Court upholds 40% cap on natgas exports

Seven-judge High Court panel rejects petitions filed by lawmakers and environmentalists, removing significant disincentive to gas investment and development

Israel's top court on Monday upheld the government's decision to limit natural gas exports to about 40% of the country's newly-discovered offshore reserves.


Some lawmakers and environmental activists had petitioned the High Court of Justice to suspend the export cap, announced in June, arguing in part that it was too generous and more gas should be earmarked for domestic use.


A seven-judge court panel rejected the petitions in a majority vote, removing what had been a significant disincentive to gas investment and development.


Exploration companies had lobbied strongly for a large export quota, saying the Israeli market alone was too small to warrant further investment in developing the fields.


Two of the world's largest offshore fields found in the past decade lie in Israeli waters. Tamar, with an estimated 280 billion cubic meters (bcm), was discovered in 2009, and a year later Leviathan, was found with an estimated 530 bcm.



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