Open Blocks

Based on the recommendation of the Lebanese Petroleum Administration, the Minister of Energy and Water Cesar Abi Khalil declared on the 26th of January 2017 that blocks 1, 4, 8, 9 and 10 are open for bidding during the first offshore licensing round in Lebanon. The LPA had already prepared a study driven by the following objectives that the Lebanese Government aims to achieve during the first licensing round:

  • Hitting commercial discoveries that justify the required investments in infrastructure that will lead to the development of petroleum resources,
  • Safeguarding the rights of Lebanon to benefit from its potential petroleum resources over its complete exclusive economic zone.

A set of different alternatives that satisfy the above objectives were studied and evaluated based on the following criteria leading to the selection of the open blocks, namely:

  • Implementing a gradual licensing policy that gives the Lebanese state, public institutions and the economy the time to adapt and benefit from this new sector in a gradual and transitional manner;
  • Investigating the potential of joint development whenever possible;
  • Ensuring a conducive business environment for International Oil Companies;
  • Taking into account health, safety and environmental standards.

Available documents for download:

Available Geophysical Data for Licensing By Block (including the minimum requirements for licensing)

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