BEIRUT: The first phase of an onshore oil and gas survey started Tuesday in the Batroun region amid expectations that Lebanon may be sitting on considerable gas wealth in some areas.
The British-based company Spectrum brought advanced mobile equipment to Batroun to explore the prospects of oil and gas in this area.
A spokesman for the company told The Daily Star that the first phase of the onshore oil and gas survey will continue until November.
He added that the second phase will begin after the winter season, when rainfalls stop in Lebanon.
Experts believe that Lebanon may have substantial oil and gas wealth buried deep in some lands, adding that the country's geological structure is similar to Syria which has oil on its territories.
Forty-six international companies have submitted offers to drill for gas and oil off the Lebanese coast, but the delay in approving two important decrees has derailed efforts to draw the final list of companies that would start actual exploration.