Natural Resources: Drilling down

Ben-Gurion University students at the forefront of Israel’s oil exploration program.

By RUTH JUDAH
November 12, 2015 17:30
2 minute read.
Golan drilling

Equipment for drilling test wells, in the Golan. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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A group of research students at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev are at the forefront of oil and gas exploration in Israel, providing scientific analysis and support as part of the initial drilling program in the Golan Heights.

BGU students are working alongside faculty member Prof. Harold Vinegar, chief scientist of Afek Oil and Gas, a publicly traded subsidiary of Genie Energy, Ltd., headquartered in Newark, New Jersey. Vinegar, now on the faculty of BGU’s department of geological and environmental sciences, was chief scientist of physics at Royal Dutch Shell, spending 32 years at Shell’s Bellaire Technology Center in Texas working on novel hydrocarbon exploration and production technologies.

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