Production at Israel’s offshore Leviathan natural gas field was halted on Saturday following an “operational event”, the project’s operator Noble Energy said, adding that there was no environmental impact expected.
The Texas-based energy company said the platform’s flare system had been activated to burn off excess gas, generating a flame visible from shore. Israel’s Energy Ministry described the incident as an “emergency closure” of the platform and said further details were pending.
Later the operator announced that the production will resume in the coming hours after Saturday’s emergency shutdown.
Noble initially referred to it as an “operational event” but updated later it had been a false alarm caused by a gas detector failure.
“All the safety systems on the rig are working properly and natural gas production from Leviathan is expected to resume in the coming hours,” the company said.