QatarEnergy 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 Sunday, 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, QatarEnergy said Sunday.
The agreements were signed by HE the Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad bin Sherida al-Kaabi, also the President and CEO of QatarEnergy; Dr Walid Fayad, the Minister of Energy and Water of Lebanon; Patrick Pouyanne, chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies, and Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Eni.
Commenting on the signing of these agreements, HE 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, Qatar will always be there in support of a better future for Lebanon and its people.”
Al-Kaabi thanked the government of Lebanon and the Ministry of Energy and Water for their support saying: “I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to the Government of Lebanon represented by 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 co-operation that led to this milestone.”
“I want to thank our partners Mr Patrick Pouyanne 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 co-operation, 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 1,749sq km and lies about 80km off the coast of southern Lebanon in water depths of approximately 1,700m, while block 4 has a total area of 1,911sq km and is located in water depths of about 1,500m.

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