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July 14 2013

Instability scaring off some oil, gas bidders | Business , Lebanon | THE DAILY STAR

Instability scaring off some oil, gas bidders | Business , Lebanon | THE DAILY STAR
http://dailystar.com.lb/Business/Lebanon/2013/Jul-12/223377-instability-scaring-off-some-oil-gas-bidders.ashx#axzz2YvdyMHJI

L’article expose aussi le point de vue de Mohammad Kabani, député du 14 mars, qui presse pour une exploitation rapide des hydrocarbures situés près de la frontière maritime, craignant une mainmise isréalienne sur ces ressources

Head of Lebanon’s energy parliamentary committee MP Mohammad Qabbani said Thursday that Lebanon had four months to come up with a plan to safeguard its oil and gas wealth.

“Lebanon should start drilling from the south of our exclusive economic zone in the first licensing round to guarantee our rights. ... The priority should be given to the border blocks 8, 9, and 10 which are in close proximity to Karish,” the MP told a news conference.

He also called for the establishment of a national oil and gas company, adding that a draft law would be prepared in this regard.

Bashir Bassatne, manager of BB Energy, echoed Qabbani’s call to start awarding contracts for blocks in the EEZ’s southern region. He added that reservoirs in the area were most likely to stretch across the borders not only with Israel but also with Cyprus.

“In the absence of an agreement to divide natural resources, an unlikely outcome [given Lebanon and Israel’s state of war], it will be a race over who exploits the wealth first,” he said.

#Liban
#Israël
#hydrocarbures
#énergie
#pétrole
#gaz_naturel
#frontière_maritime

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