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Energy & Environment

Israel’s Tech Sector Builds On Country’s Status As Gas Exporter

Recent offshore finds by Houston’s Noble Energy total roughly 30 Tcf.


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med_02-26-2014.jpgNew gas fields off the coast of Israel discovered by Noble Energy. (Photo from Noble Energy)

The late Israeli prime minister, Golda Meir, was famous for saying that Moses had led the Israelites forty years through the desert to the one place in the Middle East that had no oil. But since 2009, Houston-based Noble Energy has discovered gas fields off Israel’s coast containing roughly 30 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas. Ethan Matlaw is with Protective Coating Technology, headquartered in Haifa.

“And all of a sudden, we’ve switched from being an energy dependent country to a energy supplier to the region, and it’s very, very exciting for us.”

The country’s growth as a natural gas supplier has led to a boom in energy-related tech companies. This marks the second year Israel has sponsored a formal delegation to the Offshore Technology Conference. This year’s mission features sixteen companies — focusing on areas ranging from water technology to cyber security.

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Andrew Schneider

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