Feeling emboldened by recent gas discoveries in its offshore, Cyprus has chosen to play hardball with the partners of the country’s first gas discovery, 3.5tcf Aphrodite, made back in 2011. On 30 April, Nicosia informed the field’s partners, Chevron (35%op), Shell (35%) and Israel’s NewMed (30%), that their latest proposed revisions the field’s 2019 development plan, submitted on 28 March “are not acceptable to the Government of Cyprus.”