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Egypt and Turkey discuss joint gas exploration


During a high profile visit by a Turkish delegation the possibility of Turkey carrying out gas exploration in the Mediterranean with Egypt as well as the potential of importing Egyptian gas was discussed.


Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz was quoted as saying by reporters as saying: “Turkey and Egypt may work together in oil and gas, we have discussed this topic, now some time is needed, we may carry out exploration in the Mediterranean. We are importing natural gas from five countries, we are considering if we can add Egypt as the sixth, we are also in talks regarding LNG.'

Yildiz added that Turkey had signed two energy memorandum of understanding deals with Egypt, one of them regarding cooperation of third-party countries and the other was related to power.

Yıldız also said he expected the 1,200 km Arab Natural Gas Pipeline to be completed by the end of this year, adding that the pipeline would have two routes. One pipeline flows from Azerbaijan to Syria, Lebanon and Jordan via Turkey and the second from Egypt to Turkey, he added.

Turkey will also demand for six wells in Libya to be enlarged and for deadlines to be extended.