Russia’s Gazprom considering Israeli gas?

April 15, 2010 by  

JERUSALEM, April 14 (UPI) — Russian gas explorers have approached the Israeli government regarding possible offshore exploration activity, Israeli ministers said.

A delegation from Russian energy giant Gazprom arrived in Israel to meet with government ministers regarding offshore activity, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reports.

Gazprom officials met with Israeli Infrastructure Minister Yaakov Mimran to discuss possible work in the Mira and Sarah offshore gas fields.

Gazprom, Haaretz adds, expressed interest in the past in working as the operator in several Israeli oil and gas fields. Work in Israel could include gas transits from Turkey, the report added.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in February, however, said his country was losing interest in Russian gas because of offshore developments closer to home.

“We discovered very large deposits of gas on the shore of the sea close to Israel, very large,” he said. “So, whereas we had a very clear interest before in getting Russian gas, right now we are less enthusiastic because we simply found gas.”

A U.S.-Israeli team announced recently it discovered more than 3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in deposits about 55 miles off the coast of Haifa.

For more on Gazprom’s attempts at Israeli gas read: ” Russia Tried to Buy in to Israel’s Gas Discovery”.

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2 Responses to “Russia’s Gazprom considering Israeli gas?”

  1. Larry Barratt on April 15th, 2010 4:26 pm

    Israel, stand your ground – you don’t need Russian gas anymore than we in America need ObamaCare. If we don’t stand against the evil and despots in the world now, none of us will have any hope for the future.
    As a proud American citizen that did not vote for our President, I support Israel and you God Given Land Forever !!!!

  2. dean staples on April 17th, 2010 2:13 pm

    If Gazprom actually does come into Israel as operator for Bontan, I don’t know how much closer you could get to the Ezekiel 38 prophecy than the actual invasion itself. I understand BIBI N. has been doing more bible reading since his son Avner became the bible quiz winner. Someone should point ou to him that allowing Russia to be part of the energy maarket in Israel could all by itself be placing the HOOK in their jaw as referred to in this infamous bible chapter about a pending invasion by GoG and Magog into Israel!Someone else care to speculate????

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