Total comes up dry on Block 4, offshore Lebanon

April 29, 2020

Total E&P Liban SAL failed to encounter hydrocarbons in the Byblos 16/1 exploration well, Block 4, Lebanon.

The well—drilled 30 km offshore Beirut to 4,076 m on Apr. 26 in 1,500 m of water—penetrated the Oligo-Miocene target section. Trace gas confirmed presence of hydrocarbons, but the target Tamar formation was not encountered. Based on data acquired, studies will be conducted to understand the results and further evaluate exploration potential of the Total-operated JV blocks and for offshore Lebanon.

Total is operator of Block 4 with 40% interest (OGJ Online, Feb. 9, 2018). Partners are ENI (40%) and Novatek (20%).