Noble Energy raises Leviathan resource estimate to 18 Tcf after appraisal drilling
HOUSTON -- Noble Energy has announced results from its second Leviathan appraisal well located in the Rachel license offshore Israel. The Leviathan #4 appraisal well was drilled to a total depth of 16,992 ft and encountered 454 net ft of natural gas pay in multiple intervals, the thickest net pay of any well drilled to date at Leviathan.
Reservoir quality and the field-wide gas/water contact were confirmed at the well location and 240 feet of core were recovered. These results have enhanced the Company' s understanding of the reservoir, which has led to an increase in the estimated recoverable gross mean resources of the field to 18 Tcf with a range of 15 to 21 Tcf.
Charles D. Davidson, Noble Energy' s Chairman and CEO, commented, "The successful Leviathan #4 well has provided us with additional information to improve our knowledge of this enormous resource. Our teams are working with our partners and the Israeli government towards sanction of a domestic project at Leviathan this year."
Noble Energy is the host sponsor of Gulf Publishing’s EMGC conference, to be held April 8-10 at the Hilton, in Nicosia Cypress. The event will focus on energy topics unique to the Mediterranean and the companies doing business there.
Following operations at Leviathan #4 and pending partner approval, the Ensco 5006 rig will be relocated to the Karish prospect in the Alon C license offshore Israel. The Karish prospect has a pre-drill gross mean resource estimate of 3.0 Tcf with a range of 2.3 to 3.6 Tcf and is expected to reach total depth in the second quarter.
The negotiations between the partners in Leviathan and Woodside Petroleum are ongoing. The parties remain committed to the execution of the farmout agreement supporting the development of the Leviathan resources.
Noble Energy operates Leviathan with a 39.66 percent working interest. Other interest owners in the well are Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration with 22.67 percent each and Ratio Oil Exploration with the remaining 15 percent.
Noble Energy operates Karish with a 47.06 percent working interest. Other interest owners in the well are Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration with 26.47 percent each.