A unit of ATP Oil & Gas Corp., Houston, said the Shimshon wildcat in the Mediterranean offshore Israel is a natural gas discovery in the Levant basin.
ATP East Med BV said the well encountered more than 62 ft of natural gas pay in the Bet Guvrin sands. The Shimshon well went to 14,445 ft subsea in 3,622 ft of water. ATP said expects to provide more information about the discovery in the third quarter of 2012.
The well is south of the Noble Energy Inc. group’s Tamar and Leviathan gas discoveries (OGJ Online, Apr. 30, 2012).
ATP East Med is operator a 40% working interest. Other interest owners in the well are Isramco Negev 2 LP 39%, Naphtha Exploration LP 10%, INOC Dead Sea LP 10%, and IOC-Israel 1%.