Lebanon

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BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PROJECT

After initial contacts in October-November 2006, the project started with an OfD fact-finding mission to Lebanon in December 2006. A short-term cooperation programme for training, petroleum policy and legal framework was initiated, coordinated by Petrad.

In a letter to the Norwegian Prime Minister in 2007, Lebanon’s Prime Minister confirmed strong interest in a formal cooperation in the establishment of a Lebanese Petroleum sector. A Lebanese delegation visited Norway in February 2007, followed by a comprehensive petroleum seminar in Beirut in March 2007. A three year programme was agreed, and close cooperation was developed between a Lebanese task force and the Norwegian project team.

However, an unsettled political situation in Lebanon slowed the progress of the project in 2007 and 2008. The project has now been extended to the end of 2011.

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ACTIVITIES IN 2010

Completion of the Petroleum Law was the main activity in 2010. Once the Law was passed by Parliament in August, preparations started for Regulations as well as the preparation of the official English version of the Petroleum Law.

Several workshops and seminars were conducted during the year in Beirut, Oslo and Stavanger.

Planning for support to a Strategic Environmental Assessment took place, in anticipation of a start-up of the study in 2011 – prior to a potential first licensing round in early 2012.

 

 

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2010

The Petroleum Law was passed in the National Assembly. An official version of the Law in the English language was completed.


06.07.2011