• 4 minutes Is $60/Bbl WTI still considered a break even for Shale Oil
  • 7 minutes Oil Price Editorial: Beware Of Saudi Oil Tanker Sabotage Stories
  • 11 minutes Mueller Report Brings Into Focus Obama's Attempted Coup Against Trump
  • 15 minutes Wonders of Shale- Gas,bringing investments and jobs to the US
  • 9 hours IMO 2020 could create fierce competition for scarce water resources
  • 4 hours Evil Awakens: Fascist Symbols And Rhetoric On Rise In Italian EU Vote
  • 21 hours India After Elections: Economy And Hindu Are The First Modi’s Challenges
  • 18 hours IMO2020 To scrub or not to scrub
  • 8 hours Apartheid Is Still There: Post-apartheid South Africa Is World’s Most Unequal Country
  • 15 hours Theresa May to Step Down
  • 8 hours Total nonsense in climate debate
  • 22 hours Old - New Kim: Nuclear Negotiations With U. S. Will Never Resume Unless Washington Changes Its Position
  • 18 hours Devastating Sanctions: Iran and Venezuela hurting
  • 10 hours IRAN makes threats, rattles sabre . . . . U.S. makes threats, rattles sabre . . . . IRAQ steps up and plays the mediator. THIS ALLOWS BOTH SIDES TO "SAVE FACE". Then serious negotiations start.
  • 227 days Epic Fail as Solar Crashes and Wind Refuses to Blow
  • 20 hours Compensation For A Trade War: Argentina’s Financial Crisis Creates An Opportunity For China
  • 16 hours Level-Headed Analysis of the Future of U.S. Shale Oil Industry
Libyan Oil Industry Stable Despite ISIS Return

Libyan Oil Industry Stable Despite ISIS Return

Libya’s oil industry reported its…

Lebanon Re-opens First Oil & Gas Licensing Bidding Round

Lebanon Offshore gas rig

After passing key legislation to advance its stalled oil and gas licensing tenders, Lebanon opened on Thursday five offshore blocks up for bidding, re-launching the first licensing round after three years of political impasse.

The evaluation of the bids and the signature of exploration and production agreements (EPAs) will follow as of 15 November this year, the Lebanese Petroleum Administration said in an update on the first licensing round.

In early January, the new Lebanese government adopted two landmark decrees to define oil and gas exploration blocks, paving the way to tendering offshore reserves in Lebanon’s portion of the prolific Levant Basin in the Mediterranean.

Lebanon -- which shares the Levant Basin with Israel, Cyprus and Syria -- has been far behind Israel and Cyprus in exploring and developing its share of resources due to political impasse over the past few years, a dispute with Israel over Lebanon’s southern maritime border, and the lack of the legislation dividing its waters into exploration blocks.

After Lebanon cleared the legislation hurdle, Lebanese Minister of Energy and Water, Cesar Abou Khalil, said at a news conference today that the choice of blocks up for bidding in the first round was driven by the probability of finding exploitable volumes of oil and gas, and the need to protect Lebanon's resources, Reuters reports.

Related: Russia Makes A Move On Asian Oil Markets As OPEC Cuts

Before the bidding hit a snag in 2013, a total of 12 companies had pre-qualified as operators in the first offshore licensing round, including majors Chevron, Eni, ExxonMobil, Petrobras, Shell, Statoil, and Total.

Minister Abou Khalil said today that these companies would remain qualified to bid, and a second pre-qualification round for other interested bidders would be held between February 2 and March 31. Lebanon will announce on April 13 which companies have qualified, Abou Khalil added.

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News