The offshore platform supply vessel Lundstrom Tide has docked in the port of Beirut, ahead of the start of the drilling of Lebanon’s first offshore well.
The vessel will support a drilling operation in the Total-operated Block 4, in the Mediterranean Sea. The vessel, arriving from Cyprus, is the biggest in its category with a total length of 88 meters and a clear deck area of 1000 m2. Two similar support vessels are expected to arrive during the next two weeks.
The drilling start is expected during February by the arrival of the drillship to be used for the Byblos-1 well. The drillship in question is the Tungsten Explorer offshore drilling unit, owned by Vantage Drilling. Total’s Block 4 is thought to be highly prone to gas.
Total, together with partners Eni and Novatek, won the rights to the Block 4 and Block 9 offshore Lebanon as part of the first offshore bidding round in 2017.
The owner and operator of the vessel is Houston-based Tidewater Inc. an American company with decades of experience in serving the worldwide offshore industry.
On the same day, Prime Minister Hassan Diab held a meeting with a delegation from the French oil and gas company Total. Representatives of Total discussed the company’s work in Lebanon. The works were set to start at the end of 2019 but has been delayed because the drilling ship while drilling in Egypt experienced technical complications in the well formation.
The Prime Minister also met with the head of the Lebanese Petroleum Administration Walid Nasr, and discussed the work of the administration to implement the oil and gas exploration plan as well as the updates on the second licencing round.