BEIRUT: Energy Minister Cezar Abi Khalil announced on Friday that Lebanon will sign on February 9 agreements for offshore oil and gas exploration by an international consortium of energy companies, a month after the Cabinet approved two bids by France’s Total, Italy’s Eni and Russia’s Novatek.
The consortium is expected to start drilling in blocks 4 and 9 of Lebanon's Exclusive Economic Zone in 2019, Abi Khalil had said.
On December 17, 2017, the consortium came forward with bids for two of the 5 blocks that were open for bidding. Lebanon's exclusive economic zone is divided into 10 blocks in total.
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