02.02.2012 09.Schwat. 5772
Shortage expected to last at least until next year, when the Tamar gas field starts production.
Israel is running out of natural gas as the only existing production field, the Mary-B field off the Ashkelon coast, is close to being depleted. This could lead to electricity shortages, planned blackouts – and much higher electricity rates. The shortage is expected to last at least until next year, when the Tamar gas field starts production.
Noble Energy, which operates the Mary-B field for the Tethys Sea partnership, has halted production at eight of the 10 wells in the field over the past few weeks. The remaining gas in the other two wells will run out within a few weeks at the present rate of production….