About LPA

Sustainable Oil and Gas Development in Lebanon - SODEL


SODEL is a three-year project that ended in 2017. Its objective was to support the newly established LPA in 2012 with an emphasis on issues related to health, safety and the environment. The project aimed to assist in moving the recommendations of  the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) forward by developing and implementing the needed standards, regulations, awareness and capacity building initiatives. The project also undertook studies for the use of natural gas and other low carbon fuels, specifically in the transport and industry sectors in the objective to promote the enabling environment needed to establish a more affordable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly fuel mix for Lebanon.
The project ensured that all decisions taken in the upstream sector take environmental and social considerations into account in order to protect both the environment and local communities. 
The project was executed by the Ministry of Energy and Water, and closely coordinated with the Ministries of Environment, Finance, Public Health and the Prime Minister’s Office. The implementing entity was the United Nations Development Programme.

Project Details

Name: Sustainable Oil and Gas Development in Lebanon “SODEL”
Duration: 2014 -2017
Funding: Ministry of Energy and Water and UNDP
Budget: 2.2 million USD

Project Counterparts

United Nations Development Programme
Ministry of Energy and Water
Ministry of Environment
Lebanese Petroleum Administration

Project Components and Main Achievements

  1. Support to health, safety and the environment in the oil and gas sector in Lebanon
    The Lebanese Petroleum Administration has a clear strategy for the governance of Health, Safety and Environment in the upstream oil and gas sector. However, work was still needed to better prepare the grounds for its implementation to ensure that any potential negative impacts of this sector are mitigated and that the environment and people are protected to the maximum extent possible.
    Accordingly, the main outputs of this component cover:

    • Development of relevant sector specific Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) regulation.
    • Development of a National Oil Spill Contingency Plan.
    • HSE awareness raising and capacity development.
    • Prioritization and management of available environment baseline data.
  2. Enabling environment for the use of alternative fuels in the energy and transport sectors
    The SODEL project undertook technical studies that would set policy recommendations for uses of the potential natural gas resources and low carbon fuels in Lebanon. Particular focus was given to the use of alternative fuels for private electricity generation and in the industrial and transport sectors. A policy paper based on feasibility assessments undertaken by the SODEL Project was prepared to maximize economic benefit to Lebanon while safeguarding the environment.
    Accordingly, the main outputs of this component cover:

    • Awareness raising and capacity development.
    • Provision of recommendations on the potential use of natural gas and low carbon fuels in the industry and transport sectors in Lebanon.
    • Assessment of the existing natural gas distribution infrastructure
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