Due to natural gas output projections, Israel raises 2013 growth forecast to 3.5%

Commencement of natural gas production cited for economic rise in forecast

Gas production from the Tamar field, which has an estimated 274 billion m³ of reserves, expected to start in early 2013.

Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff


The government raised its 2013 economic growth forecast to 3.5 percent from 3% on Sunday, citing the influence of the start of natural gas production.

The Bank of Israel projects 3% growth next year.

A natural gas rig west of Haifa, Israel. - Photo: Albatross Aerial Perspective/AP

The Finance Ministry expects gas production from the Tamar natural gas field to contribute 0.8% to GDP next year – – Photo: Albatross Aerial Perspective/AP

A U.S.-Israeli consortium led by Noble Energy and Delek Group is expected to start production from the Tamar field off Israel’s Mediterranean coast, which has an estimated 274 billion cubic metres (bcm) of reserves, in the first half of 2013.

Israel’s Finance Ministry expects the gas production to contribute 0.8% to the gross domestic product next year and 1% in 2014. The ministry also set a 2014 GDP growth estimate of 3.9%.

“The extra growth will not … add to state revenues,” Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said in a statement. “Assuming the growth forecast is realized … Israel over the next two years will continue to lead growth in the Western developed world.”

Israel’s economy is expected to grow close to 3.5% in 2012.


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