At present the total amount of recoverable gas reserves found offshore Israel is estimated at 900 BCM. These new finds allow Israel to become a nation capable of providing for a substantial portion of its energy consumption without dependence on external sources. In 2013 the Tamar gas field was connected to shore via a 150 km long tie-back pipe, amongst the longest in the world, and gas started to flow to the Tamar production platform and from there to the Israeli gas transportation system.
With the support and encouragement of the government and the Ministry of Energy, electric power plants and large industrial facilities are gradually converting their energy consumption to natural gas. The establishment of a nation-wide transmission and distribution system is underway. This system is designed to provide natural gas to every factory in Israel, and subsequently will reach the private sector as well.