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BMI View: The recent approval of Israel's highly-contentious natural gas framework is fostering activity in
the country's upstream sector. Israel has already announced plans to auction up to 24 new offshore blocks
by the end of 2016, while the country's flagship Leviathan gas project is seeing progress with its
development plan being approved in June. In light of these developments, we hold our view that a lasting
regulatory stability and successful implementation of Israel's new gas framework will be crucial for the
development of the country's prospective gas industry.
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? On 22 May 2016, Israel's government approved the revised offshore gas plan, aiming to partially break
up the offshore gas monopoly of Noble and Delek and establish a greater regulatory stability in the
upstream sector. Importantly, a compromise has been found on the highly contentious 'stability clause',
which is expected to foster exploration and development of major gas projects.
? Israel is looking to auction up to 24 new offshore blocks by the end of 2016. Despite the resource
potential, we see only marginal interest from companies with sufficient offshore knowledge and
In August 2016, a Cypriot energy company Energean agreed to buy Israel's Tanin and Karish offshore
gas fields from Delek for USD148.5mn. Within the six months from this date, Energean is expected to
submit development plans for the two fields.
? In June 2016, US-based Noble Energy received an approval from the Israeli authorities for its
development plan for the Leviathan field. The development costs of phase one are estimated at
USD3.5-4.0bn and the first production is slated for 2019.
? As a part of Tamar field expansion, Delek and Noble expect to spud Tamar 8 well in Q4 2016. Total net
expenses are valued at USD228mn. In the meantime, Noble has agreed to divest 3% of its working
interest in Tamar field to the Israel-based Harel Group for USD369mn.