US firm Noble Energy says that, having sanctioned development of its 22 tcf Leviathan field in February, work “is moving full speed ahead. We are already about 15% complete on the project and remain on track for first production by the end of 2019,” operations chief Gary Willingham told his firm’s 3 August Q2 earnings call.

“Our teams…recently completed drilling operations at Leviathan-5… We've tendered for a rig to drill and complete the remaining [2] wells, the last major contract for the project. And we anticipate awarding that contract in the next couple of weeks and the rig should be in the field in first half of next year,” he says. (CONTINUED - 791 WORDS)