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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Israel, Gazprom To Resume Talks

JERUSALEM -- Israel's quest to make natural gas its chosen fuel of the 21st century has led the Jewish state to re-start frozen contacts with Russia over a plan to build a gas pipeline under the Mediterranean.

The head of the Russian gas giant Gazprom, Rem Viakhirev, is expected in Israel this week for discussions on the proposal for the supply of Russian gas that would be piped to Israel from Turkey under the sea.

Talks were frozen last year and Ranaan Gissin, a spokesman for Israel's infrastructure ministry, said the visit was being made at Gazprom's request.

Israel last year invited offers for the construction of a gas pipeline, and has been involved in discussions to find gas suppliers for several years.

The gas is to be used to power three new power stations in Tel Aviv, the northern port of Haifa and the southern city of Ashdod, said Deddy Golan, spokesman for the national electricity company.