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 the Leviathan field, in line with the updated development plan.
The rig will be the same one that is currently drilling the development and production well Tamar-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 the Tamar project for the existing UFG liquefaction facilities in Egypt.