Israel's Dalit discovery given 500 bcf

A group led by Noble Energy reported a flow of 33 MMcfd of natural gas from its Dalit deepwater discovery in the Mediterranean off Israel and said the well appears capable of achieving 200 MMcfd.

Apr 15th, 2009

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Apr. 15 -- A group led by Noble Energy Inc., Houston, reported a flow of 33 MMcfd of natural gas from its Dalit deepwater discovery in the Mediterranean off Israel and said the well appears capable of achieving 200 MMcfd.

Noble estimated Dalit's gross mean resource at 500 bcf of gas from log and test results. The well is on the Michal license.

The 33-MMcfd flow, limited by test equipment capacity, came from 43 ft of the previously reported 110 ft of identified net pay.

Noble said the well improves confidence in its geological model for the region and that it will begin shooting 3D seismic in the next few months to supplement that understanding of the basin and various leads on its acreage.

The rig will return to the Tamar discovery in the Matan license to drill an appraisal well. Tamar's estimated gross mean resource potential is 5 tcf (OGJ Online, Feb. 10, 2009).

Noble operates both licenses with 36% working interest. Other interest owners are Isramco Negev 2 with 28.75%, Delek Drilling 15.625%, Avner Oil Exploration 15.625%, and Dor Gas Exploration 4%.

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