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Friday, October 21, 2005

Israel And Turkey, Oil And Water?

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency) A recent visit to Turkey by Israel’s infrastructure minister has given a renewed push to several projects that Israeli officials believe could have an important regional impact. [...]

One proposed plan is the construction of a pipeline to bring water from Turkey to Israel. Israel last year signed a 20-year deal to import drinking water from a plant on Turkey’s Manavgat River.

This project would not only benefit Israel, but surrounding nations (such as Jordan and the Palestinian Territories) as well. Turkey is also negotiating building a power plant within the region (a $360 million deal) but it seems that Turkey is interested in building another pipeline that may not only benefit the region, but perhaps Asia as well.

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency) Another idea that was discussed, according to Israeli officials, is a proposal to use Israel as a transit point for oil arriving in Turkey via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, or BTC, pipeline. That’s a $4 billion, 1,093-mile project that will bring Caspian Sea oil and natural gas to Turkey’s Mediterranean coast from Azerbaijan via Georgia. [...]

Israel’s location and small size may turn out to be a strategic advantage. Since the largest oil tankers can’t sail through the Suez Canal, oil pumped at Ceyhan and headed to Asia would have to make a lengthy trip around Africa. Pumping is expected to begin later this year.

If this deal becomes successful, this could help improve the Israeli economy and give this tiny nation more influence in a region known to reject its existence. If successfully built, this pipeline could provide much needed fuel to not only India (who is expressing interest in the deal) but also as far away as Japan. Such a structure may not bode well with the Egyptians however, as it would take away revenue from their Suez Canal.

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