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The Minister announced the opening of the new pre-qualification round for oil and gas companies interested in participating in the First Licensing Round Offshore Lebanon. The primary objective of this pre-qualification round is to ensure that highly qualified companies are invited to participate in the first licensing round, and that subsequently may be awarded exclusive petroleum rights.

The opening date for submission of documents is the 2nd of February 2017 and the closing date of the submission is the 31st of March 2017. Results of the prequalification round will be announced on the 13th of April 2017.

Interested companies wishing to submit their documents should consult the Pre-qualification Application Package.

Companies that have been already prequalified do not need to participate in the new prequalification round as they are eligible to participate in the bid round as long as they still meet the prequalification criteria.

For more information: info@lpa.gov.lb

Available documents for download:
Pre-qualification Application Package


A previous prequalification round was undertaken in 2013 where fifty two companies from twenty five countries submitted their pre-qualification applications. A thorough evaluation process was undertaken by the LPA by assessing the applicants against a set of legal, financial, technical, and QHSE criteria. The process followed a transparent, participatory approach where applicants and the PA communicated to clarify the pre-qualification criteria and process, as well as to ensure that all required information are submitted and cleared.

As a result, twelve applicants were pre-qualified as Right-Holders Operators and thirty four as Right-Holders Non-operators. The number and profile of the pre-qualified companies showed the vast interest of the international oil and gas industry in investing in the Lebanese offshore, and their trust in the management of the oil and gas sector in the country.

Available documents for download:
Pre-qualification Application Package
Pre-qualification Results Presentation
Pre-qualified Companies Booklet

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