Cyprus Pushes More Gas Exports

NICOSIA — Cyprus says a deal by U.S. company Noble Energy to sell a 35 percent stake in its gas exploration rights in waters off the east Mediterranean island to Britain’s BG International is an important step forward for the country’s plans to supply Egypt with natural gas.

Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said Nov. 23 that Noble Energy will keep a 35 percent stake and remain the operator of an area, or block, where it has discovered a field estimated to contain more than 4 trillion cubic feet of gas.

Lakkotrypis said the deal, which still needs Cyprus’ approval, is a vote of confidence on the commercial prospects of Cyprus’ offshore gas deposits. It also boosts the chances of developing the gas field since BG operates a gas processing plant in Idku, Egypt.


NICOSIA - A Cypriot anti-racist organization, Far Right Watch Cy denounced what it said was an attack against Turkish-Cypriots by a group of Greek-Cypriots and warned it could lead to retaliation and further tension on the island.

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