The world’s biggest natural gas producer, Israel, has long been one of the most aggressive proponents of its gas export to other countries.
Its gas pipeline to Egypt is one of several in place.
But as its natural gas prices soared and its exports dwindled, the country’s natural gas infrastructure was left to rust.
Last year, Israel shut its gas network to Egypt for nearly six months.
That left natural gas storage capacity and pipelines at risk, including those that feed Egypt’s export pipeline.
Now, the infrastructure in place is crumbling.
According to The New York Times, a new Israeli pipeline is being built to transport natural gas from the Negev Desert to the Mediterranean Sea.
The Negeve gas pipeline will transport the Israeli natural gas to the port of Ashdod, where it will be sold to customers in Europe.
But a major obstacle is a pipeline that runs through Israel’s northern desert.
It’s estimated that a third of the pipeline’s route crosses the Israel-Egypt border.
That means that the entire pipeline would need to be removed to complete the route.
What’s more, the pipeline could pose a security risk for Israel’s oil-dependent neighbors.
Israel has not built an oil pipeline since 2008, when it completed the West Bank pipeline.
As a result, oil exports to the West bank have plunged since then.
Israel is also struggling to export natural gas as demand in its own market has dwindled.
In addition to the Neveve pipeline, Israel is building a new natural gas terminal in the Nepean Sea.
The terminal is being developed to export oil from the fields to Israel’s southern port of Nahal Oz.
If completed, the terminal would be the first to deliver gas from Israel’s Negevy region to Egypt.
But that’s a major step toward completing the export of natural gas between the two countries.
Another pipeline is also in the works that could deliver gas to Egypt, according to the Times.
That pipeline, the Leviathan pipeline, is being planned by the Israeli gas company EDF.
Efforts to complete this pipeline have stalled because of the threat posed by a Palestinian militant group called Hamas, which has launched a series of attacks on Israeli pipelines in recent years.
Egypt is one such pipeline operator that’s concerned about the potential of this pipeline.
Last year, the Egyptian government agreed to a $3.3 billion deal with Israel, which includes financing for infrastructure improvements to help it access natural gas.
But the agreement does not guarantee a significant increase in Egypt’s gas imports from Israel.
One of the major issues that needs to be resolved in order to complete any gas pipeline between Israel and Egypt is the cost.
The Israeli gas terminal and pipeline would cost about $8 billion, according the Times, though the deal does not include the full cost of the infrastructure.