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  • Delek Announces Significant Discovery at Leviathan-1 in Israel
    édité le 03/01/2011 - Plus de news de "Delek" - Voir la fiche entreprise de "Delek"

Delek Announces Significant Discovery at Leviathan-1 in Israel
Further to the immediate reports dated 29.8.2010, 18.10.2010, 29.11.2010 and 9.12.2010, we are honored to report a significant natural gas discovery in the "Leviathan 1" well (hereinafter: the "Well"). The Well is located in "Rachel" license in a water depth of approximately 1,634 meters, about 135 km west of Haifa and 47 km south west of the "Tamar" discovery. The Well reached a depth of 5,170 meters (including water depth) for the bottom of the main target (NG10 prospect) and various tests had been conducted in the Well, including electrical tests ("logs") and core extraction ("coring") from the target layer for the purpose of additional analysis.

As reported by the Well operator, Noble Energy Mediterranean (hereinafter the "Operator"), very good quality reservoir sands were discovered in the target layer of the Well, bearing natural gas, in a total (net) thickness of at least 67 meters in several different layers ranging from the Tertiary Oligocene period (which geologically match the reservoir sands identified in the Tamar wells). The information received from the Well confirms the Operator's pre-drilling estimates regarding the estimated range of natural gas resources (estimated resource range) according to which the average financial potential of the natural gas resources available for production (gross mean resources) in the Leviathan field is approximately 16 TCF (about 453BCM). According to the Operator's estimation, the Leviathan field spreads across a very large area of approximately 325 square km and therefore two or more appraisal wells are required in order to further evaluate the scope of gas reserves in the Leviathan field.

In light of the above, the "Leviathan 1" Well is a natural gas discovery.

At this stage the Operator's recommendation regarding the necessity of production tests in this Well is yet to be received.

The works in the Well shall continue as planned to the secondary targets: Leviathan Prospect (Lower Oligocene) and Leviathan Prospect (Lower Cretaceous) to a total depth of approximately 7,200 meters. The results of the drill to the deep layers, which the estimations for their success probability are relatively low (as specified in the immediate report dated 29.8.2010) are expected to be received within 2-3 months.

An additional rig (Pride North America) is expected to reach Israel's waters in early 2011 for the purpose of carrying out an additional appraisal well, however a binding decision on the execution of the well, its location and budget has yet to be accepted.

The partners intend to continue and examine various possibilities for the exportation of natural gas discovered including by means of pipeline and/or liquefied natural gas (LNG). Based on the partners estimations the preliminary results of the Well may support the execution of an exportation project in at least one of the aforementioned alternatives (under the current fiscal terms).

It shall be noted that the interests in the Well are held as follows:

The Partners

Noble Energy Mediterranean (the operator) 39.66%
Delek Drilling, Limited Partnership 22.67%
Avner Oil Exploration, Limited Partnership 22.67%
Ratio Oil Exploration (1992), Limited Partnership 15.00%

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