by Naharnet Newsdesk 07 March 2023,


French oil giant TotalEnergies will begin drilling for potential gas reserves in Lebanon’s offshore Block 9 in late September, a company official said.

“The results of the drilling operations will be announced at the end of this year,” said Romain de la Martinière, the General Manager of Exploration and Production at TotalEnergies, following a meeting in Beirut with caretaker Public Works and Transport Minister Ali Hamieh.

Hamieh for his part reassured that Beirut’s port and airport are “fully prepared” to play an “active role” in the oil and gas exploration file.