Drilling was set to begin at a Golan Heights oil exploration site in the late night hours of Monday, the company announced that evening.
The project, which is being implemented by Afek Oil and Gas, involves three years of exploration for conventional oil using up to 10 wells. The company chose site No. 5 out of 10 to start with, located north of Nahal El Al near Moshav Natur, a former kibbutz on the southern Golan Heights. Preparatory work for the drilling, including rig assembly, began at the end December.
"I’m extremely happy with the work crews, with the quality of the work," Afek Oil CEO Geoffrey Rochwarger told The Jerusalem Post, over the phone from the site, on Monday night.