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Israel Reaches Gas Deal with Noble Energy, Delek Ltd. Group

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced Thursday the government has reached an agreement with developers of the nation’s largest natural gas field, Leviathan.

According to the agreement, there will be a ceiling on future sales to domestic firms and the consortium has committed to completing development of the gas field by 2020. It will be brought to the Cabinet for a vote on Sunday.

The agreement follows nearly a year of wrangling between regulatory agencies and the energy consortium between Texas-based Noble Energy, in which U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also owns shares, and Israel’s Delek Ltd.

The problems began when Antitrust Authority director-general Prof. David Gilo ruled last December that the gas sector must be restructured. The Authority accused the Noble Energy – Delek Ltd. group of forming an illegal monopoly, raising red flags for others who called on the state to nationalize its gas reserves.

As a result of the regulatory quagmire that followed, numerous talks that were in process with other countries stalled – and then stopped entirely – as other firms lost patience with Israeli bureaucratic snarls.

Deals that were pending with companies in Egypt, Spain and other countries are now questionable, placing what might otherwise have been a healthy new market for Israeli natural gas possibly on indefinite hold.

As the energy group pointed out to the government at the time, unless the companies who initially discovered the fields can recover their investment and also make a profit from their work, there will be no reason for them to continue to drill or explore further.

US Secy of State Kerry is Shareholder in Noble Energy’s Israeli Gas Group

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

An emerging compromise between the government and the natural gas group that discovered Israel’s offshore reservoirs is being discussed by the political-security cabinet Thursday (June 25) just as news is revealed the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is one of the shareholders in Noble Energy.

In a 2013 declaration of assets published on opensecrets.org, Kerry’s shares in Noble Energy totaled an estimated $500,000 to $1 million.

The revelation comes as the cabinet mulls a compromise that would eliminate the need to break up the energy group formed by Noble Energy and Delek, Ltd.

Also on the table is the issue of what will happen with gas agreements Israel has with customers in Egypt if this issue is not sorted out quickly. A regulatory quagmire has stalled the process of setting up a pipeline to supply the gas from Leviathan to the British Gas liquefaction facility at Idku, Egypt.

Last June, the Leviathan partners had signed a letter of intent with BG in a $30 billion deal to supply 105 BCM of gas to the facility for 15 years. One sixth of the reservoir’s gas field would be exported in the deal, which is designed to make its development worthwhile.

In May 2014, the Tamar partners had signed a letter of intent with Spanish company Union Fenosa, which has a gas liquefaction facility in Damietta, Egypt. The Tamar group would supply the facility in Damietta with 70 BCM over 15 years, a deal worth nearly $20 billion. Union Fenosa Fenosa would pay for a gas pipeline to connect the Tamar reservoir to the Egyptian facility.

But Israel’s infamous snarl of political red tape got in the way, and everything came to a halt.

Last December, Israel Antitrust Authority director-general Prof. David Gilo ruled the gas sector must be restructured. Israel’s Antitrust Authority accused the Noble Energy – Delek Ltd. group of forming an illegal monopoly, raising red flags for others who called on the state to nationalize its gas reserves.

As a result of the regulatory quagmire, negotiations with Union Fenosa stalled – and then stopped. A senior company executive told Globes the firm has continued to hold talks with the Tamar group, but said “the situation between us and the Tamar partners is complicated and difficult. The negotiations between us have reached an impasse.”

Since Egypt does not have infinite patience or time to wait for gas to supply its local economy, it is now exploring other options. According to a report by Ernst & Young, it appears likely that Royal Dutch Shell will sell gas to the British Gas liquefaction facility in Idku. Another possible option is the Aphrodite reservoir in Cyprus.

Likewise, Jordan – which also is in process of negotiating a contract to import gas from Israel – has no time to waste in obtaining affordable natural gas for her citizens. She, too, is now seeking other alternatives thanks to Israeli red tape and political games. One possibility under discussion is the Gaza marine reservoir.

If that happens, Israel’s nascent gas export industry will drown.

Last December (2014), Kerry spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an effort to help resolve the issue. At the time, State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said in a statement, “We continue to engage and we support all parties to move forward with the natural gas deal signed between Noble Energy and entities in Jordan and Egypt. We strongly believe that these deals would enhance energy security in the region.”

Since that time, Netanyahu appointed National Economic Council chairman Eugene Kandel to try to reach a compromise solution.

The energy group has been negotiating with the government ever since. The group hopes to continue operating as is, pointing out that unless the companies can make a profit, there will be no reason for them to explore or drill.

Will Israel Destroy Its Own Energy Independence, Break Deal with Delek, Noble Energy?

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

The Israeli government’s anti-trust authority is challenging the investors over the group’s monopoly in the field of natural gas development.

U.S.-based Noble Energy and Israel’s Delek group formed the partnership that discovered, explored and began drilling in the mammoth Leviathan gas field and the smaller Tamar field, both in coastal Mediterranean waters.

An original three-year agreement with Israel’s government was to allow the group to maintain control of the gas fields. They were to sell two smaller gas deposits in order to create competition in the local market.

David Gilo, who heads Israel’s Anti-Trust Authority, said on Tuesday however that he is considering backing away from the agreement.

Instead, Gilo said he may advise the government to break up the partnership in order to avoid a monopoly in the market. In response, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange Tuesday morning suspending trading in shares of energy companies, including Delek.

Noble is threatening litigation, adding that it will “take all action necessary to protect its legal and legitimate rights.” Prospecting by other companies for offshore gas in the country has also halted out of concern over regulatory risk.

National elections that are now facing the country and the dog fighting involved has not done anything to help the situation either.

The Jewish State finds itself in the peculiar situation in which it clearly has the resources to finally become energy independence — yet appears to be on the bring of shooting itself in the foot well before it has the chance to liberate itself from its slavery to others.

Israel is Energy Exporter in $15b Gas Deal to Jordan

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Israel became an energy producer for the first time today with the closure of a deal to export natural gas to Jordan from the mammoth Leviathan gas field.

Leviathan will become Jordan’s main supplier of natural gas in the coming years. Months of discussions in the Israeli government eventually ended earlier in the year with a decision that the country would be allowed to export 40 percent of its offshore natural gas reserves.

Noble Energy Inc., Delek Group Ltd, Avner Oil and Gas LP and Delek Drilling Limited Partnership and Ratio Oil Exploration were expected to sign a $15b Memorandum of Understanding today (Sept. 3, 2014) to export natural gas for the next 15 years to Jordan.

Israeli Minister of Natural Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources Silvan Shalom, and the U.S. State Department were both involved in the deal.

The Leviathan gas field is a large natural gas field located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea off Israel’s coastline, about 47 kilometers (29 miles) southwest of the Tamar gas field. It is located approximately 130 kilometers (81 miles) west of Haifa, in waters about 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) deep.

Tanin and Karish Gas Fields Declared “Proven Discoveries”

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Israel’s Energy Petroleum Commissioner declared that offshore Tanin and Karish gas fields are proven discoveries, according to a Globes report.

This declaration was needed in order that Noble Energy and Delek be able to sell their holding in the fields to a third party. Selling the fields helps the two companies avoid being declared a cartel by Israel’s Antitrust Authority.

Noble Energy and Delek are partners int eh Leviathan field.

Tshuva To Export 20% of “Tamar” Gas Field to Egypt

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Yitzchak Tshuva plans to sell 20% of the gas drilled from the “Tamar” gas field to Egpyt, according to a report in Calcalist.

Letters of understandings were signed, and official contracts are expected to be signed in six months.

This is the first export agreement with Egypt, and follows the export agreement signed a few months ago with Jordan.

Egypt is to receive 4.5 BCM (billion cubic meters) each year for 15 years. The deal is valued at 1.1 to 1.3 billion dollars a year for a total of around $20 billion dollars.

The “Tamar” gas field holds an estimated 320 BCM and is owned by Noble Energy (36%), Delek and Avner Drilling (31.25%), Isramco (28.7%) and Dor Gas (4%).

Off-Shore Oil Field May Contain 3 Billion Barrels of Oil

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Noble Energy now estimates that that its Leviathan oil field discovery in Israeli and Cypriot waters may contain up to 3 billion barrels of oil, double the previous estimate that did not include Block 12 off of Cyprus.

The same field also ready has been determined by Noble and its partner Delek to contain 19 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and another 4 trillion at Block 12. At today’s prices, the value of the potential oil field is nearly $3 billion.

Noble told analysts that drilling will not begin before the end of next year.

Israel began using its own off-shore natural gas for the first time earlier this year and have brought Israel on the way to energy self-sufficiency as well as an exporter of energy.

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