The Afek Oil project first received its exploratory drilling license in April 2013, following the approval of the Northern District Committee for Planning and Building in July 2014.
After identifying the presence of hydrocarbons at two oil exploration sites on the Golan Heights, the Afek Oil and Gas company began drilling operations at a third location this week.
The third site, Ness-6, is located near the entrance of the Kanaf moshav, southeast of Gamla. The drilling is expected to reach a depth of 1,400 meters, according to the company.
As the drilling proceeds at this site, the firm said it is simultaneously conducting preparations for rehabilitation work at the previous locations, Ness-5 and Ness-3.
“We are very pleased with the progress of the work and the findings, which have thus far matched our expectations,” Dr. Yuval Bartov, chief geologist at Afek Oil, said. “Cooperation with supervisory bodies and local authorities is important to us, and we will continue to be strict about cooperating in the work process, while taking into account the environment in which we are operating.”
At the end of July, Afek Oil announced that preliminary results from the company’s Ness-3 site were consistent with those at its Ness-5 well.
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