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Israel Sinai-Levant exploration basin

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Report summary

Israel's Sinai - Levant Basin comprises the eastern-most portion of the Mediterranean Sea along with the onshore region extending from the Sinai Peninsula to Syria. This report covers the offshore portion of the basin, which has two main plays: the deep Oligo-Miocene sandstones which are primarily in deepwater and ultra-deepwater, and the shallower Pliocene play which is most prospective in the shelf area. The potential for large gas field discoveries is excellent, with the petroleum system proven by the giant Tamar and Leviathan gas fields, which collectively hold 32 tcf of recoverable gas. However, the multi-tcf Zohr discovery in neighbouring Egypt will limit the gas export options for Israel gas. Israel's first bid round will open in November 2016 with a total of 24 blocks on offer.

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Table of contents

  • Key facts
    • Commerciality index
  • Location maps
  • Participation
  • Key companies
  • Geology
    • Wells drilled
    • Basin success rates
    • Volumes discovered
    • Yet-to-find potential
    • Play inputs
    • Creaming curve and key play data
    • Model field pool size distribution
    • Existing discoveries and modelled yet-to-find pool size distribution
  • Development
    • Recent discovery costs
    • Summary of discovery and development costs
    • Licensing
    • Fiscal terms
    • Oil and gas prices
    • TYP economics
    • Outlook economics
    • Development value
    • Oligo-Miocene Deepwater
    • Pliocene Shelf
    • Prospect breakeven price
    • Oligo-Miocene Deepwater
    • Pliocene Shelf
    • Expected monetary value (EMV)
    • Play economics
    • Full cycle basin economics
    • Implied acreage value

Tables and charts

This report includes 57 images and tables including:


  • Value creation versus investment (TYP period)
  • Value creation versus investment (outlook)
  • Exploration history map
  • Location maps: Image 2
  • Licensed exploration acreage
  • Expiry forecast of current licences
  • Gross exploration wells completed by operator
  • Net exploration wells completed by participant
  • Summary and key issues: Image 3
  • Drilling activity by well type
  • Cumulative exploration wells by play
  • Discoveries and success rate
  • Discoveries by licence year and drilling year
  • Basin creaming curve
  • Volumes discovered by year
  • Average discovery size and volume per well by year
  • Oligo-Miocene Deepwater
  • Pliocene Shelf
  • Exploration and appraisal spend
  • Exploration spend per well and average well depth
  • Value creation, spend and volume discovered
  • Returns by drilling year
  • Breakeven price versus prospect size
  • Value creation versus investment
  • Value of potential discoveries
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Value of potential discoveries
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Breakeven price of exploration
  • Discount rate breakeven price sensitivities
  • Breakeven price of exploration
  • Discount rate breakeven price sensitivities


  • Play level data
  • Assumptions
  • Key licence holders
  • Key well operators (TYP period)
  • Key companies: Table 3
  • Key play characteristics
  • Oligo-Miocene Deepwater
  • Pliocene Shelf
  • Key basin data
  • Top discoveries (TYP period)
  • Reserves and resources: Table 3
  • Reserves and resources: Table 4
  • Reserves and resources: Table 5
  • Reserves and resources: Table 6
  • Pliocene Shelf
  • Costs: Table 1
  • Costs: Table 2
  • Typical fiscal terms
  • Economic assumptions: Table 1
  • Oligo-Miocene Deepwater
  • Pliocene Shelf
  • Oligo-Miocene Deepwater
  • Pliocene Shelf
  • Full cycle economic analysis
  • Average value of future discoveries and implied acreage value

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