Noble Energy has commenced production from the Tamar natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea, offshore Israel, with all five of the subsea wells producing at a rate of about 300 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d).
The total current sales, when combined with the existing Mari-B volumes, will be around 500MMcf/d and are estimated to average 700MMcf/d through the remaining of 2013.
Noble said the Tamar field development has been designed to provide natural gas rates up to 1 billion cubic feet per day, while volumes are expected to reach the maximum capacity during the peak summer demand in the third quarter of 2013.
In the beginning of April, Israel announced the commencement of natural gas flow from the Tamar field , ending four years of anticipation.
Discovered in 2009, the Tamar reservoir is estimated to contain about 250 billion cubic metres of natural gas.
Tamar gas field’s five subsea wells have the capacity to flow at 250MMcf/d of natural gas each.