Tanin gas field

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Tanin gas field is located in Israel
Tanin gas field
Tanin gas field
RegionEastern Mediterranean
BlockAlon A license (364)
Coordinates33°10′N 33°45′E / 33.167°N 33.750°E / 33.167; 33.750Coordinates: 33°10′N 33°45′E / 33.167°N 33.750°E / 33.167; 33.750
OperatorsEnergean Oil & Gas
Service contractorsTechnipFMC (constr.)
Wood Group (ops.)
Field history
Producing formationsTamar sands

The Tanin gas field (Hebrew: מאגר תנין‎, "Crocodile reservoir" or “Taninn reservoir”) is a natural gas reservoir located 120 km off the coast of Israel. It is the country's seventh natural gas discovery,[2] located nearby the much larger Leviathan gas field.

On 5 February 2012 Noble Energy reported that the Ensco 5006 drilling rig (formerly the Pride North America) had struck gas at a depth of 5,500 m.[3] Preliminary estimates put the potential for natural gas at Tanin at 1.2-1.3 trillion cubic feet.[4] A subsequent report evaluated the field as containing 1.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas: 0.6 TCF proven (contingent) reserves and 0.5 TCF prospective.[5] Tanin is located within the Alon A license, in which three companies are partners: Noble Energy (47%), Delek Drilling (26.5%), and Avner Oil Exploration (26.5%).[6] It is Israel's third-largest natural gas reservoir.[7]

Due to Nobel Energy and Delek (and its subsidiary Avner’s) monopolistic position in the domestic natural gas production market, they were forced by the Israeli government to divest most of their rights in the Tanin and nearby Karish fields in 2016. The rights were acquired by the Greek exploration company Energean Oil & Gas.[8] As of 2018, Energean has signed supply contracts with customers in Israel which account for all of the proven reserves in the two fields (at a production rate of 4.2 BCM per year). In March 2019 Energean intends to begin drilling exploration wells in order to assess the viability of the fields’ additional prospective and contingent reserves.

Gas production from Tanin is expected after the Karish field goes online in 2022 and will be carried out using an FPSO vessel connected by a submarine pipeline to the Israeli domestic natural gas distribution grid.[8]

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  1. ^ "Delek Group announces Tanin 1 pronounced natural gas discovery". OilVoice. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2012.
  2. ^ Gutman, Lior (5 February 2012). הערכות: מאגר 'תנין' מכיל כ-27% יותר גז טבעי ממאגר 'ים תטיס' [Estimates: 'Tanin' reservoir holds about 27% more natural gas than 'Yam Tethys' reservoir]. Calcalist (in Hebrew). Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  3. ^ Fink, Yossi (5 February 2012). השותפויות מדווחות: קידוח 'תנין' הגיע ל-5,500 מ' - התגלו סימני גז משמעותיים [Partners report: Drilling at 'Tanin' reaches 5,500 meters – significant natural gas indications found]. Bizportal (in Hebrew). Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  4. ^ Yeshayahou, Koby (5 February 2012). "Delek, Noble Energy discover gas at Tanin well". Globes. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  5. ^ Attias, Ariel; Kornfeld, Tomer (6 April 2012). "דלק קידוחים ואבנר: בקידוח 'תנין' נתגלו 1.1 TCF של גז - מעט מתחת להערכות" [Delek Drilling and Avner: 1.1 TCF discovered at 'Tanin' – slightly below estimates]. Bizportal (in Hebrew). Retrieved 7 April 2012. דו"ח המשאבים כולל 0.59TCF של גז טבעי שהוגדר כמשאבים מותנים (contingent). כמו כן, נמצאו עוד 0.47TCF של גז טבעי שהוגדרו כמשאבים פרוספקטיביים אשר מחייבים ביצוע קידוח נוסף לפני שיוכחו כתגלית.
  6. ^ Zano, Lior (5 February 2012). בדרך לתגלית גז שביעית בישראל: דלק מדווחת על סימני גז בקידוח תנין [On the way to the seventh gas discovery in Israel: Delek reports gas indications at Tanin drill site]. TheMarker (in Hebrew). Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  7. ^ Darel, Yael (6 April 2012). מתנה לחג לתשובה: קידוח תנין 1 מאגר הגז השלישי בגודלו בישראל [Holiday gift for Tshuva: Tanin 1 drill is third-largest gas reservoir in Israel]. Nrg Maariv (in Hebrew). Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  8. ^ a b https://www.energean.com/operations/israel/tanin/

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