Chevron Shut Tamar Gas Field Off Israeli Coast as Unrest Flared
Chevron shut down the Tamar natural gas platform off the Israeli coast at the instruction of the country's energy ministry, the company said, following a wave of unrest in the region.
Chevron has shut down the Tamar natural gas platform off the Israeli coast at the instruction of the country's energy ministry, the company said on 12 May, following the wave of unrest in the region.
The Israeli energy ministry said all of Israel's energy needs will continue to be met despite the shutting down of Tamar, the main source of natural gas for the local market.
"In accordance with instructions received from the Ministry of Energy, we have shut in and depressurized the Tamar Platform," Chevron said in a statement. The Tamar platform is located some 25 km off the city of Ashdod along Israel's southern Mediterranean coast.
Israel carried out hundreds of air strikes in Gaza on 12 May, and Palestinian militants fired multiple rocket barrages at Tel Aviv and the southern city of Beersheba in the region's most intense hostilities in years.
The second gas field Chevron operates in the country, Leviathan, continues to run normally, and the company was "working with customers and the relevant regulatory bodies to ensure that natural gas supplies continue."
Leviathan, whose production platform is located further north of the Gaza Strip, would be able to increase supplies and there is also a backup ship that stores gas offshore for emergencies, the Israeli ministry said in a statement.