The East Mediterranean Gas (EMG) pipeline, which transports natural gas from Israel to Egypt, has resumed operations after a month-long halt caused by Israel's war with Hamas militants in Gaza, Reuters reported on Tuesday.
Chevron Mediterranean Limited (CML), the operator of the EMG pipeline, confirmed in a statement that natural gas flow through the pipeline had resumed on November 14, 2023, after exports via the pipeline were initially halted on October 10, three days after the conflict began.
The EMG pipeline runs from the southern Israeli town of Ashkelon, located approximately 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of Gaza, to El-Arish in Egypt, where it connects to an onshore pipeline.
Stretching approximately 90 kilometers (56 miles), the EMG pipeline connects the Chevron-operated Leviathan offshore gas field in Israel to El-Arish in Egypt, where it joins an onshore pipeline network. The Leviathan consortium comprises operator Chevron, Israel's NewMed Energy, and Ratio Energies.
Chevron had previously announced on Monday that it had resumed natural gas supply from the offshore Tamar field, one month after being instructed by Israeli authorities to halt operations due to the regional unrest.
The resumption of natural gas flows through the EMG pipeline marks a significant step in restoring energy supplies to Egypt, which has been grappling with energy shortages in recent years. The pipeline is expected to play a crucial role in diversifying Egypt's energy sources and reducing its reliance on imported liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Chevron's decision to restart gas deliveries from Tamar and the EMG pipeline highlights the company's commitment to ensuring a stable and reliable energy supply to its partners in the region. The resumption of operations is also a positive indicator of the region's resilience and its ability to bounce back from periods of conflict and instability.