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Israelís Energy Revolution: From Barren Energy Island To A New Bonanza Of Nat Gas And Shale Oil
Daily Markets ^ | September 13, 2012 | Mark Perry

Posted on 09/16/2012 11:33:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

From the August 31 Financial Times article “Field of dreams: Israel’s natural gas“:

For decades a barren energy island, forced to import every drop of fuel, Israel today stands on the cusp of an economic revolution, fueled by the vast riches that lie below its waters.

With reserves of almost 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, the Tamar field is a hugely valuable asset for the Israeli economy (see map above). Discovered in January 2009, it was the biggest gas find in the world that year, and by far the biggest ever made in Israeli waters. But the record held for barely two years. In December 2010, Tamar was dwarfed by the discovery of the Leviathan gasfield some 20 miles farther east – the largest deepwater gas reservoir found anywhere in the world over the past decade.

The two fields, together with a string of smaller discoveries, will cover Israel’s domestic demand for gas for at least the next 25 years, and still leave hundreds of billions of cubic feet for sale abroad. The government take from the gasfields alone is forecast to reach at least $140 billion over the next three decades – a staggering sum for a relatively small economy such as Israel’s.

Experts are convinced that Tamar and Leviathan will not be the last big Israeli discoveries. They point to the US Geological Survey, which estimates that the subsea area that runs from Egypt all the way north to Turkey, also known as the Levantine Basin, contains more than 120 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Israeli waters account for some 40 per cent of the total. Should these estimates be confirmed through discoveries in the years ahead, Israel’s natural gas reserves would count among the 25 largest in the world, on a par with the proven reserves of Libya and ahead of those of India and The Netherlands.

And it’s not just natural gas, Israel also might have as much as 250 billion barrels of shale oil in the recently discovered Shfela Basin southwest of Jerusalem (see map below), according to this July 13 article in the Financial Post article titled “Israel’s Shale Gale.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society
KEYWORDS: energy; gas; israel; oil

1 posted on 09/16/2012 11:33:34 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

God provides all the money Israel needs to defend itself.


2 posted on 09/17/2012 12:14:26 AM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.
That was my thought, as well. There will probably be more discoveries. Notice both these happened during the reign of Emperor Barack H. Obama II?
3 posted on 09/17/2012 12:26:26 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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Well get hot and get the products on the market. Gas and oil from Israel makes the Suez Canal moot and eliminates the leverage the Arabs have. Plus, they can start paying cash for the defense equipment they buy, and buy lots more.

God Bless Israel!


4 posted on 09/17/2012 12:30:05 AM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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Israel lives and Islam fumes. The end time battle of nations against Israel is at hand. Obama hopes to join America to Islam's side. What foolish change.
5 posted on 09/17/2012 1:07:01 AM PDT by Armaggedon
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6 posted on 09/17/2012 5:15:19 AM PDT by 103198
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7 posted on 09/17/2012 5:15:31 AM PDT by 103198
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