According to Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades, his country could deliver natural gas to the European Union earlier if Brussels gave more support to the development of supply structures. “The EU has already signed a memorandum of understanding with Israel and Egypt, according to which the European Union intends to promote gas supplies from these countries and also from all sources in the Eastern Mediterranean, including Cyprus. This or a comparable mechanism could encourage companies to set up the necessary delivery structures more quickly," said Anastasiades WELT AM SONNTAG. In this case, delivery can be faster.
Production of natural gas from areas off the Cyprus coast is still in preparation. Several international corporations such as Chevron, Shell, Eni, Total and Qatar Oil are involved. So far, natural gas production is expected to start in 2027.
According to official estimates, the Aphrodite gas field alone, one of three production areas in Cypriot waters, can supply five to ten billion cubic meters of gas per year. Since the war in Ukraine, the EU has been trying to become independent of Russian natural gas supplies and find new, less problematic suppliers. The Republic of Cyprus has been a member of the EU since 2004.
Today, "Turkey's aggressive action" in Cyprus' exclusive economic zone is a major obstacle to starting natural gas supplies, Anastasiades said. "Turkey does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus, violates international maritime law and conducts illegal test drilling off our coast."
During his visit to Berlin this week, Anastasiades asked for help from Germany and the EU in resolving the conflict.