London-listed independent Energean is set to begin a two-well exploration campaign off Israel next year as it hunts for more gas to feed into its deep-water Karish project.

Chief executive Mathios Rigas told Upstream the current plans call for a rig to be secured towards the end of 2021 — after Karish comes on stream via a floating production, storage and offloading vessel — to drill probes on the Athena and Zeus prospects in Block 12.