NEWS FROM EMGC 2014: Noble Energy moving from Tamar to Leviathan with local participation
PRAMOD KULKARNI, Editor
TEL AVIV – The Eastern Mediterranean Gas Conference (EMGC) 2014 concluded with Noble Energy’s Lawson Freeman calling for the creation of policies and laws that encourage more E&P activity with more operators.
“With the right environment, the sky is the limit,” said Freeman, Vice President -- Eastern Mediterranean, for Noble.
Lawson explained the global nature of E&P activity and the simultaneous operations that led to the construction of the Tamar gas development. Leviathan development, next on Noble’s agenda, will be an even bigger and more complex project.
Lawson encouraged local participation through employment and procurement of equipment and services. “We need a full range of skillsets from exploration; drilling and completions; reservoir and subsea engineering; construction; and even logistics coordinaton and HS&E expertise. We’re hiring interns in Israel for training with experts in Houston, as we build a local workforce."
Noble has built up local employment consisting of 130 people, and local procurement, worth $130 million, during 2013.
The second day of EMGC 2014 included presentations from subject matter experts on gas processing infrastructure development, regional gas demand, and future possibilities for both Israel and Cyprus.
A session on Israeli innovation included presentations from fledgling companies involved in oilfield applications, ranging from well stimulation to remote monitoring, water treatment, scale inhibition and spill containment.
The conference concluded with a networking reception hosted by the Israeli Export and International Cooperation Institute.