Tamar Tamar
PRODUCTION FACILITY
Facility Name Tamar Platform Duty Gas
Operator Noble Energy Current Status Producing since 2013
Host Type Fixed Platform Water Depth 244 m / 805 ft
Dev.Cost n/a Region Israel
 
Location Matan Block
 
OIL & GAS FIELD
Field Name Tamar Discovery Date Feb 2009
Block Matan Block Reserve Type Gas
Current
Status
Producing Production Start Apr 2013
Water Depth 1,676 m / 5,531 ft
 
 
Description
 
The Tamar gas field is the largest organic find ever discovered in the under-explored area of the Mediterranean Sea, and is the largest discovery in the history of the company, Noble Energy.

This impressive discovery is located in 5,505 feet (1,678 meters) of water offshore Israel and lies on the Matan Block. Noble Energy operates Tamar with a 36% working interest; Isramco Negev 2 holds 28.75%; Delek Drilling holds 15.63 %; Avner Oil Exploration holds 15.63%; and Dor Gas Exploration holds the remaining 4%.

Drilling on the Tamar discovery well by the Atwood Hunter semisub encountered more than 460 feet (140 meters) of net pay in three high-quality reservoirs, with reserves estimated at 5 Tcf. This encouraging find made Noble eager to further appraise the area and shortly after, the company drilled an appraisal well, Tamar-2, 3.5 miles (5.6 kilometers) northeast of the discovery. Drilling reached a total depth of 16,880 feet (5,145 meters) in 5,530 feet (1,686 meters) of water, confirming the field's reservoir thickness and quality. Appraisal drilling of Tamar-2 increased the field's reserves to 6.3 Tcf, which represents a 26% increase. Whole core samples in three reservoirs were obtained to assist the partners in planning the field's development.

Noble Energy will continue to appraise the area and plans to target first production in 2012.
 
Activities
 
Production Commences at Tamar
Date: Apr. 2013
Type: Production Start
Gas from the Tamar field offshore Israel is being produced for the first time since its discovery four years ago. Produced gas flows from subsea development wells to the Tamar platform for processing and from there is sent via pipeline to the port of Ashdod. Tamar's 9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves are expected to add 1 percent to Israel's economic growth in the next year. Initially, most of the production will be used by Israel's state-owned electric company which is in dept and has had to raise prices since loosing its supply of gas from Egypt in 2011.
Gazprom Signs HOA for Tamar Gas
Date: Mar. 2013
Type: Operator Update
A heads of agreement (HOA) was signed this week between Gazprom and the Levant LNG Marketing Corporation giving the Russian global energy company the right to market liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Israel's Tamar project for 20 years starting in 2017. The majority of Tamar's gas is earmarked for domestic use but based on terms laid out in the HOA Gazprom will export roughly one third of its reserves over 20 years. An HOA is non-binding so talks will continue over the next six months in an effort to reach a solid agreement. At this point, Israel has not said whether or not it will allow significant gas exports.
Noble Close to Flipping Switch at Tamar
Date: Jan. 2013
Type: Development Activity
With the Inauguration of the Tamar production platform Noble Energy and the other Tamar interest holders are one step closer to the realization of first gas which is expected in April of this year. Discovery of the deepwater reservoir took place four years ago and development has progressed on schedule and within budget. The platform was installed in 800 feet of water and has the capacity to process 1.2 bcfd from its subsea wells. Once processed, the gas will flow through 93 miles of subsea pipeline to the Ashdod Terminal on Israel's coast. Tamar is estimated to hold 8.4 tcf of gas reserves and its development will help bring the country to the verge of energy independence.
KBR to Execute Pre-FEED Study for Tamar Field
Date: Jun. 2012
Type: Status Update
KBR will execute a pre-FEED study for a project located off the coast of Israel. KBR will provide the pre-FEED study for the King liquefied natural gas-floating production storage and offloading (LNG-FPSO) facility currently being evaluated for Noble Energy's Tamar gas field off the coast of Israel.
Tamar Development on Schedule to Commence Production
Date: Jan. 2012
Type: Status Update
Noble Energy reported that the Tamar development project remains on schedule for commissioning in late 2012, the company adds. Fabrication of the platform jacket and deck, and offshore pipeline installation, are 50 percent complete and onshore facility expansion is under way.
Tamar Partners Inaugurate Platform
Date: Jan. 2012
Type: Development Activity
With the Inauguration of the Tamar production platform Noble Energy and the other Tamar interest holders are one step closer to the realization of first gas which is expected in April. Discovery of the deepwater reservoir took place four years ago and development has progressed on schedule and within budget. The platform was installed in 800 feet of water and has the capacity to process 1.2 bcfd from its subsea wells. Once processed, the gas will flow through 93 miles of subsea pipeline to the Ashdod Terminal on Israel's coast. Tamar is estimated to hold 8.4 tcf of gas reserves and its development will bring the country to the verge of energy independence.
Tamar Partners Inaugurate Platform
Date: Jan. 2012
Type: Development Activity
With the Inauguration of the Tamar production platform Noble Energy and the other Tamar interest holders are one step closer to the realization of first gas which is expected in April. Discovery of the deepwater reservoir took place four years ago and development has progressed on schedule and within budget. The platform was installed in 800 feet of water and has the capacity to process 1.2 bcfd from its subsea wells. Once processed, the gas will flow through 93 miles of subsea pipeline to the Ashdod Terminal on Israel's coast. Tamar is estimated to hold 8.4 tcf of gas reserves and its development will bring the country to the verge of energy independence.
Wood Group to Engineer, Design Tamar Platform
Date: May. 2011
Type: Facility Construction
Wood Group's Alliance Engineering received a contract to provide detailed engineering and design services for the Tamar platform project, including topside facilities and deck structure. The platform will process 1.2 Bcf/d of natural gas. Tamar is estimated to contain 8.4 Tcf of gas and will produce through several subsea wells connected to the platform by 93-mile-long (150-kilometer-long) flow lines. The planned single-lift topside facility will have four deck levels and will weigh nearly 10,000 tons when completed. The Tamar project is located in 5,505 feet (1,678 meters) of water offshore Israel and lies on the Matan Block. Noble Energy operates Tamar with a 36% working interest; Isramco Negev 2 holds 28.75%; Delek Drilling holds 15.63 %; Avner Oil Exploration holds 15.63%; and Dor Gas Exploration holds the remaining 4%.
Noble Halts Drilling Ops Offshore Israel
Date: Apr. 2011
Type: Status Update
Noble Energy has suspended drilling operations at the Leviathan No. 1 well location, which was testing deeper potential in the well. Noble identified wear on the wellbore casing, requiring additional material and equipment necessary to complete the drilling of the well. The company is working to secure the needed items, which are not available in Israel. Because of this, Noble is preparing to move the Sedco Express semisub to the Tamar field, where development drilling is anticipated to begin in about a week. The development of the Tamar field remains on schedule for commissioning in late 2012. Both fields are located offshore Israel.
Aker to Supply Subsea Equipment for Tamar Project
Date: Jun. 2010
Type: Contract Award
Aker Solutions received a contract from Noble Energy to deliver subsea control equipment for the Tamar project in the Mediterranean Sea. The scope of work includes engineering, manufacturing and delivery of a subsea controls distribution system, umbilical termination assemblies and related equipment. Estimated delivery date of the equipment is scheduled for the first quarter of 2011. The Tamar project is located in 5,505 feet (1,678 meters) of water offshore Israel and lies on the Matan Block. Noble Energy operates Tamar with a 36% working interest; Isramco Negev 2 holds 28.75%; Delek Drilling holds 15.63 %; Avner Oil Exploration holds 15.63%; and Dor Gas Exploration holds the remaining 4%.
Aker to Provide MEG Reclamation Unit for Tamar Project
Date: Apr. 2010
Type: Subsea Equipment
Aker Solutions will provide a mono ethylene glycol (MEG) reclamation unit for the Tamar project in the Mediterranean Sea. The MEG reclamation technology prevents ice and hydrate from forming in subsea pipelines. The Tamar gas field is located in 5,505 feet (1,678 meters) of water offshore Israel and lies on the Matan Block. Noble Energy operates Tamar with a 36% working interest.
Aker to Provide Umbilicals for Tamar Gas Field
Date: Apr. 2010
Type: Subsea Equipment
Aker Solutions will supply approximately 149 miles (240 kilometers) of steel tube subsea umbilicals for the Tamar gas field. Engineering and project management will be provided from Aker Solutions' Houston office and manufacturing will take place at Aker Solutions' umbilical facility in Mobile, Alabama. The estimated delivery date of the equipment is 2Q11. Tamar is located in 5,505 feet (1,678 meters) of water offshore Israel and lies on the Matan Block. Noble Energy operates Tamar with a 36% working interest.
Noble Signs LOI to Sell Tamar Natural Gas Offshore Israel
Date: Dec. 2009
Type: Contract Award
Noble Energy and partners have agreed to sell natural gas produced from the Tamar field to Israel Electric Corporation. The agreement, in the form of a signed Letter of Intent, calls for the buyer to purchase a minimum of 95 Bcf annually (with the potential for more) over a 15-year period following the startup of Tamar. While proceeds will ultimately depend on volume and price (actual price subject to commodity price fluctuations), Noble estimates annual revenues generated by the deal will fall in the $400 to $750 MM range. The Tamar gas field is located in 5,505 feet (1,678 meters) of water offshore Israel and should commence production in 2012. Noble Energy operates Tamar with a 36% working interest; Isramco Negev 2 holds 28.75%; Delek Drilling holds 15.63%; Avner Oil Exploration holds 15.63%; and Dor Gas Exploration holds the remaining 4%.
Delek: Cost of Developing Tamar Field Estimated at $2B
Date: Sep. 2009
Type: Status Update
Delek Group gave investors another look at the development plans for the Tamar natural gas reserves in a published presentation for investors ahead of a planned NIS 100 million bond issue. The amount of money is a drop in the ocean compared with the development cost of the Tamar offshore gas field, estimated at US $2 billion. However, given Tamar's large estimated potential revenue, Delek Energy will likely soon expand the bond offering to hundreds of millions of shekels. In the presentation, Delek Energy said that it had obtained 3D seismic surveys for Alon and Ratio Yam blocks of the Tamar license, covering 570,072 acres (2,307-square kilometer) of the oil and gas exploration rights in the Mediterranean.
Noble Energy Successfully Appraises Tamar Offshore Israel
Date: Jul. 2009
Type: Appraisal Operations
Noble announced that its Tamar appraisal well, known as Tamar-2, located offshore Israel in the Matan license, reached a TD of 16,880 feet (5,145 meters). Situated in 5,530 feet (1,685 meters) of water, the well is located approximately 4 miles (6 kilometers) northeast of the original discovery, Tamar-1. Drilled on the flank of the structure with the intent of confirming reservoir quality and continuity, the appraisal was designed to confirm the projected gas/water contact. Reservoir thickness and quality were consistent with that encountered at the Tamar-1 location. Pressure data also confirmed continuous high quality reservoirs. The gas/water contact was encountered where projected in the middle reservoir and, as expected, no water contact was seen in the top reservoir. Whole core samples in three reservoirs were obtained to assist in the geologic and engineering studies needed for field development. The Tamar gas field is the largest organic find ever discovered in the under-explored area of the Mediterranean Sea, and is the largest discovery in the history of the company, Noble Energy.
 
Status History
 
Tamar Platform

Producing - Apr 2013 to -
Under Construction - May 26, 2011 to Mar 2013
Wood Group’s Alliance Engineering received a contract to provide detailed engineering and design services for the Tamar platform project, including topside facilities and deck structure.
Tamar

Producing - Apr 2013 to -
Under Development - Apr 06, 2011 to Mar 2013
The Sedco Express semisub is on the Tamar field developing it.
Discovery (Appraised) - Jul 2009 to Apr 05, 2011
Confirmed gas discovery
Appraisal Drilling - Apr 2009 to Jul 2009
Atwood Hunter drilling Tamar-2 appraisal
Discovery (Drilled) - Feb 2009 to Apr 2009
Gas discovery at Tamar-1
Exploratory Drilling - Nov 2008 to Feb 2009
Atwood Hunter drilled Tamar-1 exploration well.
 
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