The Tamar natural gas field production announced on Wednesday that its production platform, said to be the largest infrastructure project in Israeli history, was en route to Israel.

The platform has left the Keiwit Shipyards in Corpus Christi, Texas, after 18 months of construction, and is set to arrive in Israel during the fourth quarter of the year on board the largest barge of its kind.

The production platform is 290 meters high, taller than Israel's tallest skyscraper, the Moshe Aviv Tower, which is 244 meters high.

Production at the Tamar field is scheduled to begin in March 2013, and will supply natural gas to the Israeli economy for decades.

Gas from the Tamar platform, located 90 kilometers west of Haifa, will flow via a 16-inch pipeline 150 kilometers south to the Mari B platform, 24 kilometers west of Ashkelon, and then to the gas terminal onshore. The link-up will, for the first time in Israel's history, give the country energy independence, saving billions of shekels a year, and will lower electricity rates over time as production switches to natural gas.

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