This project continues as one of the leading initiatives of the Centre. Launched shortly after the discovery of natural gas resources by the Republic of Cyprus in the island’s offshore in late 2011, the project produced in February 2013 a serious study of the new subject of hydrocarbons offshore Cyprus and its implications for the Cyprus problem. Since 2014, the project’s scope has been expanded to include research and analysis about energy and hydrocarbons-related economic and political issues and developments in the wider Eastern Mediterranean context, including, in particular, Turkey, Greece, Israel and Egypt. According to a 2010 assessment of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Eastern Mediterranean’s Nile Delta Basin and Levant Basin Provinces together may hold a mean of 223 plus 122 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of recoverable gas (equivalent, for example, to more than double the current gas reserves of Algeria, the country with the biggest proven reserves in the Mediterranean region).
Peer-reviewed Journal Article
Gürel, Ayla & Laura Le Cornu (2014) Can Gas Catalyse Peace in the Eastern Mediterranean?, The International Spectator: Italian Journal of International Affairs 49(2): 11–33.
Gürel, Ayla (2016) Eastern Mediterranean Gas: Source of Prosperity for the Region? , in Colombo, Silvia ; Mohamed El Harrak; & Nicolò Sartori, eds, The Future of Natural Gas Markets and Geopolitics. Netherlands: Lenthe/European Energy Review (117–138).
Gürel, Ayla (2016) Offshore Gas: An Anticatalyst in Efforts to Reunify Cyprus, in Warner, Jonathan ; David W. Lovell ; & Michalis Kontos , eds, Contemporary Social and Political Aspects of the Cyprus Problem. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (58–89).
Non-refereed Journal Article
Gürel, Ayla & Harry-Zachary Tzimitras (2016) Cyprus Settlement Negotiations: From Euphoria to Reality, Turkish Policy Quarterly 15(1): 51–63.
Gürel, Ayla; Harry Tzimitras; & Hubert Faustmann, eds, (2014) East Mediterranean Hydrocarbons: Geopolitical Perspectives, Markets, and Regional Cooperation, PRIO Cyprus Centre Report, 3. Cyprus : PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Faustmann, Hubert; Ayla Gürel; & Gregory M. Reichberg, eds, (2012) Cyprus Offshore Hydrocarbons: Regional Politics and Wealth Distribution, PRIO Cyprus Centre Report, 1. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Report - Other
Ellinas, Charles ; Harry-Zachary Tzimitras; & John Roberts (2016) Hydrocarbon Developments in the Eastern Mediterranean The Case for PragmatismUSA: Atlantic Council, Global Energy Center and Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.