Cyprus is actively working toward achieving energy independence, according to the country's Energy Minister, George Papanastasiou. Speaking at the 11th Energy Symposium in Nicosia, Papanastasiou highlighted the significance of infrastructure projects as a means to harness the nation's energy potential. He emphasized the need for investments in Cyprus to enable cost-effective energy production, saying, "this is our purpose, this is why we insist on infrastructure."
Papanastasiou stressed the importance of fostering collaboration between the public and private sectors to effectively address the energy sector's challenges, such as cost management, ensuring a secure energy supply, and mitigating climate change.
The minister also pointed out that recent developments in the Middle East have heightened the urgency for energy projects in Cyprus, placing the nation on the brink of a new energy emergency. This has prompted a collective search for energy alternatives in the European Union (EU) member states, as well as the EU as a whole. Papanastasiou sees the Southeastern Mediterranean region, where Cyprus is located, as a potential energy corridor for Europe and believes that the region's energy resources could serve as an alternative source for the continent's energy needs. He said, "Consequently, it is now indeed the time for energy projects. It is the time when each European Union member state, but also the EU collectively, is eagerly looking for ways out of potential energy crises and ways to free themselves from dependence from unreliable energy suppliers, to ensure an uninterrupted energy supply."
He expressed confidence that Cyprus, through its natural gas reserves in the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone and the wider region, could become a pivotal energy hub in the Eastern Mediterranean, aligning its goals with those of neighboring nations and partners. This collaborative effort could involve transporting natural gas via pipelines or liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and exporting hydrogen produced in the region. Papanastasiou also suggested that renewable energy could be exported to Europe via electrical interconnectors, including the proposed link between Cyprus, Israel, and Greece, with potential extensions to Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia.
Additionally, Papanastasiou addressed the global concern of climate change, saying "a great effort" is being made both within the EU and globally to halt its course.
By fLEXI tEAM