Turkey has protested a recent agreement reached between Israel, Greece and Cyprus advancing plans to build a 2,000-megawatt undersea electricity cable (the so-called EuroAsia Interconnector) connecting the three, the Anadolu Agency reported Monday.
Turkey formally protested against the agreement, arguing that the route of the planned cable, expected to be funded by the EU, transgressed Turkish territorial waters.
In diplomatic protest notes presented to Greek, Israeli and EU diplomats in Ankara, Turkish officials also stated that the three countries needed to seek Turkey’s approval before conducting feasibility studies, the agency reported.
Greece, Cyprus and Israel signed a a trilateral MoU last week to expedite permits and approvals to conduct feasibility studies for the undersea cable and to coordinate with their respective national electricity regulators on how best to proceed.
The 3 Ministers of #Energy of #Cyprus, #Israel & #Greece – @NatasaPilidou, @steinitz_yuval & @KostasSkrekas – signed the historic MoU on cooperation in relation to the @EuroAsia_HVDC Interconnector #electricity Project of Common Interest (PCI3.10).https://t.co/AxdkWLLI8f pic.twitter.com/svvO7gNfMU
— EuroAsia Interconnector (@EuroAsia_HVDC) March 9, 2021
Upon completion, the €2.5 bln EuroAsia Interconnector will be the world’s longest subsea power cable and could boost solar PV development in all three countries substantially.
In January, the three countries have also signed a deal to build a 1,900 km subsea pipeline to carry natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean’s gas fields to Europe.