Heletz is a moshav
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in southern Israel
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. Located between Ashkelon
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, Kiryat Gat and Sderot
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, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hof Ashkelon Regional Council
Hof Ashkelon Regional Council
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. In 2006 it had a population of 422.
The moshav was founded in 1950 by immigrants
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, and was named after Helez, one of King David's Warriors
King David's Warriors
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The Heletz oil field
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was the location of the first successful oil well
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in the country, with extraction beginning in 1955 resulting in much celebration. It remains the most economic oil field in Israel.
Recently Avenue Group, Inc. and Tomco Energy have restarted production from the Heletz oil field. The companies reported total production of over 3200 barrels (508,759.3 l) of oil since June 11. Three more wells are currently awaiting the delivery and installation of downhole pumps in preparation for their return to production. The companies have also retained the international consultant firm of TRACS International to study the oil and gas reserves underlying the Heletz field. Reserves are estimated at 20 Moilbbl of oil to as high as 100 Moilbbl.
Tomco Energy had its shares suspended on 11 February 2009 stating contractual difficulties relating to the financing of its Heletz oil field operations.