One gas-rich region that is set to benefit from what Europe sees as the Machiavellian manoeuvring of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is the East Mediterranean.

Egypt has long been an exporter of gas — in its liquefied form — to Europe via its Idku and Damietta LNG plants.

In contrast, Israel is the new kid on the gas block, bringing on stream its huge Tamar and Leviathan offshore fields only recently when compared to its North African neighbour, albeit its first field, Noa, came online in 2000.