Gas field size puts Israel as exporter: US firm

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  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Gas field size puts Israel as exporter: US firm
    Gas field size puts Israel as exporter: US firm

    A gas field offshore from Israel holds an estimated 450 billion cubic metres (16 trillion cubic feet) of natural gas, positioning the Jewish state as an exporter, Noble Energy said on Wednesday.

    The new estimates, announced by the US firm which has a major stake in the field, said the Leviathan gas field dwarfs Israel's next biggest offshore field, Tamar.

    "Leviathan is the latest major discovery for Noble Energy and is easily the largest exploration discovery in our history," the firm's chairman Charles Davidson said in a statement.

    "This discovery has the potential to position Israel as a natural gas exporting nation," added company president David Stover.

    Further tests are required to discover the final estimated capacity of the Leviathan field, which lies offshore near the northern Israeli town of Haifa.

    But the capacity announced on Wednesday is encouraging news for Israel, which is hoping natural gas reserves offshore could give the Jewish state energy independence and allow it to export to Europe eventually.

    The Tamar field, with an estimated capacity of 178.4 billion cubic metres (6.3 trillion cubic feet), is not yet operational.

    It has been dogged by international squabbles between Israel and neighbouring nations over access, and a domestic brawl over the taxes and royalties the state can levy on the field.

    Israel's sole operating field, Yam Tethys, which currently supplies about 70 percent of the country's natural gas, will be depleted within three years.

    Noble Energy currently holds a 39.66 percent stake in Leviathan, along with Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration, which hold 22.67 percent each, and Ratio Oil Exploration, which holds the remaining 15 percent.

    -AFP/NOW Lebanon
  2. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Hrm. Could be a biggun. A lot of money to be made.

  3. fireplaceguy

    fireplaceguy Monkey+

    Good for Israel. There would be an honest argument for natural gas powered cars in a market that small/society so cohesive. With all the gas in the region, though, and the success of the shale plays everywhere, I wonder if there's really any potential for exports?
  4. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Yes,As liquid natural gas...
    Reckon how long you could run your ntl.gas generator on this supply ??? lol...
  5. fireplaceguy

    fireplaceguy Monkey+

    The region around Israel produces quite a bit of natural gas. It's costly to liquify and ship the stuff. The success of the shale plays has made natural gas plentiful and cheap again here where we use a lot of it. Don't see how these three facts mix well, hence my question about any potential for an export market.
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