ESilvan Shalom meets Andrea Faulkner 370.
(photo credit: Energy and Water Ministry)
Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom and Australian Ambassador Andrea
Faulkner agreed to bring a delegation of Australian energy and water officials
to Israel this spring, at a meeting in the minister’s Tel Aviv office on Tuesday
The decision was a result of a discussion about promoting
cooperation on energy and water issues between the ministry and the Australian
government, as well as relevant Australian firms, the minister’s office
During the meeting the two leaders discussed issues related to
Israel’s natural gas discoveries in Tamar and primarily in Leviathan, where the
Australian firm Woodside holds a conditional permit for a chunk of the
Silvan and Faulkner also discussed the Jordan River
Rehabilitation Project, which Shalom promotes as regional cooperation minister.
The purpose of the project is to promote peace by rehabilitating the polluted
river and its banks – shared by Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority,
Shalom’s office noted.
Thus far, the Regional Cooperation Ministry has
invested about NIS 1 million in preparing a comprehensive plan for transforming
the Jordan River into a cleaner and more tourist-friendly environment. In
response, Faulkner said the Australian government has expressed interest in the
project and, pending the submission of the comprehensive plan, may wish to join
as a partner.
As far as the Australian energy and water delegation goes,
Shalom told Faulkner that he would be happy to assist her in bringing its
members to Israel and help to expand their operations here. When the delegation
arrives this June, it will meet with senior officials from the energy and water
ministry, the office added.