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Israel Holds 1st Int’l Energy, Defense & Strategy Conference

The conference discussed security threats to energy supply on a national & int’l level – including nuclear issues – and also how to make Israel’s recent “energy bonanza” more available to consumers.

By Yoni Kempinski & Tova Dvorin


Israel held its first joint conference between the Defense and Energy industries in Herziliya Thursday. Arutz Sheva had the opportunity to speak to Dr. Gal Luft, Conference Head of Steering Committee and Co-Director of Institute for Analysis of Global Security.

Dr. Gal Luft“This is the first time in Israel that we are trying to create a meeting of the minds between the Energy Industry and the Defense Industry,” Luft stated.  Continue Reading »

Israeli Researchers Announce Revolutionary Alternative Fuel

A research team at Israel’s Ben Gurion University in the Negev, have come up with an alternative fuel, made from water & carbon dioxide.

By Avner Meyrav, NoCamels



With oil supplies around the world  fast depleting, researchers around the world have been trying to find an alternative that could sustain the energy needs of mankind. A team at Israel’s Ben Gurion University may have come up with an alternative fuel, made from water and carbon dioxide.


Zalman Aranne Central Library, Ben Gurion University – Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Unlike other fuel alternatives available today, the “green feed” created at BGU has a significant advantage: it can be turned into fuel using existing oil refining methods and delivered to gas stations using existing infrastructure. Continue Reading »

Palestinian Authority Drilling for Oil in Judea and Samaria

The Palestinian Authority reported Saturday it will start drilling for oil in Judea & Samaria, and plans to sign contracts with British companies on coastal gas exploration.

By Dalit Halevi, Ari Yashar


The Palestinian Authority (PA) announced Saturday it will start searching for oil near Rantis, a town north west of Ramallah and just east of the 1949 Armistice line. The PA further claimed contracts will be signed with British companies in the coming weeks to produce natural gas from sea reserves off the Gaza coast.

On Saturday Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Mohammed Mustafa, said that the PA is in the final stages of preparation before advertising bids internationally to drill for oil in Judea and Samaria. Continue Reading »

KKL-JNF Opposes Shale Oil Extraction in Southern Israel


KKL-JNF’s Board of Directors, headed by Chairman Efi Stenzler, reached a decision this week to oppose gov’t plans to extract shale oil from the Adullam region in southern Israel.



KKL-JNF’s Board of Directors, led by Chairman Efi Stenzler, decided this week to oppose plans to extract shale oil in the Adullam region.

The Board unreservedly adopted the report by the professional committee established by KKL-JNF to investigate the matter and headed by Board member and well-known leading environmental activist Dr. Orr Karassin.



It is already widely known that the American owned company IEI has been granted an exploration license by those responsible for oil at Israel’s Energy and Water Ministry, and that it has received authorization to establish a pilot plant in order to examine the economic feasibility of extracting oil from kerogen shale in the Adullam region.

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With Plenty of Natural Gas – Exporting it is Another Story

Israel’s choice may be between selling gas quickly that may anger the Russians, or looking at a more long-term prospect without alienating the U.S.

Last month, the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans to export up to 40 percent of the gas from Israel’s Eastern Mediterranean fields, with expected earnings of up to $60 billion over a 20-year period. This is, however, only the first step toward realizing export revenues from Israel’s gas reserves, a process fraught with complicated choices over the route and destination of those exports. Rather than aiming to use its gas for any great geopolitical gains, Israel currently seems happy to avoid unsettling interested parties while it reaps long-term economic gains from its gas bounty. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu: Natural Gas exports to yield $60 billion in revenue over 20 years


Israel stands to become one of the world’s top-25 gas exporters. PM Netanyahu says Israel will export 40% of its natural gas, keeping 60% for domestic use.

Opposition Leader Yachimovich: Bill is a shameful capitulation to the tycoons, a major blow to Israel’s economy.

By Zeev Klein, Hezi Sternlicht, Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday that Israel will keep 60 percent of the natural gas it harvests from its offshore gas fields for domestic use, setting export levels at 40%. The cabinet will vote on a bill to that effect next week.

Tamar offshore gas field – Photo: Albatross

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Israel’s huge gas discoveries opens ‘gas for peace’ strategy

Some Israeli leaders have suggested the country should adopt a “gas for peace” strategy, offering its energy resources to neighbors at discounted prices to cement peace ties.


TEL AVIV – Israel’s newfound natural gas reserves will boost its regional clout and could help it improve ties with neighboring states in need of new energy sources, Energy Minister Silvan Shalom said.

Tamar natural gas rig.

Tamar natural gas rig. – Photo: Albatross

Once totally dependent on fuel imports, Israel has made the largest gas discoveries in the world over the past decade off its Mediterranean coastline, and is expected to become an exporter by the end of the decade.

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Carmel gas reception facility under protest by Yokneam youth group


Youth Activists in the Carmel region continue to protest the establishment of the 2nd plant of its kind in their area.



As gas from the Tamar reservoir flows into the Ashdod reception facility through a 160-kilometer pipe, activists in the Carmel region continue to protest the construction of a second such plant in their area – which is much closer to the reservoir itself.
MEMBERS OF the Yokneam Youth Movement

MEMBERS OF the Yokneam Youth Movement – Photo: The Yokneam Youth Movement

The 250-billion-cubicmeter reservoir, capable of supplying the country with gas for the next 25 years, is about 90 km. off the shore of Haifa.

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Israel’s the Mid-East’s upcoming energy superpower

The impact of Israel as the regional energy superpower plainly heralds imminent & significant changes in the Middle East & signals a very real change in the geopolitics of the region.

By Peter C Glover

Israel’s transformation from a land of milk and honey into a land awash with oil and gas money is under way. When the country’s offshore Tamar field finally started pumping domestic natural gas direct to Haifa on the last day of March 2013, it meant that Israel was no longer in the thrall of its Arab neighbours for gas imports. And it also signalled the beginning of Israel’s rise to energy superpower status.

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The Gas is Flowing!!!

4 years after natural gas was found, Energy & Water Minister pledges domestic flow of gas will reduce cost of living for general public.



Natural gas flow from the Tamar natural gas field began flowing on Saturday afternoon, Israel Radio reported.

Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom at Tamar natural gas rig, March 27, 2013.

Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom at Tamar natural gas rig, March 27, 2013. – Photo: Moshe Binyamin

The new Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom visited the Tamar production rig that is located 22 kilometers offshore from Ashdod on Wednesday.

Shalom pledged to improve the quality of life of Israelis as the country’s natural gas begins to flow, stressing that he would use this new influx of gas to reduce the cost of living for the general public.

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The Potential Under Troubled Waters


With Israel’s discovery & exploitation of its natural gas fields, the country inherits a whole new set of problems & options it has never had to consider before.

By Aharon Lapidot


One morning in January 2009, the State of Israel awoke to the news that its eternal gripe against Moses for bringing us to the only corner of the Middle East that is bereft of oil suddenly — and surprisingly — was put to the test. While there still isn’t any black gold to be found on Israeli soil, there are quite large deposits of natural gas just off of our coast, with the potential for substantial profit quite real.

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Israel awards the 1st drilling license for oil in Golan Heights

A New Jersey-based company is the 1st to receive a license to drill for oil covering half the length of the Golan Heights.



Israel awarded the first license to drill for oil on the Golan Heights, local media reported Thursday. A New Jersey-based company was awarded the license, covering half the area of the Golan from the latitude of Katzrin in the north to Tzemach in the south.
The Golan Heights

The Golan Heights – Photo: Seth J. Frantzman

Sources informed ”Globes” that, a few days ago, the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources’ Petroleum Council recommended awarding the license to Genie Energy Ltd.,

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Cyprus signs Gas & Oil deal with Israel

Two Israeli firms Anver & Delek signed an energy agreement Monday to acquire 30% of rights to explore for oil & gas off the Cyprus shore.

By Chana Ya’ar


Israeli firms Delek Drilling and Anver Oil and Gas Exploration signed an agreement Monday to acquire a 30 percent stake in exploration rights for gas and oil off the southern shore of Cyprus.

The drilling is to be carried out by U.S.-based Noble Energy. Both Delek and Anver own majority rights in Israel’s own mammoth gas discoveries, the Leviathan and Tamar fields off Israel’s northern coast.

Cypriot Commerce Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis acknowledged in making the announcement that the deal provided a “new era of Cyprus-Israeli strategic cooperation which includes economic and political dimensions,” AFP reported.

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Water Economy Must Get More Energy Efficient

Water management experts say at CleanTech symposium, that in 18 months, desalination plants will provide enough water for 80% of Israel’s urban drinking needs.


As the Israeli water management and treatment industries continue to grow, it is crucial to ensure that all facilities operate with maximum efficiency, to prevent the loss of valuable energy, experts agreed at a conference at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds on Tuesday.

Desalination plant in HaderaWater professionals and government officials were speaking at the Energy-Water Nexus Symposium, held within the CleanTech 2013 – 17th Annual International Summit and Exhibition.

“Israel is emerging from times of crisis in the area of water into stability,” Energy and Water Minister Uzi Landau said. Continue Reading »

Israel-based developer to build solar power field in the Galapagos

Energiya Global hope they’ll break even from the field in 15 years, so they’ve committed to donating all the profits back into the Galápagos community through the Charles Darwin Research Station.



JERUSALEM (JTA) — With the help of American comedian Sarah Silverman, an Israel-based developer of solar projects is using online crowd funding to bring solar energy to the Galapagos.

future solar fieldEnergiya Global has announced the launch of an Internet campaign to install 1,200 solar panels on the site of a former garbage dump in the Galápagos UNESCO World Heritage Site, located about 550 miles west of the Ecuadorean mainland. Continue Reading »