Will start drilling  in maritime Block 4 before the end of the year and plans to launch a second licensing round in January 2020 if everything goes according to plan, a member of the Lebanese Petroleum Administration said Tuesday.  France’s Total, Italy’s Eni and Russia’s Novatek have been awarded contracts to drill in blocks 4 and 9 in Lebanon’s maritime borders.“There is interdependency between Block 4 and 9, and for this reason any commercial discovery in Block 4 will give an indication about the prospects of gas and oil reserves in Block 9,” a member of the Lebanese Petroleum Administration was quoted as saying Tuesday

Italy keen to cooperate with Lebanon in oil, gas sector

 “Italian companies are placing big hopes on Lebanon as a gate for exporting oil and gas to other countries,” said Francesca Zadro, trade commissioner of the Italian Trade Agency in Beirut, during the fifth Lebanon International Oil and Gas Summit.south lebanon map unifil