Update on gas deal with Israel

No plans to supply gas to Israel: Officia
The Peninsula

DOHA: Dr Ibrahim Al Ibrahim, deputy chairman and marketing director of RasGas Company said that Qatar has no plans to supply gas to Israel.In press statement on the sideline of a Scientific Arabic –Turkish Forum, he said he was surprised of such rumors doing the rounds.

He said Qatar has stopped supplying Turkey with 2.1 million tones gas since April due to failure of the Turkish company to sign a long-term contract with RasGas. He said, it is still possible to resupply the Turkish market with more Qatari gas since the Algerian gas supplies to Turkey were terminated. He said, the rise in gas demand in Japan due to the recent earthquake will not affect the Qatari gas prices since Qatar has more than 30 million tonnes as emergency reserves in the last two years.

تصدير غاز لإسرائيل؟

تردد في الاعلام الصهيوني والكثير من الاعلام الغربي عن امكانية وجود اتفاق قطري-إسرائيلي لتصدير الغاز القطري لإسرائيل..

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AUSTIN, Texas, May 10 (UPI) — Israel may be looking to Qatar to allay energy concerns related to ongoing issues with Egyptian natural gas deals, an analysis suggests.

Qatar apparently offered Israel a deal to sell it liquefied natural gas at a ministerial meeting last weekend in London, Texas intelligence company Stratfor reports.

Israel is concerned about the future of its natural gas deal with Egypt, which supplies its northern neighbor with a significant amount of gas under a 2005 deal.

That deal is controversial, however, as it is alleged that former Egyptian officials were getting personal benefits from the Israeli gas deal. Egyptian deliveries are also the target of insurgent attacks that can disrupt Israeli supplies.

Israel is keen to develop its giant offshore Tamar and Leviathan gas fields, though development is years way. Qatar, meanwhile, is the largest exporter of liquefied natural gas in the world and Israel said in February it was building a floating LNG platform off the coast of Hadera.

Stratfor said, however, that even though Qatari deliveries bring more security to Israel, “in the near term Israel will have little choice but to accede to Cairo’s demands on changes to the natural gas deal.”

دعت الحملة الشعبية لوقف تصدير الغاز لإسرائيل إلى تشكيل لجنة قومية برئاسة رئيس محكمة النقض والأجهزة الرقابية وأعضاء من المجالس القومية المتخصصة وخبراء البترول العاملين في القطاع الحكومي والأهلي، للكشف عن الاحتياطي الحقيقي للبترول والغاز والثروة المعدنية في مصر ومراجعة الاتفاقيات الدولية للتسويق.