According to reports, at least 10 companies, including two Turkish energy firms, have presented offers in the tender for the exporting of natural gas from Israel’s Leviathan gas field to Turkey through a pipeline. Bidders include Turkey’s Zorlu Group, which already holds an indirect stake in an Israeli power plant, and a joint bid by Turcas Petrol and German electricity utility RWE.

Leviathan is estimated to hold some 540 billion cubic meters of gas, enough to supply Europe for a year. The field is being developed by U.S. based Noble Energy, which is the project’s lead partner with a 30 percent stake, while the other groups involved are Israel’s Delek Group, Avner Oil Exploration and Ratio Oil Exploration and Australian Woodside, who joined the field by acquiring 25 percent stake in February.