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Cyprus, Israel move forward with talks over disputed gas field

The Muslim Times

A view of the largest crane vessel in the world SSCV Thialf at the Leviathan gas platform of Noble Energy at the Mediterranean Sea, some 10 kilometres from the Israeli coast, January 31, 2019.
EPA-EFE/MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/POOL/FILE PICTURE

Talks between Nicosia and Tel Aviv and Israel are progressing on Israel’s Yishai gas field which is adjacent to Cyprus’ Aphrodite field, Cyprus’ new Energy, Commerce and Industry Minister Natasa Pilides said on August 5 after her first video conference with her Israeli counterpart Yuval Steinitz, Cyprus News Agency reported.

The Cypriot government granted the Noble Energy, Shell, and Delek consortium an exploitation licence for the Aphrodite gas field. The companies intended to pipe the gas to neighbouring Egypt. Noble Energy has since been bought out by Chevron. But Israel claims a share of the production of Aphrodite, as a small portion of the reservoir stretches…

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