Egypt and Turkey sign two energy agreements, pledge closer cooperation

Ahram Online and agencies, Thursday 15 Sep 2011

Turkey may carry out gas exploration in the Mediterranean with Egypt and is considering importing gas from the north African country, Turkish energy minister announces

Turkish energy minister
Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, seen here in May 2009 (Photo: AFP)

Turkey has signed two energy memorandum of understanding deals with Egypt, one regarding cooperation of third-party countries and the other relating to power, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Wednesday .

He also announced Turkey may carry out gas exploration in the Mediterranean with Egypt and that it was considering importing gas from the north African country.

"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 told reporters during a visit to the Egyptian capital.

Yildiz also said Turkey would set up an electricity transmission line between Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt and Libya in seven to eight years.  

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