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Energy Minister To Approve Natural Gas Pipeline Plan In Cabinet

The Jerusalem Post reports: The cabinet is expected to approve Energy, Infrastructures and Water Resources Minister Yuval Steinitz’s plan next week to connect Israel’s off-shore natural gas reserves to land.

The plan, known as National Master Plan (TAMA) 37-H, calls for the Leviathan gas field to have two main connection points for pipelines on land – one in Emek Hefer and the other near Yokne’am.

Ministry director-general Shaul Meridor welcomed the “important” decision, saying an additional pipeline is an economic necessity.

He added that the decision applies only to the 621 billion cubic meter Leviathan reservoir at the moment, though it could eventually be applied to the smaller, 70 bcm Tanin and Karish reservoirs as well.

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