Noble Energy, Inc. has made a natural gas discovery at the Karish prospect offshore Israel. The well, drilled by the ENSCO 5006 (DW semisub), reached a total depth of 15,783 feet, encountering 184 feet of net natural gas pay in high-quality lower Miocene sands.
Noble stated that discovered gross resources, combined with the de-risked resources in an adjacent fault block on the license, are estimated to range between 1.6 and 2 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) with a gross mean of 1.8 Tcf.
The operator performed tests at the well including logging while drilling, wireline logging, which included electrical, seismic and magnetic tests, as well as tests of the composition of the natural gas, the rocks and liquids in the Karish reservoir.
"The results and their analysis satisfied the partners as to the existence of natural gas at the well," stated Delek Group, a partner on the field.
ENSCO 5006 will relocate to Cyprus where it will conduct appraisal drilling at the Cyprus A well next month.
Karish lies in 5,708 feet of water in the Alon C license, about 20 miles northeast of the Tamar field, off the coast of Israel. Noble Energy operates the block with a 47.06 percent stake, while Delek and Avner Oil hold the remaining equity.
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