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Israel: Pinnacles Delivers First Gas

Israel’s  Delek Group has been informed by the operator, Noble Energy Mediterranean Ltd., that on June 12, 2012, development of Pinnacles #1 was completed and gas began to flow from it.

Pinnacles offshore well was recently linked by a subsea pipeline to the nearby Mari B production platform. Helix ESG’s reeled pipelay vessel, Express, which in April arrived at the port city of Haifa, Israel, completed the SURF (Subsea Umbilicals, Risers and Flowlines) work.

According to the Israel-based financial newspaper The Globes, Pinnacles well will produce 150 million cubic feet of gas per day.

Noble Energy Mediterranean Vice President Lawson Freeman told The Globes that the company was excited to bring the Pinnacles well on stream. He also added that the company was pushing hard to accelerate the Noa development in the same way.

Development of the Noa field is geared to allow for additional supplies of natural gas to the Israeli market, until the start of natural gas supplies from the Tamar project in early 2013.

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Noble Energy Linking Noa and Pinnacles to Mari B Platform

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Noble Energy and Delek Group have started linking Noa and Pinnacles offshore natural gas fields to the Mari B production platform, according to the Israel’s financial newspaper Globes.

Helix ESG’s reeled pipelay vessel, Express, which in April arrived at the port city of Haifa, Israel has started SURF (Subsea Umbilicals, Risers and Flowlines) work.

According to the data on Noble Energy’s website, Noa will, once developed, provide 100 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of production by September 2012.

Development of the Noa field is geared to allow for additional supplies of natural gas to the Israeli market, until the start of natural gas supplies from the Tamar project.

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Hoegh LNG, DSME to Work on LNG FPSO for Israel’s Tamar Field

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Höegh LNG Holdings Ltd. has entered into an agreement with South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (“DSME”) to start a project specific front-end engineering design (FEED) of an LNG FPSO solution for the Tamar gas field offshore Israel.

This agreement follows the recent announcement of the agreement between DSME consortium, DSME and its Norwegian joint venture D&H Solutions AS and Tamar field owners, Noble Energy, Delek and Isramco to exploit part of the Tamar field by use of an LNG FPSO.

The agreement states that Höegh LNG with selected partners shall be the owner and operator of the LNG FPSO and that DSME shall be the EPCIC contractor, subject to further engineering work and a final investment decision.

President and CEO, Sveinung Støhle, says: “We are excited about initiating the engineering work for an LNG FPSO to monetize the gas reserves in the Tamar field in Israel based on Höegh LNG’s already developed design. This is a result of Höegh LNG’s continuous effort over the past five years to promote technical and economical sound floating solutions for LNG production. We are pleased to work with DSME and the Tamar field owners in jointly developing one of the first LNG FPSOs to come to market. DSME has been our partner for several years and we are confident that together with the other Tamar partners we will design, construct and operate an excellent solution for bringing the Tamar gas to the market.”

Tamar gas field is located some 80 km west of Haifa in waters 5,500 feet (1,700 m) deep. The gross resource estimate of Tamar has been increased to 9 Tcf from 8.4 Tcf as a result of appraisal work, Noble Energy said recently in a press release.

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