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