Zion Oil & Gas Applies for Asher-Joseph Permit

June 20, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Old Caesarea

Old Caesarea on the Mediterranean

DALLAS and CAESAREA, Israel, June 14, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (Nasdaq:ZN) announced today that on June 13, 2011, the Company submitted an application to the Israeli Petroleum Commissioner’s Office, requesting the grant of a new petroleum exploration permit area adjacent to Zion’s Joseph License area. The new permit application has been named by Zion, the “Asher-Joseph Permit Application”.

The Asher-Joseph Permit Application area covers approximately 80,000 acres of land and is to the west and south of Zion’s Joseph License area. It is onshore Israel and traverses a section of land, adjacent to the coastline, between Haifa and Tel Aviv. The grant of a permit would allow us to conduct, on an exclusive basis through a specified period, preliminary investigations to ascertain the prospects for discovering petroleum in the area covered by the permit.  Unlike a license area, where test drilling may take place, no test drilling is allowed on a permit area.

Zion’s Chief Executive Officer, Richard Rinberg, said today, “We have three applications for new exploration areas pending before the Israeli Petroleum Commissioner’s Office: the Asher-Joseph Permit, the Zebulun Permit and the Dead Sea License.

“We continue to implement our exploration and drilling program and build on our progress to date. If granted the new exploration areas, we intend to acquire additional seismic and other geological and geophysical data, as we work towards refining potential drilling prospects.

“Currently, drilling operations at our Ma’anit-Joseph #3 well continue. We have reached our target depth of approximately 19,357 feet (5,900 meters), in the Permian geologic layer in Northern Israel, and are now preparing for open-hole wireline logging operations, planned to commence this week. Depending on the outcome of our wireline logging and subsequent interpretation, we may determine to drill this well deeper.”

Zion’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “ZN“.

Zion Oil & Gas, a Delaware corporation, explores for oil and gas in Israel in areas located onshore between Haifa and Tel Aviv. It currently holds two petroleum exploration licenses, the Joseph License (on approximately 83,000 acres), between Netanya, in the south, and Haifa, in the north and the Jordan Valley License (on approximately 56,000 acres), just south of the Sea of Galilee. The Asher-Menashe License (on approximately 79,000 acres), which Zion has held continuously since June 2007, expired on June 9, 2011 (its scheduled expiration date); however, prior to that date, Zion submitted an extension application to Israel’s Petroleum Commissioner.

Noble Energy to be honored for Israel gas discoveries

May 12, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Source: Jewish Herald Voice

Houston-based Noble Energy will be honored at a tribute dinner Sunday evening, May 23, at the Westin Galleria Hotel for its discovery of significant natural gas resources off the coast of Haifa – discoveries that will have “profoundly positive” benefits for the State of Israel. Leon Mucasey, general chairman, Houston Committee State of Israel Bonds, made the announcement with Fred Zeidman, Texas chairman, State of Israel Bonds. On this occasion, the energy company’s chairman and CEO Charles D. “Chuck” Davidson will accept the State of Israel Bonds Declaration of Independence Award on behalf of Noble Energy.

“The natural gas discoveries Noble Energy and its Israeli partners have made have profoundly changed the State of Israel’s security situation for the better,” Mucasey stated. “These natural gas discoveries are believed to be big enough to supply Israel’s energy needs for at least two decades or more, so that Israel will no longer have to be dependent on imported oil. The Declaration of Independence Award is a truly appropriate award to bestow upon Noble Energy, as it has put Israel on the road to energy independence,” Mucasey concluded.

The culmination of years of significant study of a previously, highly underexplored region, and of investment, the Tamar discovery was drilled by Noble Energy and its Israeli partners Isramco Negev 2, Delek Drilling, Avner Oil Exploration and Dor Gas.

It was drilled in the Matan License, offshore Israel, in approximately 5,500 feet of water and was drilled to a total depth of 16,076 feet to test a lower Miocene subsalt structure in the Levantine Basin. It was characterized by Davidson as “one of the most significant prospects we have ever tested,” and as “the largest discovery in the company’s history.”

Further testing and appraisal of the discovery has identified natural gas resources of 6.3 trillion cubic feet, enough to supply Israel’s energy needs for at least two decades or more. Noble Energy and its partners are moving forward with plans to bring first production from Tamar to Israel by 2012.

A publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Noble Energy is a leading independent energy company, which has been engaged in the exploration and production of oil and gas since 1932. The company operates primarily in the Rocky Mountains, Mid-Continent and deepwater Gulf of Mexico areas in the United States, with key international locations in Equatorial Guinea and Israel.

The State of Israel Bonds tribute to Noble Energy will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the formal program at 7 p.m. Dietary laws will be observed. Dress is business attire.

An RSVP is required. For information, call State of Israel Bonds Texas Headquarters at 713-729-3100 or 800-676-3101.

Adira Energy Awarded Offshore License

November 4, 2009 by · 2 Comments 


Netanya, Israel

(source: Scandinavian Oil & Gas Magazine)

AMG Oil says that the Israeli Petroleum Commissioner’s office has notified the Company that, during the most recent sitting of the Israeli Petroleum Board, the Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Adira Energy Corp., was awarded a second petroleum license in offshore Israel (the “Yitzhak License”).

Yitzhak License The Yitzhak License area is centered approximately 17 km off the Israeli coast and stretches from Netanya in the South to Hadera in the North (about 11 km). The Yitzhak License covers a total license area of 127,700 Dunam (approximately – 127.7 square kilometers or 31,555 acres). The Yitzhak License is directly to the North of, and contiguous to the company’s Gabriella License.

The license area is in shallow water with a depth of approximately 150 meters, which the Company believes will make drilling more cost efficient. The Yitzhak License has been granted for an initial period of three years commencing October 15, 2009.

Stephen Pierce, AMG’s Senior Vice President of Geology, said, “During early 1970 an oil well located in the area covered by the Yitzhak License called “Delta-1″ was drilled. The total depth of Delta-1 was 4423m, and ended in the Upper Jurassic. However, this depth is above the oil encountered in the Jurassic Bathonian age limestones in the Yam Yafo-1 (4894m – 4955m) and Yam-2 wells (5315m). It remains unclear as to why drilling stopped at this depth. However, the Delta-1 well was drilled in 1970 before the later discoveries of Yam Yafo-1 and Yam-2. Subsequent to Delta-1 being drilled, seismic mapping demonstrated a structural high extending from Delta-1 to the oil discoveries at Yam Yafo-1 to Yam-2. We believe that we have a good prospect that is an attractive target for hydrocarbon exploration.”

The Company’s successful application for the Yitzhak License expands AMG’s portfolio of petroleum licenses from its current two licenses (“Eitan” and Gabriella”) to include a prospective offshore area within a region that is known to host significant evidence of hydrocarbons.

AMG’s Chief Executive Officer, Ilan Diamond stated, “We are very pleased to have been successfully granted the Yitzhak License, the second block in the region. Both the Company’s offshore licenses, “Gabriella” and “Yitzchak” are within the broader region of the Nobel/Delek Tamar gas discoveries, which are 60 km west of Hadera (Dalit) and 90 km west of Haifa (Tamar). Evaluation work on our ‘Gabriella’ license has recently commenced and we are excited to continue work on this license. In addition, we continue to plan for the start of our exploration and drilling program on our “Eitan” license in the Hula Valley, northern region of Israel. We have completed the purchase of the drill rig and associated equipment, and are in the process of moving the rig to site. We have contracted the services of a full time drilling team who have significant experience operating rigs of similar nature and who have worked in the area previously.”

Zion Oil Begins Drilling Elijah #3

October 29, 2009 by · 7 Comments 

According to Zion CEO Richard Rinberg’s ‘Zion Oil & Gas Newsletter’, Zion Oil began drilling the Elijah #3 well last week and by last Friday’s report, drilling depth on the Elijah #3 had reached 400 feet.

coo-report-2009-1 27The Elijah #3 well site is located on northern Israel’s coastal plain near Mount Carmel, between Caesarea and Haifa, in Zion’s ‘Asher/Menashe” license area. Zion Oil’s Elijah #3 isn’t the first oil well to be drilled in this area and Zion Oil isn’t the first company to come to this region, known in the Bible as the ‘foot of Asher’, seeking the fulfillment of an ancient Bible prophecy. And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil.‘” (Deuteronomy 33:24)

Wesley Hancock

In 1961, Bible believing Californian, Wesley Hancock was awarded an exploration license area of 97,000 acres including Mount Carmel and extended into parts of the Jezreel Valley, known as the “Valley of Megiddo,” site of the prophesied last days battle of Armageddon. Armed with a report forecasting Israel’s oil potential, and his Asher passage in Deuteronomy 33, Wesley went looking for Asher’s oil. On September 19, 1963 Wesley spudded the Asher #1, north and east of Mount Carmel near Haifa. Asher #1 had reached a depth of 7,800 feet when the drill head twisted off, taking seven drill collars with it. After the twist-off, chances of drilling any deeper were nil. By January of 1964, testing in the hole above 7,800 feet revealed that the Asher #1 was dry. In 1965 Wesley commissioned a hydrocarbon survey of his license area. This was the first petroleum survey of its kind in Northern Israel. The survey results led to choosing his location for the Asher #2 well. Hancock drilled the Asher #2 to a depth of 4,300 feet and core samples showed traces of oil. The Asher #2, however, was shut down; Hancock, without any other investors, had run out of money and was unable to continue drilling.

Gilman Hill

In 1979 Gilman Hill, an American evangelical Christian, came to Israel looking for Asher’s oil. According to Hill, God directed him to drill for oil and showed him the well’s location during a 1978 tour of Mount Carmel. Gill had completed preliminary geological surveys and fulfilled permit requirements to begin drilling by 1980.
Hill’s well, Elijah #1, was planned to be drilled to the upper Triassic strata, a depth of 15,000 to 16,000 feet. At 8,900 feet Gilman halted the drilling. According to Hill, God gave him the message, “circumstances have changed,” Gil was convinced that he was to cease drilling until further notice from God. Gil continued his geologic research for another six years waiting for a Divine release to resume drilling. The release never came. After spending $6 million of his own money on Mount Carmel, drawn by the Bible’s promise that Asher would “dip his foot in oil,” Gilman Hill had failed to find the elusive flow.

Andy SoRelle

atlit Castle

Crusader Castle at Atlit

About the same time Hill started drilling Elijah #1, a Texas oil man named Andy SoRelle was busy preparing to drill the Atlit #1 well near Haifa, known as the Asher Project. SoRelle’s well was spudded in February 1981, the same year Jim Spillman’s book, The Great Treasure Hunt,  was released. Spillman and SoRelle were mutual supporters, each understandably interested in the work of the other. Throughout the Asher Project  SoRell updated Spillman on the progress of the well they both believed would strike the oil God had promised.
At 9,400 feet the drill bit hit volcanic rock.  They drilled down through another 7600 feet before finally coming into limestone again. The drill bit, now at 17,296 feet was way beyond the rig’s capacity. Fearing he would lose the hole, Atlit’s drilling supervisor shut down the operation until a larger rig could be brought in.
December 28, 1982 a new drill rig, rated at 26,000 feet was installed over the original hole. This new phase, dubbed the Atlit #II was planned to bring the well as deep as 23,000 feet. By February of 1983 the well had been cleaned out and depth had been increased to 18,000 feet.
Drilling continued without incident until, at 20,570 feet Atlit II struck oil! What oil experts call “very good shows” came to the surface; graded as light oil at 35 to 40 degrees API. SoRelle continued to a final depth of 21,431 feet. The zone of oil bearing rock, was estimated at 470 feet, from 20,570 to 21,309 feet. Two years after spudding, the drilling phase of the Atlit well was finally complete!
During development problems emerged again. Financing for the project had been on a shoe-string at best. The crew had stopped casing the well at 13,772 feet.  Not having funds for additional casing and reasoning that the volcanic rock they had struggled through was stable enough to hold the hole open the crew had continued drilling in “open hole.”

As the crew was cleaning the hole in preparation for the production casing, drill collars stuck at 18,669 ft and two weeks of jarring would not break them loose. Special equipment was flown to retrieve the string (130 ft. in length) and, while cleaning the hole to “fish” with the new equipment they stuck again at the 17,772 ft mark. After ten more days of trying to break loose, they came out leaving another 8 ½ foot fish in the hole.

August 24, 1983, more than two and a half years after spudding, Andy SoRelle called it quits for the Atlit hole.  Having spent more than $25 million, his own money and that of his investors, Andy gave up on the Atlit well.

The history of the search for Asher’s oil doesn’t seem very promising. But if God said of Asher, ‘… let him dip his foot in oil …’ then I’m convinced He’ll keep His promise in His own time. One thing I do know; the oil is down there. Hancock saw it and SoRelle saw it. That Asher’s oil exists is a fact, when it will be brought to the surface is the only question.

Israeli Group to Start Drilling for Dead Sea Oil

September 10, 2009 by · 6 Comments 

Tzuk Tamrur site near the Dead Sea

An Israeli consortium that includes a group largely responsible for the recent discovery of natural gas deposits off the country’s Mediterranean coast plans to begin exploratory drilling for oil at the Dead Sea next month.

The Delek Group headed by Yitzhak Tshuva previously headed the consortium that found billions of dollars worth of natural gas just 50 miles off the coast of the northern Israel city of Haifa. Tshuva is convinced that other sources of energy exist in the country, including oil deposits worth at least half a billion dollars under and around the Dead Sea.

Following his consortium’s natural gas find earlier this year, Tshuva said he believed Israel would very soon become energy independent, and even start exporting natural gas, leading to a major economic revolution in the country.

But Tshuva won’t be alone in his search for oil in Israel. Texas-based, Christian-run Zion Oil & Gas has been searching for oil in Israel since 2000. Founder John Brown says the Bible makes it clear Israel will be energy independent in the last days. The company’s two exploratory drillings have so far given inconclusive results, but have sparked enough optimism for Zion Oil & Gas to continue its operations.

Zion to Commence Drilling

April 20, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Great news from Israel this morning! Zion’s AME drilling rig arrived at the port of Haifa on Saturday. Thirteen loads were transported to the Ma’anit Rehoboth #2 well site yesterday with the balance of the rig to be delivered today and tomorrow. According to Zion CEO Richard Rinberg drilling of Zion’s second well, the Ma’anit Rehoboth #2 should begin by next week.   Here’s the Zion press release:

Zion Oil Updates Drilling Schedule

2,000 Horsepower Drilling Rig Arrives in Israel

Dallas, Texas and Caesarea, Israel – April 20,2009 – Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE Amex: ZN) announced today updated information regarding the import into Israel of a drilling rig and crews owned and employed by Aladdin Middle East Ltd (AME). AME has been contracted to provide a completely refurbished and updated 2,000 horsepower rig and crews to drill Zion’s planned Ma’anit-Rehoboth #2 well ‘directionally’ to below 18,000 feet.

The drilling rig arrived by ship at the Israeli Port of Haifa during the evening of April 18, 2009. The required taxes and import charges were paid and the first thirteen loads (out of a total of approximately eighty loads) cleared Israeli Customs on April 19 and were transported to the Ma’anit-Rehoboth #2 drill site and unloaded. The remaining loads are scheduled to be transported to the drill site on April 20 and 21.

Twenty members of AME’s rig crew arrived in Israel on April 18 and 19 and will begin rigging up (i.e. erecting) the drilling rig on April 20. It is planned that drilling operations will start by the end of April.

For updates on the daily drilling activity please visit Zion’s website “www.zionoil.com“.

Zion currently holds two petroleum exploration licenses, the Joseph and Asher-Menashe Licenses, between Netanya on the south and Haifa on the north, covering a total of approximately 162,000 acres. Zion has applied for a further permit area (tentatively named by Zion the Issachar-Zebulun Permit Area) and the application, if granted, will increase Zion’s total license area to over 400,000 acres.

Zion’s Chief Executive Officer, Richard Rinberg, said today, “It has been a long and difficult journey, but we have overcome the many challenges and, in a few days, the drilling rig should begin the drilling of Zion’s second well, on our Joseph License, to the Triassic Formation (down to a depth of 15,400 feet) and then, we plan, to the Permian Formation (down to a depth below 18,000 feet).”

Zion’s common stock trades on the NYSE Amex under the symbol “ZN” and Zion’s warrants trade under the symbol “ZN.WS“.

Zion Oil & Gas, Inc., a Delaware corporation, explores for oil and gas in Israel in areas located onshore between Tel-Aviv and Haifa.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS: Statements in this press release that are not historical fact, including statements regarding Zion’s planned operations, potential results thereof and plans contingent thereon, including the commencement of drilling operations, are forward-looking statements as defined in the “Safe Harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward looking statements are based on assumptions that are subject to significant known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other unpredictable factors, many of which are described in Zion’s periodic reports filed with the SEC and are beyond Zion’scontrol. These risks could cause Zion’s actual performance to differ materially from the results predicted by these forward-looking statements. Zion can give no assurance that the expectations reflected in these statements will prove to be correct and assumes no responsibility to update these statements.

Zion’s homepage may be found at: www.zionoil.com


ZionOil & Gas, Inc.
Brittany Russell, 214-221-4610

Zion AME Rig Leaves Turkey

April 16, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

The 2,000 horsepower Aladdin Middle East drilling rig contracted by
Zion Oil & Gas to drill the Ma’anit Rehoboth #2 well in northern
Israel was loaded on the the freighter “Umiavut” yesterday at the
Turkish port of Iskenderun.












Moving the rig from Turkey to Israel is no small chore.
Transporting the Zion rig overland requires 80 truckloads of
equipment. That’s 80 trucks loaded in Ankara (inland Turkey) and
transported to the dock at Iskenderun. 80 trucks unloaded and put
aboard ship. 80 trucks unloaded at Haifa, Israel and transported to
Zion’s Ma’anit Rehoboth site. 80 trucks unloaded and set up at the
well site. Whew!

Here’s the estimated time lapse: Transit time via ship from Turkey
to the port of Haifa in Israel is four days. Combined transit and
setup time from the port of Haifa to the well site at Ma’anit is
nine days. Today is April 16. If all goes well, by April 30 (don’t
count Shabbat on the 25th) we may be hearing exciting news from

Zion Oil Applies for Issachar-Zebulun License

February 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Zion Oil & Gas applied today for an additional 245,000 acres of exploration area in the biblical lands of Zebulun and Issachar. “… for they [Zebulun & Issachar] shall suck of the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hid in the sand.” (Deuteronomy 33:19) The applied for license area also includes the valley of Megiddo.    If Zion is extended the new license area, the company’s total area under license will grow to 400,000 acres.


In today’s letter to ‘Shareholders and Friends of Zion”, CEO Richard Rinberg also reported on progress with the company’s drilling contractor, Alladin Middle East: “On February 20, 2009, two senior executives from Aladdin Middle East Ltd (AME), in Turkey, visited our office in Dallas. We met with both AME’s Business Development Coordinator and Drilling Manager as, in September 2008, we contracted with AME to use their 2,000 horsepower drilling rig to drill our Ma’anit-Rehoboth #2 well. (You can see the location marked on the map diagram above.)

They informed us that they have now fully disassembled the drilling rig into eighty loads, in preparation for transit from Ankara to Israel. They told us that there is no shortage of vessels for shipping the rig to Israel and they expect, once the rig has cleared customs at Haifa Port, that they will require only nine days in which to rig-up (i.e. erect) the drilling rig.

Both Zion and AME have submitted all the crew documentation requested by the authorities in Israel; we now wait for confirmation that Israel has granted the Turkish crew worker permits. As soon as confirmation is received, the drilling rig will start its journey to Israel.” By the way: Zion stock closed at $17.27 today. Unbelievable. (See Genesis 12:3)

Zion Oil Stock Receives A+ Rating

February 21, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

Remember folks, you read it here first.
Zion Oil & Gas stock closed at $12.50 yesterday, Friday, February 20. On Monday’s issue of Investor’s Business Daily (that right Monday’s issue) Zion stock will carry an A+ rating.
zion-oil-ibd-ratingWhat does that mean? IBD ranks stocks by a proprietary system ranging from A – E. According to IBD, ‘A’ stocks outperform more than 80%of the market; ‘E’ stocks perform worse than 80% of the market. ‘A+’ is at the top of the top (you can read more about the IBD ranking system here: http://www.investors.com/ibdhelp/helpglossB.asp?helpID=156).

Zion Oil continues to shine in a dark economic environment. I’ve had people ask why the stock is going up so steadily in this terrible market. And, of, course they’ve given me their opinions about Zion’s performance. Here are three reasons for Zion’s increasing stock value that I gave to a http://oilinisrael.net reader this week

1. The Haifa gas discovery is close by and proves massive hydrocarbons in the area.
2. Zion has proven themselves to be a real company – not a fly by night. They do what they say they’re going to do.
3. The announced subscription offer is a great deal – but only to those who already own Zion stock.

It’s pretty simple folks. Now it looks like the rest of the world is catching on.

Gas Discovery Already the Bright Spot in Israel’s Economy

February 18, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

One bright spot in Israel’s financial markets. Today Israel’s Haaretz news organization posted a fairly bleak story on Israel’s financial markets. (http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1065141.html) Nothing new in that; stories of down markets are the daily fare in the midst of our worldwide economic meltdown. There was, however a bright spot (brilliant bright!) “Isramco, a main partner in the Tamar-1 exploration that found the huge field of gas off the Haifa shore, exploded upwards again, closing 24% higher on huge turnover of NIS 90 million.” Stock value in Delek Group, also a partner in the Tamar-1 gas discovery, has more than doubled in the last two months. Could Israel’s massive gas discovery (and possibly and oil discovery in the near future) play a major role in saving Israel’s economy? It looks like it already is. Just so you know, here are the partners in the Tamar -1:

Who all is involved in Israel’s offshore gas discovery? Just so you know, here are the partners in the Tamar -1:

1. Noble Energy: 36 percent (Houston, TX, ticker symbol: NBL – NYSE, http://www.nobleenergyinc.com)

2. Isramco Negev: 28.75 percent (Petach Tikvah, Israel, ticker symbol: ISRA.L – TLV)

3. Avner Oil Exploration: 15.625 percent (Petach Tikvah, Israel, ticker symbol: AVNR.L – TLV)

4. Delek Drilling: 15.625 percent (Netanya, Israel, ticker symbol: DEDR.L –TLV, http://www.delek.co.il )

5. Dor Gas Exploration: 4 percent (Yakum, Israel)

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