From left to right: LPA head Walid Nasr, Abi Khalil and Managing Director of Total Liban Philippe Amblard, speak to reporters, May 29, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)
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The first phase of exploration in Lebanon's potential offshore oil reserves was set to start Tuesday, caretaker Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil said during a news conference.The caretaker energy minister said that the first phase of exploration would begin Tuesday in maritime blocks 4 and 9 .Lebanon signed its first offshore oil and gas exploration and production agreement for two of Lebanon's 10 offshore blocks on February 9, 2018, with a consortium of the three companies.In Block 9 itself, 145 to 148 sq. km are disputed, out of its 1,700 total sq.
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