Israel’s Energy Revolution

June 27, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) reports on Israel’s energy revolution and recent discoveries of natural gas (the largest worldwide in over a decade) and oil shale (the second or third largest deposits in the world).

Zion Oil Opens $31+ Million Rights Offering

June 27, 2011 by · 11 Comments 

Zion Oil's Ma'anit-Joseph #3 well

On Thursday, June 23 Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZN) filed a prospectus with the SEC for a $31.25 million rights offering to current stockholders. The rights offering consists of 6,250,000 non-transferable subscription rights @ $5 per Unit. Each subscription right Unit includes (1) share of Zion common stock and (2) warrants to buy additional shares of common stock @ $3.50 per share. Zion stockholders will receive (1) subscription right Unit for every (4) shares of Zion common stock they own as of June 15.

What this offering means is that if a Zion stockholder owned 1,000 shares, for example, of common stock on June 15, Zion will send, at no charge, 250 ‘subscription rights Units’. Each Unit, if exercised @ $5, entitles the stockholder to (1) share of Zion  common stock and (2) warrants to buy additional shares @ $3.50 within one year of the offering’s close. Exercising the Unit offering including the Warrants would cost the stockholder a total of $12 per (3) shares of Zion common stock. As of this writing Zion common stock is trading on NASDAQ (ZN) @ $5.56 – buying (3) shares of Zion common stock at the current trading price would cost $16.68.

This offering is currently scheduled to close on July 25, 2011. Even though the offering limits stockholders to (1) subscription right per (4) shares of common stock owned, stockholder may oversubscribe to purchase additional that remain unsubscribed at the close of the offering, subject to availability and allocation.

If fully subscribed, Zion will raise $31,250,000 from the sale of Units, and if the warrants are fully exercised within a year of the offering’s close, an additional $43,750,000. According to the Prospectus Zion Oil & Gas will use proceeds from the offering “for (i) furthering our oil and gas exploration program by carrying out geological and geophysical studies on our exploration areas, (ii) complete logging, interpretation and any production testing that may be deemed needed with respect to the Ma’anit-Joseph #3 well (iii) drilling a well on our Jordan Valley License and (iv) general corporate purposes.

Zion’s Prospectus describes the company’s current and applied for exploration territory in Israel:

We currently hold two petroleum exploration licenses, which we have named the Joseph License and the Jordan Valley License, covering approximately 139,000 acres of land onshore Northern Israel.  A third petroleum exploration license, the Asher-Menashe License covering approximately 79,000 acres of land adjacent to the Joseph License, expired on June 9, 2011, its scheduled expiry date. We have continuously held the Asher-Menashe since June 2007 and we have drilled one exploratory well in this license area. Prior to the expiry of the Asher-Menashe License, we submitted to Israeli Petroleum Commissioner an application to extend the license. We do not believe that the Israeli Petroleum Commissioner will deny our application for the extension while we have a current well on the site; however, no assurance can be provided that the requested extension will be granted.

“In February 2011, we submitted to the Commissioner applications for two exploration licenses and an application for a preliminary exploration permit. One of the license applications and the application for the preliminary exploration permit cover substantially all of the area covered by our previous Issachar-Zebulun Permit, which expired on February 23, 2011. We named one license application (with respect to part of the previous Issachar-Zebulun Permit) the Jordan Valley License Application and the preliminary exploration permit (applied for with respect to substantially the balance of such area) the Zebulun Permit Application. We named the other license application the Dead Sea License Application as it relates to areas within the vicinity of the Dead Sea.”

Mike Huckabee Receives “Breaking the Treasure Code”

June 20, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Fox News personality, former Presidential candidate and former governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee was presented with a copy of Steve Spillman’s  “Breaking the Treasure Code: The Hunt for Israel’s Oil”. Oil in Israel and Zion Oil & Gas fan Bob Bradshaw from The Woodlands, Texas. Bob Was with Mr Huckabee at a recent Houston fund raising dinner.

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.

Israel’s Chief Geologist Visits US Explorers

May 27, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Last week, Israel’s chief geologist visited Houston based oil and gas explorer ATP’s Gulf of Mexico offshore drilling platform to see best offshore exploration practices for himself. Israel geologist Victor Bariudin made the trip to get an understanding of ATP’s safe and effective offshore drilling procedures and make a recommendation to his country’s Minister of National Infrastructures, Dr Uzi Landau. At the end of his drilling platform visit, Mr. Bariudin stated, “I will recommend to our minister and our staff that we use this method and to work with them.” ATP followed (also Houston based) Noble Energy into the exploration waters of offshore Israel and into the world’s largest natural gas discovery in more than a decade. Testing indicates that an offshore oil discovery isn’t far behind.

Israel’s expectation is that the recent gas discovery and the likely possibility of significant oil reserves will make the country energy independent and even an energy exporter. The economic impact of gas and oil production in Israel could be more profound to the nation’s GDP than any industry the country’s history.

Houston’s Fox affiliate captured Bariudin’s Gulf of Mexico drilling platform highlights in the video below.

Earlier this month Mr. Bariudin, Israeli Petroleum Commissioner, Dr. Michael Gardosh, and other Israeli officials visited with the managment of Zion Oil at Zion’s Caesarea, Israel offices. Zion holds the largest onshore exploration rights territory in Israel.

Israeli Oil Officials and Zion Leadership

Israeli Oil Could Have a Bigger Impact Than Gas

May 15, 2011 by · 18 Comments 

The Jerusalem Post reported this week on an assessment from the Swiss based financial services giant UBS, that a significant oil find could have a greater impact to Israel’s economy than the recent massive natural gas discoveries offshore.

UBS analysts, Roni Biron, Ziv Tal and Reinhard Cluse wrote in a report on the Israeli gas and oil sector that: “Our calculations suggest that, in the event of success, oil could potentially deliver a boost to GDP growth, the budget and the external balance that might potentially be even bigger than the impact from natural gas.

“This would also imply a larger appreciation potential for the shekel and an even greater requirement to manage the resulting macroeconomic challenges through a carefully managed sovereign-wealth fund.”

Simply put, UBS analysts are saying that discovering oil could mean more to Israel’s economy, trade balance, domestic budget, value of the shekel and long term national wealth than the recent gargantuan offshore natural gas finds that will make Israel both import independent and a major exporter. Not to mention (they didn’t) that being oil and gas independent would add significantly to Israel’s national security.

The UBS analysts reminded readers that the Leviathan and Tamar fields were the world’s largest gas discoveries in the past decade, that Tamar would be sufficient for all of Israel’s domestic needs, making Leviathan available for 100% export. They reported, “natural- gas exports from the Leviathan field will begin in 2017 at almost $3 billion per year, before rising to almost $6 billion in 2020.”

$6 billion per year from natural gas exports – that’s significant! What’s more significant is that the UBS report was about how a oil could have a greater impact.

Zion Oil Stock Continues Upward Trend

April 24, 2011 by · 9 Comments 

Zion Oil & Gas Stock (ZN, NASDAQ) continues to rise since it’s six month low of $4.31 back in January. On March 2nd of this year Zion stock shot to $5.81 after broadcast media interviews and print news articles with Founder John Brown and CEO Richard Rinberg during the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville.

Zion stock settled down under $5.00 during much of March and then began to climb in April, topping at $5.40 after April 14 news of Israel awarding Zion Oil & Gas the Jordan Valley exploration license. Zion stock on the last day of trading since this report finished at $5.37.

Trading analyst, SmarTrend, announced Thursday that their  ‘uptrend’ call has been “vindicated” by Zion’s recent stock performance.

So what does this mean to those of us who aren’t Wall Street day traders or stock analysts? I’m not sure – I’m not one of those guys. I own Zion Oil stock because I believe in what they’re doing and I believe in the nation of Israel. Zion’s vision is to find oil in Israel and provide for the nation’s domestic energy needs through that(those) discovery(ies).

What about the daily ups and downs of Zion’s stock? At this point, who cares? I figure that an oil company’s stock value isn’t really all that important until they’ve either discovered oil and/or gas, or they give up looking. Zion hasn’t made a discovery (yet) and they sure as heck haven’t shown any signs of giving up. Until one or the other happens, I’m all in.

*Reminder – the editor of www.OilinIsrael.net is not an investment consultant or a stockbroker (not even close). For investment advice see your financial counselor, or better yet – if you’re a believer in Israel’s G-d, seek His advice.

Israel could transform global energy markets

March 23, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

In a March 11, 2011 Jerusalem Post article Dore Gold, president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and former Israeli ambassador to the UN stated that Israel’s newly discovered fossil fuel reserves could ‘revolutionize the global energy sector’.

Dor stated in the article, “Libyan oil accounts for less than 2 percent of world oil production, yet the revolt against Muammar Gaddafi has managed to shoot up the price of oil to more than $100 per barrel in the last month.”

The article goes on to report that, at the same time Israel holds the world’s third largest oil shale deposits and, because Israel’s Tamar gas field is capable of supplying the country’s domestic natural gas fields for the next twenty years, 100% of the gas harvested from the Leviathan field (estimate at twice the volume as Tamar) could go to export markets.

What does this mean? As Middle East oil supply from Arab countries becomes more expensive and more politically contentious, Israel’s energy exports from existing and pending discoveries should be coming online.

Bottom line: Israel energy exports in the near future could very well change the political and economic landscape in the Middle East. With Arab political regimes falling apart at the seams and oil prices spiking with the evening news, the fact that the only stable democratic government in the region and America’s best friend (yes, it’s still true) in the Middle East may very soon be one of the world’s energy exporters is a comforting thought. Go Israel!

Click here to read the full Jerusalem Post article.

Video Shoot at Zion’s Ma’anit-Joseph #3 Well

February 10, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Zion's John Brown & Richard Rinberg

We (True Potential Media) traveled to Israel for a week of shooting video at Zion Oil’s office in Caesarea, their Ma’anit-Joseph #3 well site in Northern Israel, and in Jerusalem. Zion Founder John Brown, CEO Richard Rinberg, President and CEO Bill Ottaviani and Executive VP Victor Carrillo were on-site in Israel for interviews on the vision and progress of Zion Oil’s mission in Israel.

The video, photographs, and other content produced during the shoot will be compiled and presented over the next few weeks and months as Zion shares its story and its vision with the world: ” … to assist Israel in the restoration of the Land by finding and producing oil and gas – helping to make Israel politically and economically independent.”

Visit the Oil in Israel and Zion Oil Facebook pages as we add photos to the Israel albums.

Egypt Shuts off Israel Gas

February 9, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Back in December I wrote “Egyptian Gas Deals Threaten Tamar Exploration” and a reader asked (I paraphrase), “What does Egypt have to do with oil and gas in Israel?”

As we’ve watched a revolution in Egypt unfold from our TV screens in the last two weeks, we now know the answer to our reader’s question … plenty!

Egypt Pipeline Explosion

Al Jazeera reported on Saturday. “Egypt gas pipeline attacked“. Israel gets about 40% of its natural gas from Egypt, from the Egypt gas pipeline. Fortunately, the terrorists blew up the side that supplies gas to Jordan rather than Israel. Unfortunately, Egypt shut down the gas pipeline to Jordan and Israel until they could quell the terrorist activity … which may be awhile. That means 40% of Israel’s natural gas requirement isn’t getting to Israel right now. According to a UPI report out today, that’s costing Israel $1.5 million per day in ‘alternate’ energy sources.

Al Jazeera reminded readers: “Israel is realising that their good friend (Mubarak) is on his way out, and they are not sure who is on the way in.”

Forbes’ Chris Barth asked the question in his Monday blog: “Will Egypt Protests Boost Israel’s Budding Energy Market?” Barth says:

“As protests in Egypt continue, investors are pondering the future of Israel’s energy supply, with one eye on Cairo and the other on Israeli energy companies. Although Israel has been quickly moving toward a more diverse energy structure, however, it still relies on Egypt for a full quarter of its energy needs, mainly natural gas delivered via the Arish-Ashkelon section of the Arab Gas Pipeline. Indeed, existing contracts with Egypt seem to prevent any large-scale shakeups in Israel’s energy imports, even in the face of recent domestic natural gas discoveries. Despite what has been a nerve-wracking month for energy-minded Israeli investors wary of instability, the state’s reliance on Egyptian gas doesn’t look to be going away any time soon.”

Protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square

Israel’s gas supply from Egypt has been cut off by the unrest and terrorist bombings in Egypt. It’s long term gas supply from Egypt is jeopardy, depending on whatever form of government comes up on top after the revolution. No more gas from Egypt – that’s bad news for Israel, right?

Maybe not. In the short run it certainly hurts now; but in the long run, Israel, I believe,  will be much better off.

Remember what I said in December’s article? “Egyptian gas deals threaten Tamar exploration.” The sweetheart gas deal Israel has had with Egypt for the last thirty years as a stipulation of the Camp David Peace Treaty (40% of Israel’s natural gas imports) means that actually producing the gas discovered inside Israel’s territory has been slowed or even threatened because Israel prefers cheap Egyptian gas to paying the price of getting Israeli gas to market. Why build Israeli infrastructure when we can get Egyptian gas for a few shekels less?

I’ll tell you why – sometimes ‘cheap’ isn’t so cheap. The Egyptian sweetheart gas deal won’t last forever – as far as we know, we could be witnessing its death on Cairo’s Tahrir Square right now. With not-so-friendly neighbors surrounding her and political turmoil rebooting the Israel ‘friendly’ Egyptian government, it’s a pretty good bet that the foreseeable future of  ‘cheap’ Egyptian gas for Israel may be ticking down.

For Israel, energy isn’t just an economic issue it’s a national security issue. If Israel has a domestic energy source available she’d better start developing the infrastructure to bring it to market. Relying on the neighbors for natural gas doesn’t seem like such a good long term strategy anymore … even if it’s cheap.


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