Israel Joins the Club of Oil Exporting Nations, Sends First Ever Shipment to Europe
“Israel has exported crude oil material for the first time, with a shipment headed to Europe from the country’s offshore Karish gas field.”
In a landmark move, Israel joined the club of oil exporting nations by shipping the first-ever oil tanker to Europe. On Tuesday, Israel flagged off the first shipment containing light crude oil — a low-density liquid petroleum extracted from natural gas.
In June 2022, European Union signed a major energy deal with Israel. Europe is eying Israel’s vast natural gas reserves to meet its energy demands as Russian exports dry out following the war in Ukraine and the blowing up of the Nord Stream pipelines.
The Times of Israel reported:
Israel has exported crude oil material for the first time, with a shipment headed to Europe from the country’s offshore Karish gas field, according to an announcement Tuesday by Greek gas company Energean. The London- and Tel Aviv-listed firm is in charge of production at the Karish and Tanin natural gas fields in Israel’s economic waters in the Mediterranean.
In a statement Tuesday, Energean said “the first ever lifting of an Israeli crude oil cargo has taken place at the company’s Karish field,” and a cargo ship of hydrocarbon gas liquids (HGLs) extracted from natural gas (and then used in a mixture to make crude oil) was exported to global markets “for the first time in the history of Israeli oil and gas production.”
“This creates a significant differentiated income stream, fundamentally separate to gas-derived revenues,” Energean said, welcoming Israel into the “club of international oil exporters.” The cargo was “sold as part of a multi-cargo marketing agreement with Vitol; the first of a new source of East Med energy to reach Europe,” it added. (…)
The Karish and Tanin fields contain a total of around 75 billion cubic meters of natural gas. About 12 billion cubic meters are consumed annually in Israel.
Karish is Israel’s third offshore natural gas rig, joining Tamar and Leviathan, with each connected to the mainland by separate infrastructure. Israel began exporting natural gas in 2017 — in a first deal with neighboring Jordan and then Egypt — as it started a path toward energy independence which has largely shielded it from the worst of the ongoing energy crisis sparked by the Russian war on Ukraine last year.
Noting Israel’s emergence as a global energy player, the London-based Financial Times reported Tuesday:
Israel’s lack of domestic gas and oil production was a point of weakness for much of its history following its 1948 independence, with many of the world’s largest oil producers in the Middle East refusing to supply the country.
But in the past decade, multiple discoveries in the waters of the eastern Mediterranean have helped reduce Israel’s dependence on imported fossil fuels.
Israel is now self-sufficient in natural gas, which has reduced its reliance on coal and helped smooth ties with its neighbours through export agreements to Egypt and Jordan, although it still imports the majority of its crude oil.
Terror Threat to Israeli Gas Fields Remains
With Israel becoming a significant energy exporter, its offshore drilling operations are increasingly threatened by Iran-backed terrorism.
Tuesday’s shipment to Europe came from Israel’s Karish offshore gas field, which has been in the crosshairs of the pro-Iran Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. In the past, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah threatened to hit the Israeli gas fields. Israel’s use of “Karish rig for gas drilling in the area of the border is aggression against Lebanon,” he declared in June 2022.
Israel has placed a sea-borne Iron Dome anti-missile battery to protect its offshore rigs.
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Good news, although Europe doesn’t deserve it, the way it treats Israel.
So when Hezbollah/Iran strikes an Israeli rig and causes an ecological mess who will Green Peace blame? My money is on Israel.
The cookie will likely crumble as described.
Only had to give up a bunch of their rightful resources to Lebanon in order to do so.
When Lapid’s caretaker government signed that deal, Netanyahu declared that it was illegal, and the next government would not be bound by it. So, now that he’s in office has he done anything about that? Or was that just more election bravado that he had no intention of keeping, like his promises to Smotrich and Ben-Gvir that have turned into so much fairy gold?
Netanyahu’s actions are limited (as those of all PMs are) by what he can get by with politically. At present he’s under attack by the overwhelmingly leftist gang of judges and prosecutors, who would very much like to bring down his government and put him in prison.
Any action he would take on this would be immediately be construed as some sort of crime to be charged against him. Netanyahu has to walk very softly unless or until he can find a way to break the power of this corrupted and politicized legal structure. They have made themselves the supreme power in Israel.
“How dare you!” – Greta Thunberg,
Wow. So if backed into a corner hard enough our European friends can do something sensible, even if it’s also the right thing to do.
Good to know.
Soon Israel will be providing energy to Germany. The world will learn once again what peace and cooperation looks like.
“The Karish and Tanin fields contain a total of around 75 billion cubic meters of natural gas. About 12 billion cubic meters are consumed annually in Israel.”
Wait, What? So there is six years three months worth of gas reserves in the two fields for Israel’s domestic needs. And they will be shipping to Europe and other locations?
Very good question.
That’s just from those two fields. When you include the Tamar and Leviathan fields, Israel has over one trillion cubic meters of reserves.
Israel consumes far more oil than it produces, so self-sufficiency is a long way off. Some oil from the Leviathan field is refined and used domestically but importing — mainly from China, India and the U.S. — is necessary. Trading is the best use of oil and natural gas, as well as most profitable.