Skip to content

Power Links to Europe Get New Life in Push to Cut Russian Energy

Greece sees planned undersea cable from Egypt, and another from Israel via Cyprus as important projects for Europe’s energy security

Electricity transmission pylons northeast of Athens, Greece.

Electricity transmission pylons northeast of Athens, Greece.

Photographer: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

A plan to build cables that will bring electricity from Egypt and Israel to Greece is getting a renewed push as Europe seeks to slash reliance on Russian energy. 

The link from Egypt and another from Israel via Cyprus are seen as important for energy security amid deteriorating relations with Moscow, with the European Union banning seaborne oil imports and Russia cutting off gas supplies to some buyers in the region. One of the cables is planned to transport only green energy, helping the bloc move forward a 210 billion-euro ($225 billion) energy plan that has renewables at its core.