ATHENS – Israel and Cyprus have enough gas to fill the proposed EastMed natural gas pipeline from the East Mediterranean to Europe, Israel’s Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz told New Europe in an interview in Athens on 3 January.

A few moments earlier, Steinitz signed with his Greek and Cypriot counterparts — Kostis Hatzidakis and Yiorgos Lakkotrypis — an intergovernmental agreement for the 1,900-kilometre EastMed pipeline at a ceremony in Athens. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades also attended the ceremony at the Zappeion Hall in Athens.

“We have enough gas in Israel and Cyprus to justify even two pipelines so certainly we have enough gas for one pipeline,” Steinitz told New Europe.