An operational fault has halted pumping of oil from the Meged 5 site of Givot Olam Oil Exploration LP.
What is known is that sensors monitoring escapes of toxic substances identified excess gases from the extraction well, and it was therefore decided to halt extraction. It is also reported that the substance in question is apparently hydrogen sulphide, the same as halted work at the Noa drilling.
It is not yet clear when pumping will resume. It is believed that the partnership reported the fault to the Ministry of Environmental Protection, and that checks carried out by the ministry found no remnants of the substance in the air.
No response has been obtainable from Givot Olam.
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