Ministry gives nod to develop Noa gas field

New field could produce up to 1.2 billion cubic meters of natural gas, ensure security against Egyptian pipeline, Tamar field.

By AMIRAM BARKAT / GLOBES
June 13, 2011 10:16
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Offshore Leviathan gas field.

leviathan gas drill. (photo credit: (Albatross))

 
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National Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau instructed Noble Energy Tuesday to develop the Noa North gas reserve in the Noa license after concerns that the field spilled over into Palestinian territory.

Sources informed Globes that the final decision to develop the field came after operator Noble Energy convinced National Infrastructure Ministry experts that the field did not spill over into other parts of the reserve, which is partly under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority in the economic zone of the Gaza Strip.

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Up to now, Landau has refrained from ordering development of the Noa field, fearing that this would lead to diplomatic problems vis-à-vis the Palestinian Authority. Globes reported in the past that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the matter with President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas.

A letter sent yesterday by recently appointed Petroleum Supervisor Michael Gardosh states that the total amount of gas that will be produced from the field is 1.2 billion cubic meters.

This quantity should make up the shortfall in gas likely to arise if Egypt were to cut off supplies like it had done earlier this year, or if there is a delay in the supply of gas from the Tamar discovery.

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