Noble Energy has sold its 43.5% stake in Israel’s Tamar natural gas field, a week after announcing that it will fund a natural gas export deal with Egypt, Reuters reported.

The Texas-based firm all of its 40 million shares in the Tamar field for $4.26 each through the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

The announcement comes days after the Noble-led consortium announced the purchase of a 39% stake in the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Company (EMG).

The move paves the way for Israel to begin exporting natural gas to Egypt in 2019 through the EMG-owned Ashkelon-El Arish pipeline.