The Palestinian Territory

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BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PROJECT

In April 2007, the Palestinian Authorities requested assistance from Norway for capacity building, technical assistance and advice in planning and preparing for a Palestinian petroleum sector.

In 2007, the British Gas Group was negotiating gas sales from the Gaza Marine field via a pipeline to a terminal at Ashkelon in Israel. Due to lack of progress in the negotiations, British Gas terminated the negotiations in 2008 and closed its office in Israel. Since then nothing has happened regarding the commercial situation. Meanwhile, Israel has discovered several major gas fields north of and outside the Gaza territorial waters, presumably reducing the Israeli interest in any cooperative development of the Palestinian fields.

Participants from OfD and the World Bank completed a fact-finding mission in August 2007, followed by meetings with Prime Minister Fayad, the Palestinian Ministry of Finance, the Palestinian Energy Authority, and Other government institutions.

A three-day seminar on petroleum resource management was organized in December 2007, in cooperation with the Palestinian Energy Authority and the Representative Office of Norway to the Palestinian Authority.

 

Photo: Erica Silverman

Photo: Erica Silverman

 

ACTIVITIES IN 2010

Continuing conflicts in the region have caused a virtual standstill in the programme implementation. Apart from participation in the annual meeting with the Palestinian Energy Authority, no OfD activities took place in 2010.

 

 

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2010

No programme activities were carried out in 2010.


06.07.2011