QatarEnergy has entered into agreements with the Government of Lebanon, TotalEnergies and Eni to become a partner in two exploration blocks offshore Lebanon.
Pursuant to the terms of the agreements signed in Beirut today, QatarEnergy will hold a 30% working interest in the Exploration and Production Agreements pertaining to Blocks 4 and 9, marking QatarEnergy’s first exploration endeavour in Lebanon. TotalEnergies (the operator) and Eni will each hold a 35% interest.
The agreements were signed by Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, the President and CEO of QatarEnergy, Dr Walid Fayad, the Minister of Energy and Water of Lebanon, Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies, and Claudio Descalzi, the CEO of Eni.
Commenting on the signing of these agreements, Al-Kaabi said: “This very important commitment gives us the opportunity to support Lebanon’s economic development, at this critical juncture. And I want to assure our brothers in Lebanon that with the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Amir of the State of Qatar, the State of Qatar will always be there in support of a better future for Lebanon and its people.”
“I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to the Government of Lebanon represented by His Excellency Dr. Walid Fayad, the Minister of Energy and Water and the teams at the ministry and the Lebanese Petroleum Administration for the valuable support and cooperation that led to this milestone.
“I want to thank our partners Mr. Patrick Pouyanné and Mr. Claudio Descalzi as well as the working teams of TotalEnergies, Eni, and QatarEnergy. We are pleased to work with TotalEnergies and Eni, with whom we share a long history of cooperation, and who have a deep understanding of the region and a proven exploration track record. We look forward to beginning work on this promising endeavour, and hope that these efforts are successful for the benefit of Lebanon and its people,” Al-Kaabi concluded.
Block 9 has a total area of 1,749 sq km and lies about 80 kilometres off the coast of southern Lebanon in water depths of approximately 1,700 metres, while block 4 has a total area of 1,911 sq km and is located in water depths of about 1,500 metres. – TradeArabia News Service