DALLAS and CAESAREA, Israel, Dec. 16, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (Nasdaq:ZN) announced today that on December 15, 2010, it completed its previously announced rights offering. The preliminary outcome of the rights offering, as of the close of business on December 15, 2010, indicates that subscriptions for approximately 3.65 million units, for gross proceeds of approximately $18.25 million, have been received (including over-subscriptions). All shareholders that requested over-subscription shares will be awarded their full over-subscription request.
Zion’s Chief Executive Officer Richard Rinberg said today, “I am pleased to announce the successful conclusion of our rights offering. The proceeds from this offering provide us with the funds that we believe are necessary to allow us to proceed with our planned drilling subsidiary, provide us with financial and operating flexibility and enable us to further our exploration and drilling program significantly.
“We have successfully drilled approximately two-thirds of our Ma’anit-Joseph #3 well and are now drilling the final third.
“We remain excited about the possibility of recovering hydrocarbons on our license and permit areas, onshore Israel, especially due to the U.S. Geological Survey report, published in April 2010, containing their assessment that there may be 1.7 billion barrels of recoverable oil and 122 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas in the Levant Basin, as all of Zion’s exploration rights fall within the area of the Levant Basin.”
Under the completed rights offering, holders of record of Zion’s common stock were given non-transferable subscription rights to purchase eighteen (18) Units for every one hundred (100) shares of common stock owned as of the close of business on September 28, 2010. The purchase price of a Unit was $5. Each Unit consisted of one (1) share of Zion’s common stock and one (1) warrant to purchase an additional share of Zion’s common stock at an exercise price of $4.00.
Zion is currently drilling its Ma’anit-Joseph #3 well in Northern Israel and has currently reached a drilling depth of approximately 13,123 feet (4,000 meters). The Ma’anit-Joseph #3 well has targets in both the Triassic geological zone and the Permian geological zone. The primary target is Permian age lithology, expected at a depth of approximately 19,357 feet (5,900 meters).
For updates on the drilling activity please visit Zion’s website www.zionoil.com
Zion’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “ZN” and Zion’s $7 warrants trade under the symbol “ZNWAW”. From December 28, 2010 through their expiration date of December 31, 2012, Zion’s $4 warrants will trade on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “ZNWAZ.” Zion’s transfer agent is in the process of distributing the share and warrant certificates to those rights holders who participated in the rights offering, either directly or through their brokers.
Zion Oil & Gas, a Delaware corporation, explores for oil and gas in Israel in areas located on-shore between Haifa and Tel Aviv. It currently holds two petroleum exploration licenses, the Joseph and the Asher-Menashe Licenses, between Netanya, in the south, and Haifa, in the north, covering a total of approximately 162,000 acres and the Issachar-Zebulun Permit Area, adjacent to and to the east of Zion’s Asher-Menashe license area, covering approximately 165,000 acres. Zion’s total petroleum exploration rights area is approximately 327,000 acres.
Dallas, Texas and Caesarea, Israel – August 26, 2010 – Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ GM: ZN) announced today that drilling operations have begun on its Ma’anit-Joseph #3 well, in its Joseph License area, onshore Northern Israel. The drilling operations are expected to last approximately six months.
Utilizing the 2,000 horsepower drilling rig used to drill Zion’s previous wells, Zion has commenced drilling its Ma’anit-Joseph #3 well, initially towards its secondary target, Triassic age lithology, expected below approximately 10,827 feet (3,300 meters). Zion then plans to continue drilling to its primary target, Permian age lithology, down to a planned total depth below approximately 19,357 feet (5,900 meters).
The rig will operate on a 24-hour basis utilizing two drilling crews on 12-hour shifts. On a continual basis, samples will be collected by Zion’s wellsite geologists, analyzed for both hydrocarbon content and lithology and then stored.
Zion’s Chief Executive Officer, Richard Rinberg, said today, “We are excited to be drilling the Ma’anit-Joseph #3 well and continue to be optimistic about the possibility of recovering hydrocarbons on our license and permit areas, onshore Israel, especially due to the U.S. Geological Survey report, published in April 2010, containing their assessment that there may be 1.7 billion barrels of recoverable oil and 122 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas in the Levant Basin, as all of Zion’s exploration rights fall within the area of the Levant Basin.”
Last week, Zion Oil conducted logging operations (gathering data inside the wellbore) down to a depth of 17,040 feet. Results from the logging operations will help Zion geologists determine if and where potential hydrocarbons exist in the well and how to proceed with drilling or possible production.
Below is a synopsis of last week’s efforts by Zion CEO Richard Rinberg:
An important part of our geological work during drilling is to continually examine the rock cuttings from the well bore (brought up to the surface by the circulating drilling mud) and match that physical evidence against the ‘expected’ rock cuttings. In our database of scientific information, we maintain a computer model of the expected rock strata.
As more information is gathered, the computer model is amended and in the event of a material difference between the ‘actual’ and the ‘expected’, it may be highly desirable to obtain further information by ‘logging’.
You may remember (from our previous logging) that the definition of ‘logging’ is: ‘to test and evaluate the well, using electrical wireline well logs’.
The ‘sonde’ is lowered down the hole on a ‘wireline’ and various measurements are recorded.
The ‘sonde’ is a cylinder filled with instruments that can sense the electrical, radioactive and sonic properties of the rocks (and their fluids) and the diameter of the wellbore.
The ‘wireline’ is an armored cable with steel cables surrounding conductor cables in insulation. It is reeled out from a drum in the back of the logging truck.
The data from the sonde is transmitted up the cable to instruments in the logging truck and recorded.
Using state-of-the-art Baker Atlas logging equipment, we are able to obtain very high-quality data. This past week, we logged an interval of approximately 500 meters; from a depth of approximately 4,825 meters down to approximately 5,325 meters.
The logging will enable us to make decisions based on scientific evaluation rather than hunches and guesstimates.
So, this past week, we are still at a depth of approximately 17,470 feet (5,325 meters), close to our final target of approximately 18,040 feet (5,500 meters).
Yesterday a friend reminded me of Israel’s gas pipeline infrastructure. That’s important now that Israel has discovered natural gas. There must be some infrastructure in place to get gas from the well site to where it will be used for energy (mostly power plants).
The Tamar #1 discovery (5 trillion cubic feet) is 80 kilometers off the coast of Haifa. That means in order to bring that gas to market, a pipeline will have to be built from the offshore rig to Haifa and then to the existing Israeli pipeline infrastructure. Noble Energy, primary partner in the Tamar discovery estimates it will be three years before gas from the discovery actually reaches the market. Others in the industry estimate longer.
But then a light went on in my head. I remembered seeing a map of Zion Oil’s license areas and Israel’s existing and planned natural gas pipelines. Here’s the map:
Israel’s existing natural gas pipeline runs north just off the Mediterranean coast. The reason for its current location is to supply fuel for power plants along the coast. Construction is underway for a trunk line to the Hagit and Alon Tavor power plants inland. Another trunk line is planned for this year, running from the coast to the area of Zion’s Ma’anit #l well site. Remember, Zion’s immanent Ma’anit Rehoboth #2 well will use the same wellbore as the Ma’anit #1 – it’s in the same location. Should Zion find gas instead of oil or gas and oil in the Ma’anit #2 well, they would have a built in pipeline infrastructure. In the event of a discovery, they could be supplying natural gas to Israel before the offshore discovery comes on line!
I asked a friend and very high placed source of mine from Israel today about the pipeline. He confirmed what I just laid out and went a step further. There’s a manufacturing plant a few hundred yards from the Ma’anit Rehoboth well site. This plant currently uses diesel fuel to fire its boilers. It has requested to be first in line to buy any gas produced at the Ma’anit Rehoboth site. So there you have it! The greatest natural gas discovery in Israel’s history and Zion, God willing, may beat them to the market. But remember this is all just speculation. Zion has to find the gas first. And, of course, they could find oil – which is what we’ve been looking for all along.
Caesarea, Israel – September 15, 2008 – Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (Amex: ZN) of Dallas, Texas and Caesarea, Israel announced today that it and Aladdin Middle East (“AME”) have signed a drilling contract. Last week, Zion’s Chief Executive Officer, Richard Rinberg, and the President and Chief Operating Officer of Zion, Glen Perry, visited AME’s offices in Ankara, Turkey, in order to inspect AME’s rig and equipment yard, meet with key AME personnel and finalize the terms of the drilling contract.
The contract was executed by both parties on September 12, 2008. Under the terms of the contract AME has committed to provide a completely refurbished and updated 2,000 horsepower rig and crews (anticipated to arrive in Israel in November 2008) and to drill Zion’s planned Ma’anit-Rehoboth #2 well ‘directionally’ to below 18,000 feet. The well is planned to appraise the strong shows seen in the Triassic (during the drilling of the Ma’anit #1 well) and to drill deeper into the Permian formation. It will be the first well drilled to the Permian in Northern Israel. The commencement of the drilling program is subject to receipt of various government permits and raising additional capital, whether through Zion’s current public offering or otherwise.
Richard Rinberg, Zion’s Chief Executive Officer, said today, “This is an important milestone for Zion, one which we have been working towards for a long time. We are very impressed by the quality of AME’s rig and the professionalism of their people. We appreciate the hospitality shown to us by AME during our visit and are excited about working with AME and drilling our next wells, just as soon as we can.
Additional information relating to the drilling contract and related matters will be included in Zion’s Current Report on Form 8-K, that Zion will be filing soon with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Zion Oil & Gas, a Delaware corporation, explores for oil and gas in Israel in areas located onshore between Tel-Aviv and Haifa. It 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.
AME is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company, incorporated in Delaware in 1962, with its head office in Wichita, Kansas. AME has drilled more than 130 exploration and development wells in Turkey for major oil companies, including Exxon, Mobil, Wintershall AG, MOL, Placid Oil, Neste Oy, Terralliance (USA), JKX (UK) and TETHYS (Sweden). Its rig inventory includes 11 drilling and workover rigs and AME’s personnel have enormous work experience in many countries, including Turkey, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Georgia.