US independent Noble Energy and Israel’s Delek Drilling, partners in Israel’s Leviathan and Tamar gas fields, have teamed up with Egypt’s East Gas Company to buy a 39% stake in the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Company (EMGC) for $518m.EMGC operates a 90km pipeline connecting the Israeli pipeline network from Ashkelon to the Egyptian pipeline network near El Arish. In February, Noble signed an export deal with Egypt’s Dolphinus Holdings to supply gas from the two offshore fields into the Egyptian market over ten years.