THE ICDP rig Dead Sea 58.
(photo credit: Sasson Tiram)
The Israeli partners in the Leviathan prospect on Thursday notified the Tel Aviv
Stock Exchange that a delay was likely in completing various tests on the
Leviathan 1 well.
The results were due to be published on Monday but
won’t be ready until late this month. The tests include the logs (electrical
tests) in the main target strata (prospect NG 10).
Leviathan’s Israel partners – Delek Group Ltd. units Avner Oil and Gas LP and
Delek Drilling LP, and Ratio Oil Exploration (1992) LP – have been waiting for
weeks for the results from the exploratory well. The Israeli companies said
their US partner and well operator, Noble Energy Inc. unit Noble Energy
Mediterranean Inc., informed them of the delay.
Two weeks ago, the
Leviathan partners announced that signs of natural gas were found in Leviathan’s
first target strata, at a depth of 5,100 meters. Seismic studies indicate the
presence of 16 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the structure, almost
double the quantity at Tamar, which is also partly owned by Delek and Noble
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