ISRAEL - Leviathan Gas Platform Almost Complete

Arno Froese

The vast Leviathan reservoir energy project is entering its final stages prior to supplying Israel and its neighbors with natural gas, executives from Noble Energy announced, with the Leviathan platform’s five production decks scheduled to arrive to offshore Israel in the coming days.

Upon arrival, the five operational production structures—the 38,000-ton topsides of the Leviathan platform—will conclude an 11,500 km. trans-Atlantic journey from the Gulf of Mexico, and will be installed by the world’s largest offshore semi-submersible crane vessel.

Located 10 km. from Israel’s shores, the completed Leviathan platform is scheduled to undergo a series of commissioning tests before starting to pump gas to Israel’s domestic market in December. Since the discovery of the Leviathan platform in 2010, Noble Energy and partners Delek Drilling and Ratio Oil Exploration have invested a total of $3.75 billion in the project.

“In addition to further capacity, Leviathan provides Israel with a second platform, a second entry point of natural gas and a second reservoir. It offers real security of supply for Israel,” said Bini Zomer, Noble Energy’s VP of Regional Affairs.

The structures are 102 m. long, 80 m. wide and will stand 47 m. above sea level. The platform flare boom, permitting the safe burning of gas, will stretch to 130 m. above sea level. According to a decision by the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Security Committee, unauthorized maritime traffic will not be able to sail within a radius of three km. from the platform.

One of the largest natural gas fields discovered worldwide in the last decade, the Leviathan reservoir is expected to contain up to 605 billion cu.m. of natural gas, equivalent to 65 years of domestic gas consumption.

Natural gas from the reservoir will be transmitted through two 120 km. subsea pipelines directly to the Leviathan platform, where it will be processed prior to flowing through a northern entry pipeline connected to the Israel Natural Gas Lines (INGL) national gas transmission system., 4 September 2019

Arno's commentary

Energy is the driving force behind the global economy. Israel has been blessed with a gigantic reservoir only 10 km (6 miles) offshore. This sounds prophetic; we read in Isaiah 61:4-6: “And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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