Cheap, Clean Energy After Four Years in the Works, Natural Gas Makes Its Way to Israeli Shores

Energy Ministry announces gas to arrive in Israel within 24 hours; new Energy Minister Silvan Shalom: This day heralds economic independence for the State of Israel.

The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources announced the start of natural-gas production from the Tamar deep-water field, although it will take the gas around 24 hours to reach the Ashdod onshore terminal. Production began at 4 P.M. Saturday from the wells, located approximately 90 kilometers off the coast of Haifa, in the Mediterranean Sea.

The gas is conducted around 150 kilometers, via an...