Haaretz, Aug. 31, 2015
the potential discovery could harm the chances of development of Israel’s own Leviathan field on time, because it was supposed to have relied on Egypt as a major customer for the gas. Indeed, that was supposed to pay for the field’s development. Leviathan’s partners hoped to sign a 15-year deal to export gas to the British Gas facility in northern Egypt, which, lacking local gas, has been shuttered for a long time.
The partners in another Israeli offshore field, Tamar, also hoped to export about a quarter of their gas to Egypt’s other natural gas plant, owned by Fenosa Gas, in which Eni is also a 40-percent partner.