Geoscience Data Sources

Exploration for hydrocarbons is taking place in the offshore area of Israel since the early 1970’s. In this activity large amount of information is collected, including 2D and 3D seismic reflection, gravity and magnetic, bathymetric and well data. The data is being stored and managed by the Petroleum Unit in the Ministry of Energy and its affiliated research centers, the GSI and the GII. For the availability of different data types please contact us.    

Well Data

​Israel first offshore exploration well was drilled in 1970. Till the late 1990’s some 20 wells were drilled for oil and gas reservoirs, all of them were located in shallow water near the coastline. Following the first discovery of gas (Noa-1) exploration efforts extended to the entire area of the EEZ reaching greater water depth of up to 1700m below MSL. As of 2016 a total of 60 exploration and production wells were drilled in the Levant Basin offshore Israel (See map below). 

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Seismic Data

Several thousands of 2D, multi-channel seismic reflection lines were acquired in the offshore area of Israel in the early stages of exploration, either in the framework of proprietary seismic shooting in exploration licenses or through regional, multi-client surveys. Following the discoveries of the Noa and Mari-B gas fields more focused, high-quality 3D seismic data were acquired over target areas by license operators. The Israeli offshore seismic data sets include: 42,000 km of 2D seismic lines (shot between 1970 and 2008); and 26 3D seismic surveys covering 32,000 km2 (shot between 2000 and 2013).

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Bathymetry Map

​The activity in the offshore area include also acquisition of high resolution bathymetric data.  This important data type is used for planning of drilling sites, construction of infrastructures, environmental assessments etc.  A bathymetric map of the offshore was recently compiled by the Petroleum Unit using Multi-Beam Sonar, well and 2D/3D seismic data (Add link to report).  Efforts to map the sea-floor continue and new MB data is being collected by the newly equipped research vessel of the Israeli Oceanic and Limnologic Institute (IOLR) 

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Gravity and Magnetic Data

Regional gravity and magnetic surveys were acquired offshore Israel in several campaigns. Data were collected either in the framework of multi-clients surveys or by license owners.  The Potential field data provides important information of the deep structure of the Levant Basin.

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Spatial (GIS) Data

The files are stored as Winzip files in shapefile format. All files contain projection information.

To preclude any doubt, in the event of any discrepancy between the version of the shape files obtained from this website and the designated official version, the designated official version is the authoritative one.