How Noble Energy came to Israel and transformed the Middle East

The Texas-based company and its Israeli partner Delek are reshaping the economic and political landscapes in the region.

By CHARLES BYBELEZER/THE MEDIA LINE
April 18, 2018 18:27
NOBLE ENERGY’S Sedco Express sits atop the Tamar field, which began supplying Israel with natural ga

NOBLE ENERGY’S Sedco Express sits atop the Tamar field, which began supplying Israel with natural gas in 2013. (photo credit: COURTESY OF NOBLE ENERGY)

 
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