JERUSALEM (AP) — One among Israel’s greatest power firms plans to promote its share of a big offshore gasoline discipline to a agency based mostly within the United Arab Emirates for an estimated $1.1 billion, the largest such deal because the two nations normalized ties final yr.
Delek Drilling, owned by the Israeli billionaire Yitzhak Tshuva, stated Monday that it signed a memorandum of understanding with Mubadala Petroleum, a part of a conglomerate owned by the federal government of Abu Dhabi. The proposed deal was detailed in a notification filed with Israeli authorities.
Delek Drilling is required to promote its 22% share of the offshore Tamar gasoline discipline by the top of this yr as a part of a 2015 gasoline framework settlement aimed toward introducing extra competitors to the Israeli gasoline sector, which has grown in recent times with the invention of huge offshore reserves.
The Tamar discipline, which went on-line in 2013, is believed to carry greater than 300 billion cubic meters of gasoline. Chevron and the Israeli-American firm Isramco every personal round a 3rd of Tamar, with the rest held by smaller companies.
Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed to normalize relations final yr in a U.S.-brokered deal. Since then, Israelis have flocked to the UAE, dwelling to the bustling futuristic cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and corporations have pursued partnerships in a variety of sectors.
The normalization settlement, which was adopted by comparable accords with Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco, eroded the long-standing Arab consensus that recognition of Israel ought to solely be granted in return for advancing the peace course of with the Palestinians.
The Palestinians forged the agreements as a betrayal of their trigger, and the criticism has flared once more in current days as Palestinians have clashed with Israeli police in Jerusalem. The UAE has expressed concern in regards to the violence and known as on Israel to take steps to calm tensions.