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Corpus Christi, TX: Tamar Platform En Route to Israel

Tamar production platform has left the Keiwit Shipyards in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA, and is now on the way to its location offshore Israel, according to Globes, the Israeli financial newspaper.

It took 18 months for the 280 m platform to be completed, and the project has been described as “the largest infrastructure project in Israeli history.”

Noble Energy, operator of the Tamar field, did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

The Tamar platform will be located in approximately 800 feet of water and will be able to process 1.2 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day. The Tamar field is estimated to contain 8.4 trillion cubic feet of gas and will be produced through several subsea wells connected to the platform by 150 km long flow lines. The single-lift topsides facility has four deck levels and weighs nearly 10,000 tons.

Globes further reports that the platform is expected to reach its destination during the fourth quarter this year. First production is scheduled for March 2013.

Noble Energy operates Tamar with a 36 percent working interest. Other owners are Isramco Negev 2 with 28.75 percent, Delek Drilling with 15.625 percent, Avner Oil Exploration with 15.625 percent, and Dor Gas Exploration with the remaining four percent.

Tamar Platform En Route to Israel| Offshore Energy Today.

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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Israel: DSME Signs Tamar Deal

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South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd said on Tuesday that it has agreed to develop Israel’s Tamar natural gas field with Noble Energy Inc, Delek Group Ltd and Isramco Inc, and was eyeing vessel orders for the project.

Under the deal, Daewoo will soon conduct an LNG-FPSO feasibility study, aiming to sign a final agreement by the end of next year, a statement from the shipbuilder said, without specifying the size of its stake in the development deal or the value.

The statement said it aimed to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the field, which has estimated reserves of 240 billion cubic meters of natural gas, from the end of 2016 if all the processes for the final deal remained on track.

The volume was equivalent to five times South Korea’s annual consumption, Daewoo added.

(Daewoo) hopes to win multiple orders for LNG floating production and storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels,” the Daewoo statement said, adding that the field’s owners were considering gas production in the largest offshore find of 2009 through FPSO vessels, not onshore plants, for geopolitical reasons.

The Tamar field is located in a sea area about 80 kilometres west of the port of Haifa, according to the Daewoo statement.

Isramco said last week that it had made a preliminary deal with Daewoo to build and operate a floating LNG facility for exports to South Korea and elsewhere, adding that the companies would hold talks to secure a contract for 15-20 years at a price likely to be between $7 and $9 per MMBTU.

South Korea, the world’s second-largest LNG importer after Japan, imported nearly 30 million tonnes of LNG in the first ten months of this year.

(reuters)

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Israel to Speed Up Tamar Pipeline Construction

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Minister of National Infrastructures Uzi Landau told “IDF Radio” (Galei Zahal) today that Israel will speed up construction of the gas pipeline from the offshore Tamar field.

“We’re organizing the matter, and quickly. The Tamar field gas pipeline will be connected during 2013. We’re also preparing a back-up for this pipeline, in other words, the ability to use coal, diesel, and heavy industrial oil. We’re also working on building a dual-fuel plant, which can operate on natural gas and coal, and are acting to receive gas via a floating terminal.”

Commenting on the latest attack on the gas pipeline in Egypt, which was closed as a result, Landau said, “Our system is ready to handle events of this kind and provide a response. Let’s wait and see how things will develop. Both we and they have a paramount importance in preserving the peace treaty and economic agreements.”

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