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Policy & Regulation

Turkish policies frustrate East Mediterranean gas plans

A new pact between Turkey and Libya will complicate efforts by other resource holders to cooperate on regional energy projects A new pact between Turkey and Libya will complicate efforts by other resource holders to cooperate on regional energy projects.
By James Gavin 19 December 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production 0 34894
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) with the head of Libya's UN-backed government, Fayez al-Sarraj, during their meeting in Istanbul on 15 December. (PA)

The key issue: Turkey has delivered a sharp reminder to its East Mediterranean neighbours that, for all the region’s resource potential, above-ground issues will continue to frustrate progress.

The first flows of Israeli gas to Egypt next month may one day prove to be a benchmark for regional energy cooperation, but recent events indicate the more ambitious East Mediterranean gas pipeline schemes will struggle for momentum so long as power politics hold sway.

Turkey’s willingness to ratchet up tensions, redrawing maritime boundaries and deploying military...