fresh water supplies, Turkey also would build a new fresh water pipeline, as part of the agreement, to carry Turkish water from the Mediterranean region to Israel.