Israel awards new offshore exploration blocks

first_imgIsrael has granted offshore exploration blocks to two consortia of oil companies that placed their bids in the recent licensing round.Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz with oil and gas company representatives / Photo by Shlomi Amsalem, GPO – Ministry of EnergyEnergy ministry on Monday granted Cairn, Pharos (ex-SOCO), and Ratio eight licenses, in Blocks 39,40,47,48 (group A) and 45,46,52,53 (group C).Oil and gas companies Energean and Israel Opportunity were awarded exploration licenses in blocks 55,56,61,62 (group D)As reported in July, the Energy Ministry had in the licensing round tendered 19 exploration licenses, each one up to 400 km² in size. The 19 licenses were grouped into five zones, each up to 1,600 km² in size.According to the ministry, the decision to market the areas in zones of 3-4 licenses was taken to provide a higher degree of compatibility between the geological structures within the exploration areas, which could contain oil and natural gas reservoirs.It was the ministry’s view that holding larger exploration areas would enable the companies to undertake more extensive and thorough geological and geophysical surveys.Pharos (until recently known as Soco International) and Cairn will further expand the presence of the international oil companies in the Israeli waters.Currently, the U.S. Noble Energy operates the Tamar gas field and is working to bring the giant Leviathan gas field online by the end of 2019. In addition to Noble, the Greek company Energean is developing the Karish and Tanin fields, which it bought from Noble Energy in 2016.The Israeli energy ministry has previously said that exploration licenses would be granted for a period of 3 years.During this period, the licensees are expected to carry out the committed work program, which centers on examining the awarded area. After this, the licensees can request another two-year term extension, contingent upon an updated work program being submitted to include drilling a well in at least one of the licenses it respective clusters.The third licensing round is due to be held in 2021.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email.Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form, where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

C-NS girls basketball drop rematch with Baldwinsville

first_img Tags: C-NSgirls basketballliverpool Early in the third quarter, B’ville’s defensive pressure forced a rash of C-NS turnovers, and late in the period the Northstars trailed 33-20.But helped by a 10-0 run, C-NS pulled within one, 35-34, with more than six minutes to play, finally getting some outside shots to go with Cook’s production as she finished with 21 points.Ultimately, it was B’ville’s Ola Bednarczyk sinking a pair of crucial 3-pointers to thwart the Northstars’ comeback, the last of them with 2:18 to play that made it 43-36. C-NS never got closer than four points again.Leading the Bees, Katie Pascale earned 13 of her 17 points in the second half. Hannah Mimas, Sydney Huhtala and Kyrah Wilbur had six points apiece.And all this followed a tense battle at West Genesee Tuesday night, where Cook returned to the lineup after missing the Northstars’ Feb. 5 win over Fayetteville-Manlius.Every bit of Cook’s inside dominance was needed to beat the Wildcats 60-52. For three periods, it went back and forth, the Wildcats far more effective against the Northstars’ defense than it was when C-NS won 46-32 in their January encounter.Down by just a point, 51-50, going to the fourth quarter, WG ultimately fell back because Cook kept making baskets, not letting up until she had amassed 36 points, two short of a career high.Enough support came from Carey-Santangelo (eight points) and Abbee Norris (six points) as WG got 19 points from Meredith James, including five 3-pointers, while Catie Cunningham put in 17 points.After the loss to B’ville, C-NS romped past Corcoran 82-43 on Friday, getting away with a 22-2 second-quarter run. Cook again had 21 points, with Alexandra Miller getting 14 points as Nicolette Kasch and Gianna Chiaramonte had 10 points apiece.In between these two games, Liverpool handled Henninger 59-17 last Wednesday night, streaking to a 38-5 halftime lead helped by a 27-4 dominantion of the second quarter.Karlyssa Shifflett, with 20 points, outscored the Black Knights all by herself, adding five rebounds as Naveah Wingate had 12 points. Sarah Miles got 10 rebounds as Jim’Marya Hunter had eight points and six rebounds.A 56-55 defeat to Victor (Section V) on Saturday left the Warriors at 6-13 going into Monday’s regular-season finale against Nottingham, where a win could still mean a post-season berth.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Determined to grab all of it, C-NS nearly overcame a short-handed roster, an ice-cold start and a double-digit second-half deficit, but saw its late comeback thwarted in a 48-40 loss to the Bees.Just eight players were dressed for the Northstars as forwared Julia Rowe was out. Then, in the first quarter, Jessica Cook picked up two fouls and Alita Carey-Santangelo went to the bench with an injury, though she would return.Without Cook for the entire second period, C-NS got five bench points from Crystal Leonardi, but then was shut out for more than five minutes. Only superb defense kept things close as the Northstars trailed 14-11 at the break.center_img A 10-game win streak, a no. 10 state ranking – these were the sorts of long stretches of success that the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team made routine in its eight-year run atop the Section III Class AA ranks from 2009 to ’16.What those Northstars also had was a big-game aura, built on nights such as Thursday’s high-stakes clash with state no. 12-ranked Baldwinsville at Baker High School.That long win streak was at stake, as was the SCAC Metro division regular-season title and the possible top seed for the sectional playoffs.last_img read more