JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Delek Drilling and its U.S. partner, Noble Energy, say the foundation of their rig for the Leviathan gas field has arrived.
The foundation, known as the platform jacket, is being placed Sunday around 10 kilometers (6 miles) off Israel’s coast. It marks the first stage of an ambitious project they say will wean Israel off coal and revolutionize its economy by turning it into an energy exporter.
The topside of the platform is expected to arrive in several months and natural gas from the field is supposed to pump into Israel and its neighboring countries by the end of the year.
Israel already has export deals signed with Jordan and Egypt, and it aims to build a pipeline with Greece and Cyprus to carry the gas to Europe.