Offshore Field Development Projects
Tamar Tamar
Operator:Noble
Water Depth:244 m / 805 ft
Region:Mediterranean
Country:Israel
Last Updated:May 8, 2014    (view update history)
Project 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 ...
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
Status Updates
Tamar Partners Sign LOI with Union Fenosa Gas
Type: Operator Update

May. 2014 - A non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) was recently executed between the Tamar field partners and Union Fenosa Gas SA (UFG) regarding the supply of Tamar gas to UFG's gas liquefaction facilities in Egypt. Terms of the LOI propose a 15-year contract term and total gross sales totaling roughly 440 MMcfd over the period. The LOI follows recent agreements with Palestine Power Generation Company, Arab Potash and Jordan Bromine Companies. A binding agreement with UFG is expected to be reached within the next 6 months pending Israeli and Egyptian regulatory approvals. Tamar has been estimated to hold 10 Tcf of discovered gas resources.

Production Commences at Tamar
Type: Production Start

Apr. 2013 - 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
Type: Operator Update

Mar. 2013 - 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
Type: Development Activity

Jan. 2013 - 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
Type: Status Update

Jun. 2012 - 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
Type: Status Update

Jan. 2012 - 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
Type: Development Activity

Jan. 2012 - 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
Type: Development Activity

Jan. 2012 - 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
Type: Facility Construction

May. 2011 - 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
Type: Status Update

Apr. 2011 - 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
Type: Contract Award

Jun. 2010 - 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
Type: Subsea Equipment

Apr. 2010 - 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
Type: Subsea Equipment

Apr. 2010 - 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
Type: Contract Award

Dec. 2009 - 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
Type: Status Update

Sep. 2009 - 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
Type: Appraisal Operations

Jul. 2009 - 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.

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.

Update History
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Field Updated May 08, 2014 86
Activity Added May 08, 2014 86
Field Updated Apr 01, 2013 488
Field Status Updated Apr 01, 2013 488
Field Status Added Apr 01, 2013 488
Facility Updated Apr 01, 2013 488
Facility Status Updated Apr 01, 2013 488
Facility Status Added Apr 01, 2013 488
Activity Added Apr 01, 2013 488
Field Updated Mar 01, 2013 519
Activity Added Mar 01, 2013 519
Facility Updated Jan 03, 2013 576
Activity Added Jan 03, 2013 576
Field Updated Jan 02, 2013 577
Facility Updated Jan 02, 2013 577
Activity Added Jun 27, 2012 766
Field Updated Jun 27, 2012 766
Field Updated Jun 22, 2012 771
Facility Updated Jun 22, 2012 771
Field Updated Jan 31, 2012 914
Facility Updated Jan 31, 2012 914
Activity Added Jan 31, 2012 914
Activity Added Jan 02, 2012 943
Activity Added May 26, 2011 1164
Field Updated May 26, 2011 1164
Facility Added May 26, 2011 1164
Facility Status Added May 26, 2011 1164
Field Status Updated Apr 05, 2011 1215
Field Status Added Apr 05, 2011 1215
Activity Added Apr 01, 2011 1219
Activity Added Jun 18, 2010 1506
Field Updated Jun 18, 2010 1506
Activity Added Apr 19, 2010 1566
Field Updated Apr 19, 2010 1566
Activity Added Apr 09, 2010 1576
Project Description Updated Mar 09, 2010 1607
Field Updated Dec 29, 2009 1677
Activity Added Dec 28, 2009 1678
Activity Added Sep 25, 2009 1772
Field Status Updated Aug 25, 2009 1803
Field Status Added Aug 25, 2009 1803
Field Updated Aug 25, 2009 1803
Field Status Updated Jul 30, 2009 1829
Project Description Updated Jul 27, 2009 1832
Project Description Updated Jul 09, 2009 1850
Project Description Added Jul 08, 2009 1851
Activity Added Jul 07, 2009 1852
Field Updated Jun 18, 2009 1871
Field Status Updated Jun 16, 2009 1873
Field Status Added Jun 16, 2009 1873
Field Updated Jun 16, 2009 1873
Field Added Feb 18, 2009 1991

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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
 
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