Israeli natural gas field in the Mediterranean.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
The Leviathan offshore natural gas field has brought Israel into a new era, according to Binyamin A. Zomer, vice president for regional affairs for Noble Energy, which operates Leviathan.
Speaking at Wednesday’s Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference, Zomer said that since February, when Noble Energy announced a “final investment decision” – a commitment to fully invest in the development of the Leviathan natural gas field off the Haifa coast, Israel’s biggest-ever infrastructure project – the company has completed almost 30% of the project.
“We will meet our timeline of delivering gas to Israel and neighboring countries before the end of 2019,” said Zomer.
He said Israel’s ability to export natural gas has provided a common interest for Israel and its neighbors, including Jordan, Egypt and Turkey.
“They are hungry for natural gas, and we have the ability to supply their energy needs,” said Zomer.
As Noble Energy completes the Leviathan, natural gas will begin to replace more coal in Israel, leading to a cleaner and healthier environment.
When asked about Noble’s future in Israel, Zomer responded: “One thing is certain, we will be an integral part of Israel’s energy future, and Israel will be a part of Noble’s future.”