Noble starts up massive Leviathan project in Israel





Houston-based Noble Energy, which operates this platform in the Tamar field off Israel's coast, has resolved an antitrust dispute that had stalled expansion of Tamar and development of another Mediterranean field,  the Leviathan  (Noble Energy photo) Photo: Noble Energy

Houston-based Noble Energy, which operates this platform in the Tamar field off Israel’s coast, has resolved an antitrust dispute that had stalled expansion of Tamar and development of another Mediterranean field, the Leviathan (Noble Energy photo) less

Houston-based Noble Energy, which operates this platform in the Tamar field off Israel’s coast, has resolved an antitrust dispute that had stalled expansion of Tamar and development of another Mediterranean … more

Photo: Noble Energy



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Houston-based Noble Energy, which operates this platform in the Tamar field off Israel’s coast, has resolved an antitrust dispute that had stalled expansion of Tamar and development of another Mediterranean field, the Leviathan (Noble Energy photo) less

Houston-based Noble Energy, which operates this platform in the Tamar field off Israel’s coast, has resolved an antitrust dispute that had stalled expansion of Tamar and development of another Mediterranean … more

Photo: Noble Energy




Noble starts up massive Leviathan project in Israel

Noble Energy started production early Tuesday on the massive Leviathan natural gas project offshore of Israel, achieving a major milestone for a discovery made nearly a decade ago.

The Leviathan startup by the Houston oil and gas producer puts Israel on the path of becoming a natural gas exporter after decades of relying on energy imports and coal-fired electricity. The Leviathan is the largest known natural gas field in the growing Eastern Mediterranean region that’s attracting other top oil and gas players, including the Texas energy major Exxon Mobil.

“This is a project that’s been about a decade in the making and it has very significant benefits for the environment, economies and the energy security for the region,” said Noble President Brent Smolik in a phone interview from Israel. “It’s a great day here in Israel. I