Under the High Patronage of His Excellency
The President of the Lebanese Republic
General Michel AOUN

SPE Workshop: Lebanon Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration and Development 14 - 15 Mar 2018 Movenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut, Lebanon

About this Workshop

Interpretation of seismic data covering the entire Lebanese offshore has shown a great potential. On 21 January 2017, the Lebanese Council of Ministers approved two decrees needed for the completion of the first licensing round for Lebanon. The first decree divided the Lebanese Exclusive Economic Zone into ten blocks. The second decree presented the Tender Protocol that defines the conditions for participating in the bid round, the criteria used in the bids evaluation, and the model Exploration and Production Agreement that will be signed between the State and the winning consortia. Furthermore, the required petroleum tax law was signed by the Lebanese Council of Ministers on 19 September 2017.

Shortly after the approval of the decrees, a first licensing round started and five out of the ten offshore blocks were open for bidding. Prequalified companies, after two prequalification rounds, were invited to submit their bids on the open blocks. Eventually, the Lebanese Petroleum Administration received two bids presented by the consortium Total-ENI-Novatek for blocks 4 and 9. The evaluation of the bids and the signature of the EPAs will follow on 15 November 2017. 



  • Technology and Service Providers 
  • Petro-Technical experts and managers involved in exploration and development in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Geophysicists, Geologists and Engineers

Workshop Guidelines


Two (2) days of informal discussions prompted by selected keynote presentations and discussions. Workshops maximise the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices. The majority of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements, and lessons learnt. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and the press is not invited to attend.


In keeping with workshop objectives and the SPE mission, commercialism in posters or presentations will not be permitted. Company logos must be limited to the title slide and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and others involved in the work.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting to their participation in the workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The Steering Committee will appoint a “scribe” to record the discussions and to produce the full workshop report for SPE.
  • This report will be circulated to all attendees as the workshop deliverable within 4–6 weeks following the workshop. The copyright of the report is with SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop. Provision of the materials by the speakers will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


  • Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.
  • Work in progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought.
  • Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten view graphs are entirely acceptable.
  • Note-taking by participants is encouraged.

Continuing Education Units

Attendees at this workshop qualify for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop.


Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Steering Committee encourages attendance from those who can contribute to the workshop most effectively either in discussions or with posters. A mix of attendees in terms of geographic origin, companies, and disciplines will be encouraged.