Preliminary results of the drilling prove the presence of gas at different depths in “Block 4”


Lebanon entered the path of exploration in marine waters in Raqqa 4 and 9 beginning of the year 2018. According to the exploration and production agreements returning to these two areas, the first exploration period extends three years and ends in May 2021, as the companies with oil rights have to drill one exploration well in each part of Vamps 4 and 9 during this period. On 12/12/2019, the Ministry of Energy issued, on the recommendation of the Petroleum Sector Management Authority, a permit to drill an exploratory well in Block No. 4, which includes determining the location of the geological target that was targeted at drilling at a depth of 4076 meters from the sea surface.

After the start of the first exploratory well drilling activities on April 26 this year, the depth of drilling at the well site reached 4076 m from the surface of the sea in accordance with the commitment made by the operator, to be closed within the next two weeks in a safe manner according to the Lebanese laws and laws in force. To view the preliminary results resulting from exploration of the well in exploration area 4, the Minister of Energy and Water Raymond Ghajar held a press conference, in which he announced that the initial results of the drilling “proved the presence of gas at various depths within the geological layers that the well penetrated in the geological region bordering the Lebanese coast (Basin margin area) This makes the region a promising geological region. As a result of the presence of gas in this well, the existence of the basic elements of a geo-petroleum system in the Lebanese Sea was verified, but the existence of a gas reservoir was not verified. The first exploration well achieved one of the primary objectives set for Here is the confirmation of the nature of the geological layers and the similarities and differences between them and what is in the Levantine Basin, which enhances our understanding of the geological reality of part of the Lebanese Sea. As for the geological and petrophysical data and data obtained from this well, it is considered a wealth of information that will contribute In enhancing the chances of a commercial discovery in the multiple locations identified in area 4 by the Ministry of Energy and the Authority and more than 60 specific sites along the Lebanese Sea. The well dug well is at least 100 km away from the nearest other exploration well in the Levantine Basin of the Mediterranean, and therefore, this well is very valuable for understanding a new geological area that has not been previously excavated. The drilling activities resulted in obtaining samples that will be analyzed by Total and the authority in preparation for the modernization of the geological – petroleum system of the region. The excavation work was carried out in waters with a depth of 1500 m and a layer of salt rock with a thickness of 1000 m was penetrated before reaching the promising layers. “It is worth noting that the presence of this layer of salt complicates the work of analyzing and understanding seismic surveys.

As for Block No. 9, the data collected from the first well in Block No. 4 contribute to improving the analysis processes accompanying exploration work in Block 9 and in determining the best possible geological target to be targeted in excavation work.


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