Lebanon's Oil and Gas - Updates and Discussion [Exploratory Drilling Commences]

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Dry Ice

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Lebanon and Cyprus to mark undersea gas territories

17-01-07

Lebanon and Cyprus are expected to sign an agreement delineating a boundary through possible undersea gas reserves lying between the two countries.

A median line on the continental shelf will designate an "exclusive economic zone" for each side, paving the way for the exploration -- and potential commercial drilling -- of Lebanon's likely offshore gas deposits, and maybe its future energy independence.

Under a contract signed in May 2006, the Norwegian energy consulting firm PGS recently initiated a 3-D seismic survey to determine the volume of exploitable hydrocarbon reserves off the coast of Lebanon.
Data has yet to be processed because PGS is still in the beginning stages of exploration, a source close to the Ministry of Energy and Water said on condition of anonymity. While the early results have been "encouraging," he said, PGS is still "far away" from estimating the volume of existing gas reserves. So drilling is still a distant prospect.

Nonetheless Cypriot Foreign minister Yiorgos Lillikas is expected to sign an agreement with Lebanon's director of land and maritime transport, after less than a year of bilateral negotiations.

"[The agreement] concluded very fast because it is in the economic interests of both countries," said a representative of the Cypriot Embassy in Lebanon. "When you define boundaries between two states, you lay foundations for future exploration and you can invite foreign companies to drill. If there is gas and petrol underneath, we will both win."

Once the perimeter of each country's energy-extraction zone takes effect, the Ministry of Energy and Water, formerly run by resigned Hezbollah member Mohammad Fneish, will be responsible for commercial exploration and future drilling contracts.

Cyprus, whose estimated 6-8 bn barrels of undersea hydrocarbon reserves are worth $ 400 bn according to some estimates, signed an "exclusive economic agreement" in 2005 with Egypt, which like Lebanon lacks the necessary petroleum legislation to encourage foreigninvestment. Instead, contracts with foreign investors or firms are passed by Egyptian Parliament in separate laws. Lebanon will not go this route, a source said.

The foreign investment necessary for the exploitation of Lebanon's possible undersea gas deposits is contingent on the Cabinet's approval of Fneish's draft petroleum law, the source explained.

"Even though our minister has resigned he's still interested in pushing things forward with the petroleum law, because not having one is not very modern," he said.

Source: The Daily Star
 
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    3i3o

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    "We expect Greek Cyprus to end its initiatives to launch international tenders which violate the joint rights of the island's two communities and amount to a fait-accompli," Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Levent Bilman said in a written statement.
    "Continuation of the tender process will adversely affect peace and stability on the island of Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean," he added.

    Bilman also urged companies interested in oil and gas exploration in the region to act with common sense and not to damage prospects of peace on the island.

    Just hours before, the internationally recognised Cyprus government -- which Ankara does not acknowledge -- formally invited tenders for oil exploration and drilling rights off the island.

    Cyprus is offering licences for an area of about 70,000 square kilometres (28,000 square miles) off the coast of the island and estimated oil deposits are put at around eight to 10 billion barrels.

    Cyprus said earlier this week that five international companies have already contacted the government to express interest in exploring the deposits below the seabed.
    It has also already signed gas and oil exploration and exploitation deals with Cairo and Beirut, triggering strong objections from Ankara.

    Turkey argues that the deals infringe on the rights of the self-proclaimed Turkish Cypriot statelet in northern Cyprus, which is recognised only by Ankara.

    Turkey has also warned that it too has rights in the region and is determined to protect them.

    Cyprus, an EU member state, has been divided since 1974 when Turkey seized its northern third in response to an Athens-engineered coup in Nicosia seeking to unite the island with Greece.

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    Orange Patriot

    Orange Patriot

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    Lebanese Oil?

    We've all heard small talk now and then about how Lebanon posseses oil or natural gas resources off-shore in the Mediteranean. Needless to say having such a treasure, while not being as vast as Nigerian, Russian or Gulf fields, can never-the-less go a long way to alleviating the Lebanese economic situation. The following article posted on Tayyar.org and taken from The Times says "Some estimates suggest that the seas around Cyprus could contain unproven reserves of between six and eight billion barrels of oil, with an estimated value of £200 billion."

    200 billion

    • What is our [Lebanese] cut?
    • Is the government doing anythign to make sure it protects our cut?
    • Are we capable of protecting our cut in the light of recent developments? [5 countries fighting for this potential field]
    • Will this wealth be squandered by those that have sucked the country dry for the last 15 years? Dividing yet another cash cow between themselves in an endless string of giving cuts here and there?

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    Mediterranean oil bonanza triggers new tensions​
    March 01, 2007
    The Times​

    Prospects of a Mediterranean oil and gas bonanza have sparked a fresh row between Turkey and the divided island of Cyprus.

    Turkey is challenging agreements that Cyprus has signed with Lebanon and Egypt over maritime borders to facilitate oil and gas exploration.


    Some estimates suggest that the seas around Cyprus could contain unproven reserves of between six and eight billion barrels of oil, with an estimated value of £200 billion.

    Turkey has warned the two Arab countries not to proceed with the deals, saying that it also had rights and interests in the area. Ankara also insisted that the Turkish Cypriots, whose breakaway state is recognised only by Ankara, should have a say in the island’s oil and gas rights.

    A senior Greek Cypriot official accused Turkey of acting like “a pirate of the east Mediterranean”. Turkish warships were reportedly dispatched to international waters south of Cyprus as a warning to the Greek Cypriots, although the Turkish military said that they were on a routine patrol.
    Ignoring Turkey’s objections, Cyprus has launched an international licensing round for offshore exploration in zones south of the island and has said that American, Chinese and Russian companies have shown interest. Ankara promptly urged prospective bidders to “act with common sense”, saying that “the tender process would affect peace and stability on Cyprus and in the eastern Mediterranean”.

    Turkish Cypriot officials fear that the Greek Cypriots will claim all potential oil finds for themselves and accuse them of “trying to create new problems” instead of engaging in efforts for a Cyprus settlement.

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    Morpheus

    Morpheus

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    Brussels defends Cyprus rights in oil row with Turkey
    02 February 2007, 21:42 CET

    (BRUSSELS) - The European Commission on Friday backed Cyprus's right to grant offshore oil and gas exploration rights to Egypt and Lebanon, amid reports of a naval build-up in the region from neighbouring Turkey.

    EU member Cyprus "is fully sovereign for international agreements it concludes and it cannot be questioned," a spokeswoman for the EU's executive arm said.

    She added that any agreements should be in line with EU legislation and called for "moderation and restraint on this issue".

    Ankara on Thursday denied stepping up its naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean amid the growing row with Cyprus over the divided island's oil and gas exploration rights.

    The Commission comments came after Cypriot Foreign Minister George Lillikas wrote a letter to it seeking a response to the situation.

    Cyprus' EU ambassador Nicholas Emiliou said there had not been confirmation of increased Turkish naval activity, but slammed Ankara's attitude on the oil rights issue.

    "They have no legal claim," he told AFP.

    "The area we are talking about is well to the south of Cyprus, between Cyprus and Egypt. Even geographically it is not an area of Cyprus which is adjacent to Turkey," the ambassador said.

    "I think this kind of attitude is typical of Turkish behaviour and shows that nothing changes. They have been having the same problems with Greece over the last 30 years and now Turkey is threatening another three countries in the same manner, Cyprus, Egypt and Lebanon".

    In a harshly worded statement Tuesday, the Turkish foreign ministry warned Egypt and Lebanon to delay the oil and gas deals which it said infringed the rights of the island's breakaway Turkish Cypriot statelet.

    "Turkey is determined to protect its rights and interests in the eastern Mediterranean and will not allow attempts that would erode them," the statement said, declaring the deals invalid.

    Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, whose Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is recognised only by Ankara, said his community would not give up on what he called its exploration rights.

    http://www.eubusiness.com/Cyprus/cyprus-oil.04/
     
    Morpheus

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    Cyprus woos Russian oil companies to bid for exploration licenses

    London (Platts)--12Apr2007

    Cyprus government officials were in Moscow Wednesday looking to attract Russian
    oil companies to undertake hydrocarbon exploration in its waters, the
    Cypriot government said in a statement Thursday.

    Representatives of a number of unnamed Russian oil companies were briefed
    by Solon Kasinis, director of energy at the industry ministry, and foreign
    affairs minister Yiorgos Lillikas.

    "As you are all aware, recent geophysical surveys in the Eastern
    Mediterranean and the North African region have proven to be successful,"
    Lillikas told the Russian companies. "This, in conjunction with the current
    high oil price, makes this region a significant exploration target."

    Cyprus launched its first-ever licensing round for the exploration of 11
    offshore hydrocarbon blocks February 15. Cyprus economy minister Alekos
    Michalidis has said a large number of major upstream companies had shown
    interest in the round, and the process would be carried out with "full
    transparency."

    Lillikas said a technical report has been prepared by French firm
    Beicip-Franlab, which includes the regional geological regime, interpreted
    seismic sections, depth maps of key horizons, as well as petroleum play
    concepts.

    Norwegian firm Petroleum Geo-Services has also completed a 2D seismic
    survey offshore Cyprus totaling 6,770 km of new data in an area of
    approximately 70,000 sq km.

    The data must be purchased by the prospective license applicants prior
    to the submission of their applications July 16, the closing date of the
    licensing round, Lillikas said.

    The round has been controversial following announcements by Turkey urging
    international companies not to take part, claiming it violates the rights of
    Cyprus' Turkish population.

    Lillikas aimed to play down the rift having signed accords with Egpyt and
    Lebanon over the boundaries of exploration in the Mediterranean. "These
    agreements constitute an example of respect to the independence and the
    sovereignty of states, which is an element of modern political perception," he
    said. "Cyprus expects from the remaining neighboring countries to show such
    modern political behaviour and formulate similar agreements."

    http://www.platts.com/Oil/News/8983940.xml?sub=Oil&p=Oil/News&


    What are we doing about this? What are we doing?
     
    Morpheus

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    The new Cyprus controversy: oil

    Cyprus is inviting offers to exploit billions of barrels of offshore oil,heating up the controversy over the economic isolation of Turkish-Cypriots

    George Gilson - 2 Feb 2007


    THE CYPRIOT government has raised Turkish ire by issuing an international tender for oil and gas exploration off its southern coast.

    The offshore-licensing tender begins on February 15 and industry giants such as BP, Exxon and Mobil have shown an interest, requesting seismological data prepared by Oslo-based Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS), an oil-prospecting company.

    Offshore oil and gas resources surrounding Cyprus in the past have been reportedly estimated at six billion to eight billion barrels, worth about $400 billion at current market rates. But there are no reliable figures.

    Turkey has filed a demarche with the Lebanese government over an agreement signed by Cyprus and Lebanon on January 19 to divide the sea area between the two countries into exclusive economic zones. Egypt was also warned not to pursue a similar deal it had signed with Cyprus previously.

    "Turkey is determined to protect its rights and interests in the Eastern Mediterranean and will not allow attempts that would erode them," the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement

    The Turkish military denied a report by Agence France Press on February 1 that it had sent warships towards Cyprus in response to the deal.

    The Greek government weighed in to accuse Ankara of violating international law by attempting to interfere with Cypriot exploration plans.

    "(It) is in total contradiction with international law and the right of sovereign government to negotiate international agreements," foreign ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos said.

    The accord was signed after secret yearlong negotiations by Cypriot Foreign Minister George Lillikas and Lebanese Public Works Minister Mohammed Al-Safadi (Nicosia agreement with Egypt was signed in 2005, and Egypt has just conducted a drilling in its economic exploitation zone).

    Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos pointed out that the sea area in question is to the southeast of the island republic, which lies at the underbelly of Turkey, and not between Cyprus and Turkey. "In all cases when we start negotiations, Turkey's presence is strong, and this is why it is best that something goes forward before it is made public," Papadopoulos said, explaining the confidentiality of Lebanon-Cyprus negotiations.

    Turkey argued that it should have been consulted before any agreement because Cyprus also has "a Turkish area". A 1974 invasion by Turkey carved a Turkish-Cypriot self-styled state in the northern third of the island, which remains internationally unrecognised.

    Publicly, it was Turkish-Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat who initially questioned the legitimacy of Cyprus' right to exploit exclusively the island's offshore oil resources.

    In a statement issued on January 29, spokesman Hasan Ercakica declared that "the attempt of the Greek-Cypriot side to sign agreements with neighbouring countries is unacceptable". The statement echoed Talat's earlier thinly veiled threats that Cyprus' oil exploitation deals would cause "tensions" on the island.

    Cypriot government spokesman Christodoulos Passiardis replied that the government merely exercised its inalienable sovereign rights. He called Talat's warning a "ridiculous, knee-jerk reaction unworthy of comment".

    The Cypriot government says any inter-communal sharing of natural resources is contingent on a political settlement between the two sides. A United Nations reunification plan was overwhelmingly rejected by Greek-Cypriots in April 2004. Turkish-Cypriots accepted it.

    Since then the European Union, which admitted Cyprus divided a month later, has tried to forge a relationship with the unrecognised government in the north.

    In the latest twist, Nicosia has reacted sharply to a draft European Parliament report that recommends giving elected officials of the occupied northern Cyprus regime observer status in the European Parliament. It calls for directs talks with Talat and calls for direct trade with the occupied north as a means to end Turkish-Cypriot "isolation".

    Cypriot Europarliament members are stirring up opposition to the report. Conservative MEP and former Cypriot foreign minister Yannakis Cassoulides said he intends to lobby the European Popular Party.

    Cypriot MEPs see this, like a similar effort they thwarted about two years ago, as an effort to upgrade the status of the occupation regime.

    The Cypriot government maintains that all Turkish-Cypriots are entitled to Republic of Cyprus passports, granting them the benefits of EU membership. The Republic of Cyprus has also extended free healthcare to Turkish-Cypriots regardless of means, a measure that has led to charges of discrimination by wealthier Greek-Cypriots who do not enjoy such benefits.

    http://www.athensnews.gr/athweb/nathens.prnt_article?e=C&f=13220&t=01&m=A10&aa=1
     
    Morpheus

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    Cyprus oil warning unheeded by TPAO
    Tuesday, January 30 2007

    Turk.Us Daily News


    The announcement that Greek Cypriots will start oil exploration over an area of 400 km with Lebanon prompted an angry reaction from Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

    The strongest worded note yet was sent to Lebanon earlier this week.

    A consultant to the Turkey National Gas and Oil Company (TPAO), Prof. Dr. Doًan Perinçek of اanakkale 19 May‎s University had cautioned Turkey regarding the oil fields surrounding Cyprus. “Oil reserves there could supply half of Turkey's oil needs,” Perinçek said in a report concerning these oil fields and submitted to TPAO one year ago.

    “Oil fields in Cyprus are extensions of فskenderun and Mersin bays. This zone stretches up to the Be‏parmak (Kyrenia) mountains. Previous drilling conducted in Adana had reached the ends of these reservoirs. One year ago, I recommended TPAO to focus its work on this zone. Furthermore, I also phoned the Navigational Hydrography and Oceanography Departments. I sent my report. Most probably, my report has been shelved,” says Perinçek.


    Lebanon being used as a screen

    Perinçek notes that big oil companies are aware of the oil reservoirs in the region, but abstain from moving in due to conflicts between Turkey and Greek Cyprus. “No big oil company will move in such a problematic region. Previously, a similar issue emerged between Bahrain and Qatar. For this reason, the Greek Cypriots are attempting to get a hold of these fields through deals with smaller and independent countries. To this end, Lebanon is being used as a screen country acceptable to the West. Accordingly, the consortium consists of the Greek Cypriots, Lebanon, Norway and the like. Big companies know they will be in trouble if they act on their own due to the problematic nature of this region,” he says.

    For Perinçek, the oil reservoirs to the north and northwest of Cyprus are large when compared to the reservoirs in the Aegean Sea, a hotbed of frequent continental shelf crises between Turkey and Greece. “Do not compare these reservoirs with those in the Aegean Sea, which are small in comparison.

    Turkey does not have oil reservoirs in the Eastern Black Sea or the Mediterranean larger then these. We must insistently focus our work on this zone. It has the potential to supply half of Turkey's oil needs,” he says. For Perinçek, confrontation between Turkey and Greek Cyprus will be sought under the cloak of these oil fields. He cautions the EU may use this issue to pressure Turkey into opening its airports and harbors to airplanes and vessels carrying the flags of Greek Cyprus.

    http://www.turks.us/article~story~20070130220822675.htm
     
    Morpheus

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    Past Process

    Cyprus and Lebanon discuss delineation of sea area
    05-03-02


    Cyprus and Lebanon discussed marking out exclusive economic zones in the eastern Mediterranean Sea in a first step toward tapping gas and oil deposits offshore Cyprus, officials said. Lebanese Electricity and Water Resources Minister Mohammad Abdel Hamid Baydoun and Cypriot Commerce Minister Nicos Rolandis met to discuss the joint exploration of oil and gas reserves.

    The east coast of the island of Cyprus lies only some 160 km (100 miles) northwest of the Lebanese coast. Rolandis said he hoped the two countries would sign an agreement within the next three months on exploiting submarine oil deposits.

    First there must be agreement delineating the two countries' exclusive economic zones. "These are very important talks because a large part of our sea area is close to Lebanon," Rolandis told. "Our aim is to discover which part of the sea borders our exclusion zone." Rolandis described their meeting as "positive".

    Cyprus is also in close talks with Egypt and Syria for joint cooperation in tapping lucrative energy resources beneath the east Mediterranean. Last August, Cyprus said it had evidence of large offshore gas and oil deposits and was in the process of delineating its continental shelf to ward off encroachment.

    Source: AFP
     
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    lebpx1

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    What a mess. is there any country in the area which lebanon is not at some mess with?
    why is lebanon openly supporting Cyprus and draws turkish Ire?
     
    Morpheus

    Morpheus

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    Siniora inks deal for Egypt to start gas exports to Lebanon by mid-2008
    By Lysandra Ohrstrom
    Daily Star staff
    Thursday, April 26, 2007


    BEIRUT: Egypt will begin exporting natural gas to Lebanon via Syria and Jordan through the Arab Gas Pipeline in mid-2008 - nearly a year later than the delivery date negotiated by resigned Energy Minister Mohammad Fneish last year - the prime minister's office said Wednesday.

    Government officials fault construction delays on the Damascus to Homs leg of the pipeline for the new terms of the bilateral contract signed in Cairo earlier this week. However, sources from the Syrian energy sector insist the pipeline is ready to begin importing gas to the Beddawi Power plant as early as this fall, reducing the national energy bill by $100 million annually.

    The new deadline is the latest in a long line of setbacks since Lebanon announced plans in 1996 to reduce its dependence on imported fuel-oil by converting some of the country's power plants to run on gas.

    "The pipeline from Damascus to Eastern Homs is complete, and is ready to start importing gas to Lebanon immediately," Syrian oil analyst Haythem Ghanem told The Daily Star in a phone interview.

    Though Lebanon is the only signatory of the 2003-Arab Gas Pipeline agreement - which includes Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and Syria - whose energy supply can be unilaterally interrupted without disrupting the flow to countries, he does not believe Damascus will use the pipeline as political leverage.

    "I was surprised that the Lebanese government signed this agreement with Egypt. First, these contracts are usually signed by technical people, not prime ministers," Ghanem said.

    "And it added nothing, because such an agreement has already been signed by all concerned parties. But Siniora needed to show an achievement from his Egypt trip."

    Though acting Energy Minister Mohammad Safadi signed the agreement with his Egyptian counterpart last Monday, one of Fneish's former advisers working with the United Nations Development Program office at the ministry said no one there had been alerted about the agreement or shown its contents.

    Beddawi will receive 0.6 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas by the end of the second quarter of 2008, at a confidential and yet-to-be determined price, said a senior infrastructure specialist from the premier's office, Wissam Zahabi, adding that the quantity will be increased to 1.2 billion bcm "at a later date."

    Lebanon has yet to negotiate a transit fee with Syria, which will determine both the price of the gas and the amount of money Lebanon will save on electricity production.

    Meanwhile, the Homs to Beddawi branch of the pipeline that was completed in 2004 remains unused and other agreements to diversify Lebanon's energy supplies - to purchase natural gas from Algeria and Qatar, for example - are on the backburner.

    A source close to Fneish said Lebanon cannot afford to delay gas deliveries until 2008.

    "Our pipeline has been done since 2004 so who knows how rusted or corroded it is now, and even a six-month delay will cost the government $50 million," the source said on condition of anonymity.
     
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    sandway

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    تؤكد شركة «بي. جي. اس.»، التي تولت عملية التنقيب عن النفط في لبنان، وجود ملايين الإشارات «النفطية» في المياه الإقليمية، ما يرفع نسبة احتمال وجود الكميات التجارية إلى 50 في المئة، وربما كان لبنان يمتلك مخزونات تصل إلى 8 مليارات برميل

    نظم المجلس الوطني للبحوث العلمية أمس ندوة بعنوان «الحملة البحرية للتنقيب عن المواد النفطية» لمناقشة تقنيات وآليات البحث «الثلاثي الأبعاد» الذي قامت به شركة «بي جي أس» النروجية المتعاقدة مع وزارة الطاقة والمياه لمدة 7 سنوات.
    افتتح الندوة رئيس المجلس الوطني للبحوث العلمية معين حمزة، وقد شدد في كلمته على «ضرورة إعداد الكوادر العلمية اللازمة لمواكبة عمليات التنقيب، لأن لبنان يعاني نقصاً في الخبراء، ولا سيما بعد تراجع حجم الموارد البشرية التي كانت تخرّجها الجامعة اللبنانية في هذا المجال».
    وأكد حمزة لـ«لأخبار» أن نسبة احتمال وجود النفط في لبنان تفوق الـ50 في المئة، وهذا ما تؤكده المؤشرات الإيجابية، ما يشكل مصدر ثروة طبيعية للبلاد ويدعم الاقتصاد اللبناني.
    جاذبية النفط
    وألقى مدير القسم الجيوفيزيائي في المجلس ألكسندر سرسق كلمة قال فيها «إن الدول المتطورة تكنولوجياً تعمل على مساعدة لبنان لترتيب موارده النفطية بإمكاناته التقنية المحدودة مادياً وعلمياً، وإن الموارد النفطية الموجودة في لبنان تجتذب شركات النفط بشكل واسع».
    وبحسب ما تقدم به مهندس «بي جي أس» المشرف على حملة التنقيب هلغ سمب، تم مسح 1528 كيلومتراً مربعاً، على عمق 1200 إلى 1500 متر، من من 16 كانون الثاني إلى 3 شباط 2007.
    و أجريت 203888 محاولة تنقيب، ورُصدت 2880 إشارة، وسجلت 590 مليون إشارة إلى وجود النفط. ولفت سمب إلى أن كل إشارة ترمز إلى نسبة معينة من كمية النفط الموجودة، لكن ذلك يحتاج إلى تكنولوجيا عالية ومكلفة لتصنيفها.
    كذلك تم مسح 700 كلم مربع، على عمق 1000ـــ1500 متر، من 4 إلى 13 آذار 2007. وبحسب الدراسة تم التوصل إلى وجود كميات من النفط في المياه الساحلية الشمالية اللبنانية الممتدة من البترون وصولاً إلى صيدا.
    كما تأكد وجود كميات من البترول في المنطقة الاقتصادية البحرية الواقعة بين لبنان وقبرص.
    وأشار سمب إلى عدم حدوث أي ضرر من الناحية البيئية والإنسانية والتقنية، بل على العكس تم التخلص من العديد من الشوائب.
    وأعلن هلغ سمب عن المؤتمر الـ 69 الذي سيعقد في لندن، بين 11و 14 حزيران 2007، حيث سيتم توجيه الشركات إلى المنطقة بعد الإعلان عن النتائج التفصيلية التي تم التوصل اليها. وفي تشرين الثاني 2007 ستتمكن الحكومة اللبنانية من التوصل إلى النتائج النهائية للحملة.
    وقال «تم الاتفاق مع الحكومة اللبنانية على تدريب الاختصاصيين في لبنان. فحتى الـ20 من الشهر الحالي تم إعداد اختصايَّين اثنين من المجلس الوطني للبحوث والإنماء».
    حق الاستغلال
    وقال المنسق العام ومستشار الشؤون الجيولوجية والتنموية لـ «بي جي أس» أورنولف لوريتزن، أن «لبنان سيكون بحاجة إلى كوادره قريباً».
    كما دعا لوريتزن الحكومة اللبنانية إلى إحكام سيطرتها على مواردها النفطية، فلا تعمد إلى إعطاء حق الاستغلال لسنوات طويلة، وعلى دفعة واحدة.
    وأكد أن الشركة «أنفقت أكثر من 30 مليون دولار أميركي، وبالتالي فهي متأكدة تماماً من وجود النفط في المياه اللبنانية، ولو لم يتم التوصل إلى ذلك لما أنفقنا سنتاً واحداً».
    وطالب لوريتزن بضرورة سن القانون الذي ينظم آلية المحافظة على الموارد النفطية، وحسن سلامة إدارتها».
    وتوجه النائب غازي يوسف إلى الشركة، داعياً إلى الاهتمام بالموارد البشرية اللبنانية. وعزا عدم سن القانون إلى الأزمة السياسية الراهنة، وأمل في التوصل إلى أرقام تفوق 8 مليارات برميل، بحسب ما أشارت الدراسات السابقة.

    Source: www.al-akhbar.com
     
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    Dry Ice

    Dry Ice

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    PGS in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Water are pleased to announce that they have signed an agreement on multi-client MC3D seismic for offshore Lebanon.

    Phase 1 acquisition involved approximately 2900 sq km of MC3D seismic data acquired in the 4th Quarter 2006 and 1st Quarter 2007. The acquisition area is divided into two surveys; One N-S survey covering the Levant Basin (1550 sq km) and one E-W survey (1350 sq km). Half of the E-W survey is in offshore Cyprus and covers about 700 sq km.

    The datasets are available and lie within water depths of 1500m. Phase 1 will form the basis for a future licensing round to the industry in 2008.

    http://www.pgs.com/Data_Library/North_Africa___Middle_East/Offshore_Lebanon_MC3D_Phase_I/
     
    Dry Ice

    Dry Ice

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    Worldwide Energy News - Article

    This article is extracted from International Oil Letter, Vol 23 issue 47, published 26 November 2007.


    Lebanon delays bid round again

    Hopes that the Lebanese Government will made an announcement regarding the opening of its license round during the AAPG conference in Athens have been dashed by the ongoing political difficulties in the country. Lebanon had hoped to begin the marketing of offshore acreage back in early 2004 when Schlumberger signed a Strategic Alliance Agreement to display blocks once they had been delineated and to take responsibility for the bidding process. However, negotiations broke down in late 2004 following a change of personnel in the Ministry of Energy and Water. At the beginning of May 2006, contracts were signed with Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (PGS) to carry out a multi-client offshore 3D seismic survey along the Lebanese coast over the Levant Basin, as a precursor for a bid round planned for 2007. To date some 2,300 sq km of data has been acquired in two parts; one survey of 1,000 sq km over the Levantine Basin and one of 1,300 sq km to the north of the Levantine Basin, close to the Latikia Basin. Latest estimates suggest the round will be launched in third quarter 2008. Regarding the political situation President Emile Lahoud's term ended on 23 November 2007 and parliament has so far failed to elect a successor. With opposing pro and anti-Syrian factions deadlocked, many see this as generating the worst internal political crisis in Lebanon since its 1975-90 civil war. There are fears that the government could split into rival administrations if a candidate cannot be agreed. Under Lebanon's power-sharing system, the president must be a Maronite Christian.
     
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    المركزية
    15/01/2009

    كشف وزير الطاقة والمياه ألان طابوريان ان الوزارة تعد حاليا مسودة مشروع قانون التنقيب عن النفط في لبنان، بالتعاون مع وفد ناروجي على ان يُرفع في غضون شهرين او ثلاثة الى مجلس الوزراء الذي سيحيله بدوره على مجلس النواب للموافقة عليه

    وعن آلية العمل، قال طابوريان في حديث إلى "المركزية": بعد موافقة مجلس النواب على المشروع، سيتم تحديد منطقة في البحر تقسم الى مواقع عدة، ويحدد في حينه الموقع الذي سيباشر العمل فيه، يليه اجراء مناقصة يتم في خلالها اختيار الشركات التي ستعمل على المشروع بحيث يتم اختيار شركة لكل موقع، والتي في حال وجدت البترول يتم التعاون معها

    وأكد انه "لا يمكن الجزم بوجود البترول قبل البدء بأعمال التنقيب، إلا ان بعض المؤشرات تدل على إمكان وجوده على عمق 4000 متر من البحر"، لافتا الى ان الكمية المتوقعة قد تكفي حاجة لبنان وقد تكون اكثر، فيصار عندها الى تصديرها وبيعها

    واشار الى ان وجود البترول في البحر غير محصور بمنطقة واحدة، "فالدراسات ساهمت في تحديد بعض الاماكن التي قد يتوفر فيها البترول بكمية اكبر، مما يجذب شركات التنقيب، موضحا ان على وزارة الطاقة وضع استراتيجية حول تراتبية المناطق التي سيتم التنقيب فيها، إلا ان الأجدى حاليا اعداد القانون لأن الشركات لن تهتم بالتنقيب عن النفط في حال لم تتوضح القاعدة التي سيعملون على اساسها

    الوفد الناروجي: وعن تعاون الوزارة في هذا الاطار مع الوفد الناروجي، اوضح طابوريان ان للوفد خبرة عالية في هذا المجال وخصوصا في التنقيب في البحر، لافتا الى ان طريقة تعاطيهم مع شركات التنقيب والنفط تلائم الدولة بحيث تزيد من حصتها وتؤمّن لها كمية اكبر، وهذا من احد اهم اهداف القانون الذي يرمي الى حماية مصلحة الدولة

    ولفت الى ان فريقا من الوزارة تلقى دورات تدريبية في الناروج حول تقنيات العمل في هذا المجال، وهو يتعاون اليوم مع الوفد الناروجي الذي يضم مجموعة من الخبراء، على وضع قانون التنقيب عن النفط

    واوضح ان "القانون سيسمح للشركات بالتنقيب عن النفط في مهلة اقصاها 5 اعوام، وفي حال وجدوه سيسمح لهم بالإستثمار في هذه المنطقة مدة 30 عاماً كحدّ أقصى، في حال أرادوا ذلك، وهذه المدة قد تتغيّر بحسب الكميات

    وعما إذا كان سيترتب على الدولة تسديد أي مبلغ مالي في هذا المشروع، قال: سيكون لها حصة من النفط لأنه ملك عام وفي هذه الحال لن تتكلّف شيئا، أما في حال ارادت ان تكون شريكا في المشروع فسيتوجب عليها المشاركة في التمويل

    الحدود المائية: وعن رسم الحدود المائية مع قبرص، كشف طابوريان انه تم الاتفاق مع قبرص على ترسيمها، "وسيحال الاتفاق على مجلس النواب ليصار الى تسجيله لاحقا في الامم المتحدة، وهذه الخطوة تصبح مهمة عند الوصول بالتنقيب الى المناطق الواقعة على الحدود بين البلدين التي لن يبدأ العمل فيها راهناً

     
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    قانون التنقيب عن النفط يجهــــز في غضـــون شهرين او ثلاثة

    طابوريان: بعض المؤشرات تؤكد وجوده على عمق 4000 متر من البحر


    المركزية
    15/01/2009

    كشف وزير الطاقة والمياه ألان طابوريان ان الوزارة تعد حاليا مسودة مشروع قانون التنقيب عن النفط في لبنان، بالتعاون مع وفد ناروجي على ان يُرفع في غضون شهرين او ثلاثة الى مجلس الوزراء الذي سيحيله بدوره على مجلس النواب للموافقة عليه

    وعن آلية العمل، قال طابوريان في حديث إلى "المركزية": بعد موافقة مجلس النواب على المشروع، سيتم تحديد منطقة في البحر تقسم الى مواقع عدة، ويحدد في حينه الموقع الذي سيباشر العمل فيه، يليه اجراء مناقصة يتم في خلالها اختيار الشركات التي ستعمل على المشروع بحيث يتم اختيار شركة لكل موقع، والتي في حال وجدت البترول يتم التعاون معها

    وأكد انه "لا يمكن الجزم بوجود البترول قبل البدء بأعمال التنقيب، إلا ان بعض المؤشرات تدل على إمكان وجوده على عمق 4000 متر من البحر"، لافتا الى ان الكمية المتوقعة قد تكفي حاجة لبنان وقد تكون اكثر، فيصار عندها الى تصديرها وبيعها

    واشار الى ان وجود البترول في البحر غير محصور بمنطقة واحدة، "فالدراسات ساهمت في تحديد بعض الاماكن التي قد يتوفر فيها البترول بكمية اكبر، مما يجذب شركات التنقيب، موضحا ان على وزارة الطاقة وضع استراتيجية حول تراتبية المناطق التي سيتم التنقيب فيها، إلا ان الأجدى حاليا اعداد القانون لأن الشركات لن تهتم بالتنقيب عن النفط في حال لم تتوضح القاعدة التي سيعملون على اساسها

    الوفد الناروجي: وعن تعاون الوزارة في هذا الاطار مع الوفد الناروجي، اوضح طابوريان ان للوفد خبرة عالية في هذا المجال وخصوصا في التنقيب في البحر، لافتا الى ان طريقة تعاطيهم مع شركات التنقيب والنفط تلائم الدولة بحيث تزيد من حصتها وتؤمّن لها كمية اكبر، وهذا من احد اهم اهداف القانون الذي يرمي الى حماية مصلحة الدولة

    ولفت الى ان فريقا من الوزارة تلقى دورات تدريبية في الناروج حول تقنيات العمل في هذا المجال، وهو يتعاون اليوم مع الوفد الناروجي الذي يضم مجموعة من الخبراء، على وضع قانون التنقيب عن النفط

    واوضح ان "القانون سيسمح للشركات بالتنقيب عن النفط في مهلة اقصاها 5 اعوام، وفي حال وجدوه سيسمح لهم بالإستثمار في هذه المنطقة مدة 30 عاماً كحدّ أقصى، في حال أرادوا ذلك، وهذه المدة قد تتغيّر بحسب الكميات

    وعما إذا كان سيترتب على الدولة تسديد أي مبلغ مالي في هذا المشروع، قال: سيكون لها حصة من النفط لأنه ملك عام وفي هذه الحال لن تتكلّف شيئا، أما في حال ارادت ان تكون شريكا في المشروع فسيتوجب عليها المشاركة في التمويل

    الحدود المائية: وعن رسم الحدود المائية مع قبرص، كشف طابوريان انه تم الاتفاق مع قبرص على ترسيمها، "وسيحال الاتفاق على مجلس النواب ليصار الى تسجيله لاحقا في الامم المتحدة، وهذه الخطوة تصبح مهمة عند الوصول بالتنقيب الى المناطق الواقعة على الحدود بين البلدين التي لن يبدأ العمل فيها راهناً

    Watani,

    May I know what this article is all about?

    Your help would truly be appreciated.

    Kind Regards,

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    Pray they don't find anything. We don't need to become another Angola, Nigeria, or Venezuela.
     
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    Watani,

    May I know what this article is all about?

    Your help would truly be appreciated.

    Kind Regards,

    Ali Arz

    "Law of the exploration of oil will be processed within two or three months" Taburian: Some indicators confirm his presence at a depth of 4000 meters from the sea


    Minister of Energy and Water Alain Taburian deplore that the ministry is currently preparing a draft law on oil exploration in Lebanon, in cooperation with Narouje delegation and would be transmit in two or three months to the Council of Ministers, which in turn will transmit to the House of Representatives for approval.

    About the mechanism of action, Taburian said in an interview to the "central": After the House passed on the project, we will divided the sea area into several sites and, in time, the site will work, followed by an auction after which the companies will be selected to start its work, They will be selected for each location, and if oil is found to cooperate with it.

    He stressed that he "could not confirm the existence of the oil prior to the commencement of exploration work, but some signs point to the possibility of his presence at a depth of 4000 meters from the sea", pointing out that the projected amount will be sufficient for Lebanon and may be more, then we will export and sale.

    He noted that the presence of oil in the sea, however, is limited to one region, but "Studies have helped us identify some of the areas where there has been the largest quantity of oil, which attracts exploration companies, pointing out that the Energy Department to develop a strategy on the hierarchy of the areas to be explored, but currently the most effective is preparing the law because companies wouldn't be interested in prospecting for oil in the event we had not clarified the rule that will work on this basis.

    The delegation Narouje: About the Ministry Cooperation with the delegation Narouje, Taburian said that the delegation is of high-level expertise in this area, especially in exploration in the sea, pointing out that the way in their dealings with mining and oil companies fit the state to increase the share and provide it with the largest amount, and this is One of the main objectives of the law, which aims to protect the interest of the State.

    He pointed out that a team from the ministry received the training courses in Narouj on how to use the proper techniques in this area, and is now cooperating with the Narouje delegation which comprises a group of experts, to develop the law of oil exploration.

    He explained that "the law will allow companies to prospecting for oil in a maximum of 5 years, and if found will be allowed to invest in this region for 30 years maximum, if they so wish, and this time may change depending on the quantities."

    And whether the state would pay any sum of money in this project, he said: it would have a share of the oil that is common property and in this case would not cost anything, but if it wants to be a partner in the project then it will have to participate in funding.

    Border water: Taburian revealed that an agreement was reached about the demarcation of water with Cyprus, "the agreement will be submitted to the House of Representatives to be recorded later in the United Nations, and this becomes an important step in the exploration access to the areas on the border

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    Pray they don't find anything. We don't need to become another Angola, Nigeria, or Venezuela.
    and why not find maybe 40-50 thousand barrel a day
    that would be nice and will save us a few bucks, even with the corruption LOL
    at least we will be needing the other nations a bit less.
    we are not going to be a huge net exporter , so do no worry our production if we ever find in commercial quantity will be for local consumption.
    this way maybe we fix our refinery ( get some jobs back) and make sure our gas and fuel prices are reasonable.

    also, we stop begging these sicko egyptians to give us the gas they promised us since , to power our electricity generators...
    walla mabsouteen bel blackmail from egypt..
    also I WOULD LOVE TO SEE TABOURIAN OR A MOU3ARADA IN OPEC IN THE FUTURE, HARASSING THESE gulf oil rich but no substance leaders LOLLLLLL
     
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