HOUSTON, March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NBL) today announced results from its second Leviathan appraisal well located in the Rachel license offshore Israel. The Leviathan #4 appraisal well was drilled to a total depth of 16,992 feet and encountered 454 net feet of natural gas pay in multiple intervals, the thickest net pay of any well drilled to date at Leviathan. Reservoir quality and the field-wide gas/water contact were confirmed at the well location and 240 feet of core were recovered. These results have enhanced the Company's understanding of the reservoir, which has led to an increase in the estimated recoverable gross mean resources of the field to 18 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) with a range(1) of 15 to 21 Tcf.
Charles D. Davidson, Noble Energy's Chairman and CEO, commented, "The successful Leviathan #4 well has provided us with additional information to improve our knowledge of this enormous resource. Our teams are working with our partners and the Israeli government towards sanction of a domestic project at Leviathan this year."
Following operations at Leviathan #4 and pending partner approval, the Ensco 5006 rig will be relocated to the Karish prospect in the Alon C license offshore Israel. The Karish prospect has a pre-drill gross mean resource estimate of 3.0 Tcf with a range(1) of 2.3 to 3.6 Tcf and is expected to reach total depth in the second quarter.
The negotiations between the partners in Leviathan and Woodside Petroleum Ltd. (ASX: WPL) are ongoing. The parties remain committed to the execution of the farmout agreement supporting the development of the Leviathan resources.
Noble Energy operates Leviathan with a 39.66 percent working interest. Other interest owners in the well are Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration with 22.67 percent each and Ratio Oil Exploration with the remaining 15 percent.
Noble Energy operates Karish with a 47.06 percent working interest. Other interest owners in the well are Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration with 26.47 percent each.
(1) Range of resource estimate is based on 75th and 25th percentile probabilities.
Noble Energy is a leading independent energy company engaged in worldwide oil and gas exploration and production. The Company has core operations onshore in the U.S., primarily in the DJ Basin and Marcellus Shale, in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, offshore Eastern Mediterranean, and offshore West Africa. Noble Energy is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is traded under the ticker symbol NBL. Further information is available at www.nobleenergyinc.com.
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The Securities and Exchange Commission requires oil and gas companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose proved reserves that a company has demonstrated by actual production or conclusive formation tests to be economically and legally producible under existing economic and operating conditions. The SEC permits the optional disclosure of probable and possible reserves, however, we have not disclosed the Company's probable and possible reserves in our filings with the SEC. We use certain terms in this news release, such as "gross mean resource estimate". These estimates are by their nature more speculative than estimates of proved, probable and possible reserves and accordingly are subject to substantially greater risk of being actually realized. The SEC guidelines strictly prohibit us from including these estimates in filings with the SEC. Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosures and risk factors in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and in other reports on file with the SEC, available from Noble Energy's offices or website, http://www.nobleenergyinc.com.
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