Israel announces natural gas supply from the Tamar field in the Mediterranean Sea
According to the Energy and Water Ministry, gas from the reservoir will start to gather at the receiving station in the city
of Ashdod in Israel within 24 hours from its departure from the rig.
The Energy and Water Minister, Silvan Shalom, said it is a day of energy independence for Israel, reported The Jerusalem
Post. “This breakthrough is the first signal for additional private companies to partake in the energy independence of the state of
Israel,” Shalom added. “Gas from the reservoir will start to gather at the receiving station in the city of Ashdod in Israel.”
Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, was quoted by the publication as saying: “The flow of gas from the Tamar
reservoir has commenced. This is an important day for the Israeli economy.”
Noble Energy, Delek Group and Dor Gas Explorations, carried out drilling operations at the Tamar site, 56 miles west of Haifa, and discovered large gas reserves there in 2009. The Tamar reservoir is estimated to contain about 250 billion cubic metres of natural gas.