Greece says EastMed pipeline deal to be signed on January 2020
ATHENS - Agence France-Presse
The Greek government said on Dec. 22 that it will sign an agreement for a huge pipeline project with Greek Cyprus and Israel on January that is designed to ship gas from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s office said the agreement for the EastMed pipeline would be signed in Athens on January 2 with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades.
The 2,000-kilometer (1,200-mile) pipeline will be able to transfer between nine and 12 billion cubic meters a year from offshore gas reserves between Israel and Greek Cyprus to Greece, and then on to Italy and other southeastern European countries.
Greece responded angrily to the Turkey-Libya deal, expelling the Libyan ambassador and urging the UN to condemn it.
Part of the deal sets a maritime boundary between the two countries, which Greece says fails to take into account the island of Crete.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said earlier this month that he envisaged joint energy exploration activities with Libya in the eastern Mediterranean.
Turkey already has ships searching for oil and gas off Cyprus, and says the Turkish Cyprus has the right to explore around the entire island.