Israel is looking to increase the use of domestic gas for power generation at the expense of imported coal. Tamar, Israel's only producing field, will be the immediate beneficiary. Longer-term it hopes bidding will re-ignite exploration and the prospect of exports to Egypt will spur development of discovered fields.

US firm Noble Energy and its Israeli partner Delek are advancing plans to raise output capacity from their 10 tcf Tamar field offshore Israel – the country’s...