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November 1, 2013 10:49 am

Report: Turkey’s Zorlu Enerji in Talks to Build Gas Pipeline to Israel

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Natural gas from Israel's Tamar field began flowing to customers in 2013. Photo: Screenshot / Youtube.

Natural gas from Israel's Tamar field began flowing to customers in 2013. Photo: Screenshot / Youtube.

Turkey’s Zorlu Group, which holds an indirect stake in an Israeli power plant, has begun talks with Israeli companies to finance a pipeline that could export gas from the Jewish state’s Leviathan and Tamar offshore fields to Turkey, Reuters and Turkey’s Hurriyet daily reported on Friday, citing industry and diplomatic sources.

The report also cited Ömer Yüngül, chief executive of Zorlu Holding, the owner of Zorlu Enerji, as saying, “Turkey is a very suitable route for Israeli gas. I can even say it is the most suitable,” although he would not confirm the talks.

Zorlu Energy holds a 25 percent stake in Dorad Energy, which is building an 875 megawatt gas-fired power plant in Ashkelon on the Israeli coast. Yüngül said the first unit of the plant would come on line by February 2014.

This week, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz told an energy conference in Istanbul that Turkey was very interested in playing a large role in exporting Israel’s gas deposits.

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  • HaroldT

    Are the Israeli’s out of their mind, building the pipeline to Turkey.
    Build a terminal in Israel and be independent of any hostile nation.

  • Feh! Don’t help Turkey until those Turks oust that extremist leader and elect someone who is friendly to Israel like it has been in the past.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Probably the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Tell Turkey to stick the gas pipe in Erdogan’s mouth.

  • Vivienne Leijonhufvud

    The current Islamic administration in Turkey will not endear Turkey to either Israel or Europe. Change the regime and then talk.

  • HaroldT

    Wake up to the new reality.
    Turkey under the present regime is no friend of Israel.
    Cyprus and Greece are reliable partners

  • Andrew

    Why would Israel cooperate with Turkey on anything just does not make sense.

    • Money

      • sheldon

        Of course it does. It represents forces that would rather do business with Israel than follow the government’s current political position, and it puts pressure on the government. The Israeli and Turkish military were on good footing for a long time.

        • Andrew

          Yeah but after Erdogan’s Stalin impersonation, most of those generals and higher ranking officers who supported the alliance are now rotting in Turkish prisons

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