The ceremony was held on March 7 in Houston. Israel’s Minister of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources Dr. Yuval Steinitz was among those in attendance, along with representatives from Noble Energy’s consortium partners.
The company sanctioned the field’s first phase on Feb. 23. Said to contain 22 tcf of gross recoverable natural gas resources, first gas is targeted by the end of 2019.
Leviathan’s production will be delivered via two 73-mi (117-km) flowlines to a fixed platform located about 6 mi (10 km) offshore. The approved development plan allows for future cost-effective expansion from its initial 1.2 bcf/d capacity to 2.1 bcf/d, Noble Energy said at the project’s sanction.