TotalEnergies SE will explore Block 9 offshore Lebanon with a well expected to spud in 2023.
Call for tenders to secure the drilling rig has been launched with selection expected in first-quarter 2023. Pre-orders have been placed with suppliers for required equipment. In parallel, offshore resources are being mobilized to contribute to environmental studies which will be finalized by the end of June 2023, the company said.
The decision to move ahead with drilling comes after a maritime boundary decision was reached between Israel and Lebanon on Oct. 27, 2022 (OGJ Online, Nov. 15, 2022).
TotalEnergies is operator of Block 9 (60%) with partner ENI SPA (40%).