Israel gas supply affected by closure of Tamar offshore field after leak
25 September 2017
Israel's natural gas supply was interrupted from September 22 after a leak was detected on the Tamar platform causing all production from the field to be shut down. Tamar, 20 kilometres off the coast of Ashkelon, began production in 2013 and is Israel's primary source of natural gas, as well as supplying gas exports to Jordan. So far it has produced more than 1 trillion cubic feet.
According to Israel Hayom, a leak was detected in a subsea pipeline between the natural gas reservoir and the rig during routine maintenance and all work on the rig was shut down immediately. The Israeli Energy Ministry said it believed the repair work would be finished by September 26, but energy industry insiders cited by Israel Hayom estimated the economic damage from the temporary closure at between $3 million and $5 million.
A statement by the Energy Ministry said, "Due to a malfunction discovered during pre-planned maintenance work in the Tamar gas field, the supply of natural gas from the site has completely ceased. There is no indication of any maritime pollution as a result of this incident, nor has its [the rig's] safety been compromised."