Gas Rig Breakdowns

LEVIATHAN EMISSIONS PERMIT:

THE FLARE WILL ONLY ACTIVATE DURING UNCONVENTIONAL OPERATIONS THAT INCLUDE EMERGENCY SITUATIONS AND PLANNED MAINTENANCE.

A DETAILED REPORT MUST FOLLOW EACH FLARE ACTIVATION  WITHIN 14 DAYS.

 

FLARE OPERATED OVER 100 TIMES SINCE OPERATIONS BEGAN IN 2020 – AN AVERAGE OF ONE MALFUNCTION PER WEEK! 

ONE BREAKDOWN POSED “MORTAL DANGER” ACCORDING TO REPORT.

MILLIONS IN FINES FOR SEVERE EMISSIONS TO AIR AND SEA.   
                           

The Leviathan rig began operations on November 19, 2019, as part of a “test-run” trial scheduled for roughly 45 days. The rig’s permit dictates that the flare will only activate during planned maintenance or emergencies. Each flare activation requires a detailed follow-up report within 14 days. Igniting the flare burns the gas pumped through it, reducing (but not eliminating) the toxins released. The flare still emits huge volumes of greenhouse gases. 

Over 100 breakdowns have occurred since operations began, including one that posed mortal danger. 

Examples include:

  • October 17, 2020, a fire in the rig’s kitchen caused an electrical malfunction, causing gas to be pumped out the flare without being burned before its release. Israel’s Environmental Protection Ministry issued Chevron a $144,000 fine for failing to ignite the gas. However, this fee is negligible for a company raking in roughly $150 billion annually. 
  • February 11, 2020: Communication failure with the wellhead (75 miles at sea)
  • January 11, 2020: Heavy rains expose volatile and toxic condensate pipes
  • January 1, 2020: Decreased pressure shuts the gas flow
  • May 2, 2020: Gas leak forces flare operation, posing mortal danger (see report).
  • March 14, 2020: Malfunction shuts down gas production, ignites the rig’s emergency flare and dumps gas into the sea.

" A gas explosion at DVS receiving plant planned for Dor Beach will create a fiery fuel cloud of between 547 to 1531 yards [equivalent to the length of 4 to nearly 13 football fields], that could envelop all of nearby Dor and parts of Kibbutz Nachsholim."

Dr. Israel Barzilai, Former Head of the Ministry of Environment's Hazardous Substances Department

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