Leviathan natural gas platform starts voyage to Israel

The gas platform for the Leviathan natural gas field is on its way to Israel from the Gulf of Mexico, the partners in the project said on Sunday.

The first of four barges transporting the production structure units has left Texas and the other three will set sail in the coming weeks. In September, all the units will be installed on the jacket of the platform already in place 10 kilometres from Israel’s shore.

After connecting the units to the platform, Noble Energy , one of Leviathan’s partners, will start a series of commissioning tests before initiating commercial gas flow to the domestic market before the end of 2019.

The topsides are 102 meters long, 80 meters wide and will stand 47 meters above sea level. The platform flare boom, permitting the safe burning of gas, will stretch to 130 meters above sea level.

Five operational structures – the 38,000-ton topsides of the Leviathan platform – will make the approximately 11,500 km. trans-Atlantic journey, with the remaining barges due to set sail from Texas in the coming weeks. The structures will be installed on top of the platform jacket by the largest offshore crane in the world, with the jacket – or foundations – lowered into the Mediterranean Sea in January. The installation will take approximately four weeks to complete.

The topsides will house the platform’s gas processing facilities, worker accommodation, work areas, helipad and platform operation facilities, including power generation, water desalination and waste treatment.

Delek Drilling, Noble Energy and Ratio Oil Exploration have invested $3.75 billion in the development of the Leviathan Reservoir since its discovery in 2010.