TotalEnergies is geared up to commence exploration drilling in Block 9, offshore Lebanon, according to Patrick Pouyanné, chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies
Pouyanné received His Excellency Walid Fayad, Minister of Energy & Water of Lebanon, at the company's headquarters, where they discussed the development of TotalEnergies' activities in Lebanon. During the meeting, Patrick Pouyanné confirmed that the teams in charge of drilling operations on Block 9 were now mobilised.
To date, in addition to the operations manager, more than 10 people are involved in the preparation of the well. By the end of March, the team mobilised in Beirut will reach more than 20 employees. The call for tenders to secure the drilling rig has been launched and should lead to a selection of the rig in the first quarter of 2023. Pre-orders have also been placed with suppliers for equipment required for the well. In parallel, offshore resources are being prepared to contribute to the environmental studies which will be finalised by the end of June 2023.
All those TotalEnergies teams are working in collaboration with LPA to prepare the well in order to achieve the objective of TotalEnergies and its partner, ENI, to complete the drilling as soon as possible in 2023.