Lebanon: TotalEnergies launches exploration activities on Block 9
TotalEnergies EP Block 9 – Lebanon Branch launched in August the drilling of an exploration well in Block 9 offshore Lebanon after the finalization of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for its exploration campaign, in accordance with Decree No.8633/2012.
As a result of the 1st offshore licensing round that took place in 2017, TotalEnergies has signed two Exploration and Production Agreements (EPAs) for Blocks 4 and 9, with the Lebanese Republic. Both Blocks are in water depths ranging from 1,400 to 1,800 meters knowing that Block 9 is in the southern part of Lebanese waters, while Block 4 is central.
On 29 January 2023, a ceremony was held at the Grand Sérail in Beirut, announcing that QatarEnergy joined TotalEnergies and Eni in Blocks 9 and 4 offshore Lebanon. Currently the Right Holders in Block 9 are as follows:
Want to know more about the logistics base that has been established at the Port of Beirut to support the drilling operations in Block 9? Watch the movie!
In line with TotalEnergies commitment towards sustainable development, a second Environmental Baseline Survey (EBS) was carried out in Block 9 offshore Lebanon in February 2023, following the initial study concluded in 2019. To know more, watch the movie.
TotalEnergies and Eni have completed the transfer to QatarEnergy of a 30% interest in exploration Blocks 4 and 9 off the coast of Lebanon.
In line with our sustainable development objectives, TotalEnergies EP Liban and its partners, in collaboration with the Lebanese Petroleum Administration, are proud to publish the results of the Environmental Baseline Survey (EBS) conducted in Blocks 4 and 9 Offshore Lebanon.
This survey was launched in 2019, through a campaign for the sampling of water and marine sediments at water depth reaching 1,500 meters.
This study establishes the environmental status of the two Blocks, by describing the marine fauna and flora in terms of biodiversity, by analyzing the water and sediment samples collected, and by observing the birds’ diversity.
This is the first study conducted in Lebanese waters at such great depths.
We hope you will enjoy reading the EBS report and discovering its findings!
The drilling aimed at evaluating the possible presence of hydrocarbons and was carried by a dynamically positioned drillship, unanchored to the sea bottom. It was completed to a depth of 4,076 meters and through approximately 1,500 meters of water depth. The drilling activity took place 30 km North of Beirut.
An exploration well verifies the presence of hydrocarbons through other information such as pressure, temperature, permeability, composition of the geological layers and nature of the fluid within the rocks.