Natural Gas News – May 7, 2019

Natural Gas News – May 7, 2019

Israel Shut Down Its Only Natural Gas Field Amid Rocket Fire From Gaza

Oil Price reported: Israel’s Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz ordered on Sunday that the country’s only operating natural gas field, the offshore Tamar field, be closed as a precaution after violence between militants in the Gaza Strip and Israel flared up at the end of last week. The natural gas from the Tamar field is being pumped by a subsea pipeline from a rig which is within the range of some the hundreds of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel over the past few days. The temporary closure of the Tamar field put Israel’s energy supply into an emergency mode, as power plants need to use alternatives to the natural gas they receive from the field to keep operating, according to The Times of Israel. The power plants will be burning diesel, coal, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) from a ship anchored in Israel’s north. For more on this story visit or click

Piedmont Natural Gas selects Matrix Service to build North Carolina LNG facility

Daily Energy Insider reported: Duke Energy subsidiary Piedmont Natural Gas has chosen contractor Matrix Service Inc. to construct a liquefied natural gas facility on 60 acres of Robeson County, N.C. “As an industry leader in low-temperature and cryogenic tanks and terminals, we are very pleased to have been awarded this important project,” John Hewitt, Matrix Service president and CEO, said. “We look forward to delivering this project safely, on time and on budget.” Throughout construction, the facility is expected to create up to 150 jobs. When completed, between 10 and 12 permanent employees will be stationed there, managing operations that will generate more than $800,000 annually for the county’s tax revenue. The facility will have 1 billion cubic feet of storage. Its construction is expected to last into the summer of 2021. For more on this story visit or click


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