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Israel limits gas production in Lothian due to a defect

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Israeli Energy Ministry has cut production from the new Lothian natural gas field to sixty percent after discovering a defect in the project pipeline that extends under the sea.

There was no immediate comment from the Lothian partners, who just last month started selling gas to Egypt and Jordan. Sector officials reported that the field was producing about 65 percent of its capacity during the initial operation period.

The Energy Department said in a statement on Thursday that it had notified the operating company of the US-based Noble Energy project that production should not be increased by more than 60 percent until an investigation was completed.

The ministry said the problem had been discovered by an underwater robot that monitored vibrations along pipelines near the drilling sites. No leakage or damage occurred.

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