(The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Earlier this year, Lebanon signed its first offshore oil and gas exploration and production agreement for two of Lebanon's 10 offshore blocks with a consortium of France's Total, Italy's Eni and Russia's Novatek, with drilling expected to start in 2019 . Walid Nasr, chairman of the board of directors and head of the strategic planning department at the Lebanese Petroleum Administration spoke Tuesday at the International Oil and Gas Summit held in Beirut on what to expect and what is being done until that happens. LPA also plans to start serious cooperation with other countries in the region.As the country embarks on its first exploration experience, the presence of an oil and gas strategy is almost nonexistent. The plan also includes a yearly program for training public personnel in the oil and gas sector so that all the institutions in Lebanon have the required capacity to implement their mandate.
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