Lebanon to begin offshore oil exploration

Abi Khalil said Lebanon’s first well will be drilled next year.

30 May 2018 | 11:31

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 30 May 2018 | 11:31

This photo shows Lebanon's Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil, explaining on the map about the offshore block 9 which Israel claims, during an interview with the Associated Press at his office, in Beirut, Lebanon, February 1, 2018. (AP Photo)

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s outgoing energy minister said Tuesday the first phase of oil and gas exploration off the coast has begun.

Cesar Abi Khalil told reporters that he has approved an exploration plan submitted by three international companies who will search in two of the country’s 10 offshore blocks.

Abi Khalil said Lebanon’s first well will be drilled next year.

Lebanon last year approved the licenses for an international consortium led by France’s Total, Italy’s ENI and Russia’s Novatek to move forward with offshore oil and gas development for two of 10 blocks in the Mediterranean Sea, including one that is disputed in part with Israel.


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