Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL) has been notified that the government of Israel has acted to implement the natural gas framework (NGF) through execution of Section 52 of the Restrictive Trade Practices Act. Execution of Section 52 resolves and provides exemption from claims of the Anti-Trust Authority with respect to the Leviathan joint venture partners’ acquisition of petroleum rights in the underlying permits.
The NGF establishes the regulatory certainty and stability necessary to proceed with development of both the Tamar expansion and Leviathan, while providing transparency for future domestic pricing and natural gas competition in Israel. The NGF also enables marketing of Leviathan gas to Israeli customers for the first time. The Leviathan development will expand Noble’s capacity to deliver gas to Israel and the region, as well as provide a second source of domestic natural gas supply and redundancy of infrastructure for the people of Israel.
Noble Energy has continued to take steps to move forward with development of Leviathan and the Tamar expansion by advancing technical work and negotiating gas sales agreements. In addition, the company is updating and finalizing capital investment requirements. These activities will enable Noble to conclude external financing agreements required to reach final investment decisions (FIDs). FID for each project is currently estimated to be taken before the end of 2016.
Noble Energy operates Tamar and Leviathan with 36% and nearly 40% working interests, respectively.