TEL AVIV, Israel – Noble Energy and its partners have committed to drill the Leviathan-5 appraisal and production well in the deepwater Leviathan North Lease 1/15, 130 km (81 mi) west of Haifa, Israel.
According to partner Delek Group, this will be one of a series of production wells on theLeviathan field, in line with the updated development plan.
The rig will be the same one that is currently drilling the development and production wellTamar-8.
Leviathan-5 is expected to start drilling during 1Q 2017 and will target Oligo-Miocene layers in a water depth of around 1,740 m (5,708 ft).
Final planned depth of the well is 5,200 m (17,060 ft) below sea level.
Delek adds that the budget is $77 million, excluding cost of completion and connection to the Leviathan field’s production system.
The partners aim to deliver first gas from Leviathan by end-2019.
Delek added that negotiations continue between the Tamar partners and Union Fenosa Gas (UFG) concerning a binding agreement for the supply of gas from theTamar project for the existing UFG liquefaction facilities in Egypt.