Israel’s Energy Minister Grants Megiddo-Jezreel License Annexation for Zion Oil & Gas
Dallas, Texas and Caesarea, Israel – April 1, 2015 – Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (“Zion” or “Company”) (NASDAQ ZN) announced today that, on March 29, 2015, the State of Israel’s Minister of Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources (the “Energy Minister”) approved the annexation of 67,950 dunam (approximately 16,791 acres) into Zion’s existing Megiddo-Jezreel Petroleum Exploration License No. 401.
The additional acreage derived from the southern portion of Zion’s former Jordan Valley License.
An approximate equal amount of acreage was relinquished from our Megiddo-Jezreel License so that the overall total area of our license remains at approximately 400,000 dunam (400 square kilometers or 98,842 acres), the maximum size authorized under Israeli law.
Zion filed our application to Israel’s Petroleum Commissioner on April 10, 2014 so it has taken almost one year to gain final approval.
Zion’s Megiddo-Jezreel License with Approved Annexation
(Shaded relief map of license area illustrating key physiographic features)
Victor G. Carrillo, Zion’s President and Chief Operating Officer, said,
“This license annexation approval from Israel’s Energy Minister Silvan Shalom is further affirmation that Zion is on the right path in our future oil exploration efforts. We still have key regulatory and financial requirements ahead of us before we can drill our next deep exploratory well but we continue moving forward. Our license area appears to have all of the geologic ingredients of an active petroleum system with good potential and we still plan to spud our well in 2015.”
Zion explores for oil and gas in Israel and currently holds the Megiddo-Jezreel License, a large onshore area of approximately 99,000 acres. Under Israeli law, Zion has the exclusive right to oil and gas exploration within its license area in that no other company may drill there.
For updates on operational activities, please visit Zion’s website: www.zionoil.com
Zion’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “ZN.”
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