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8 to 11 December 2015

TRAINING ON STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT (SEA) AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT (EIA) FOR THE OIL AND GAS SECTOR, LEBANON
The Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA), in partnership with the Norwegian Oil for Development Programme (OfD) organized a four-day training workshop entitled “Training on Strategic Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment for the oil and gas sector, Lebanon” from the 8th to the 11th of December 2015 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Beirut. The training was delivered by the Norwegian Environment Agency, the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, as well as the Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment. The training targeted public officers at governmental organizations including the ministries of: Environment (MoE), Labor (MoL), Industry (MoI) as well as Energy and Water (MoEW) in addition to local environmental consultancies and team members of the Lebanese Petroleum Administration. It aimed to build capacities on managing the environmental as well as social and economic impacts of the oil and gas sector focusing on both environmental impact assessment (EIA) and strategic environmental assessment (SEA) studies. The training detailed the need, purpose, and timing of such studies throughout the value chain of oil and gas stages while providing hands-on exercises on the development and review processes in addition to lessons learnt from worldwide case studies. The training was instrumental in strengthening the capacities of attendees on the development as well as review processes of impact assessment studies towards a more sustainable management of the environmental, social as well as economic impacts associated with the different stages of the oil and gas sector.

10 December 2015

LPA MEETS WITH THE MARONITE LEAGUE’S ECONOMIC COMMITTEE
The LPA is continuously and actively working to promote and advocate the prospective Lebanese oil and gas sector. In this context, Mr. Walid Nasr - Head of the Strategic Planning Department, along with Me. Gaby Daaboul - Head of the Legal Affairs Department, met on the 10th of December 2015 with the Maronite League’s Economic Committee to uphold the understanding pertinent to the nascent industry. Nasr and Daaboul presented an overview of the prospective Lebanese oil and gas sector, including the probable and positive economic impacts that this sector could bring to Lebanon.

4 December 2015

LPA’S NEW PRESIDENT HANDOVER CEREMONY
The handover ceremony of LPA’s presidency was held on the 4th of December 2015, between the outgoing President, Me. Gaby Daaboul, and Mr. Wissam Zahabi who took office as of today. The ceremony took place in the presence of His Excellency the Minister of Energy and Water Arthur Nazarian. In line with the rotation principle, which is set forth in the Decree that appoints the members of the Board of Directors, Mr. Zahabi will assume the presidency of the LPA’s Board of Directors for a period of one year. H.E. Minister Nazarian congratulated Mr. Zahabi on assuming the presidency of the Board of Directors and wished him success in his new mission. The Minister took this opportunity to call on the Council of Ministers to approve the two pending decrees in order to resume the first licensing round offshore Lebanon. In addition, the Minister addressed the Cabinet to approve the draft taxation law related to petroleum activities. Furthermore, Minister Nazarian warned about the threat that the Israeli enemy constitutes on the prospective Lebanese petroleum resources southern the Lebanese Exclusive Economic Zone, which is by the occupied Palestinian territories borders . On his side, the outgoing President Me. Gaby Daaboul thanked H.E. the Minister of Energy and Water on the efforts he made along with the LPA, including the continuous collaboration between the Ministry and the Petroleum Administration. Finally, the new President Mr. Wissam Zahabi stressed that he will exert all the required efforts during his term to ensure that the first licensing round is resumed and completed. In this regard, Zahabi also emphasized on the necessity to approve the two pending decrees, in addition to approving the petroleum activities draft taxation law. The new President of the Board of Directors concluded by saying that he will work to finalize the LPA’s institutional structuring process, in-line with best international practices.

21 November 2015

OPES – FEB CONFERENCE: ‘LEBANESE OIL AND GAS SECTOR: PROSPECTS OF THE LOCAL ECONOMIC CONTEXT’
In line with the participatory approach that the LPA adopts with different stakeholders, the LPA took active participation in a conference entitled ‘Lebanese Oil and Gas Sector: Prospects of the Local Economic Context’, which was organized by the Organization for Petroleum and Energy Sustainability (OPES) – Lebanon, in collaboration with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) on the 21st of November 2015. The goal of the conference was to raise awareness and understanding among the general public and share expertise related to the nascent Lebanese oil and gas sector. The conference addressed three main topics related to the recent developments of the prospective oil and gas industry in Lebanon: revenue management, the legal framework and the role of academia in shaping the petroleum sector. The LPA gave two presentations that tackled revenue management in the first panel, and the Lebanese legal framework governing the prospective oil and gas sector in the second panel. The objective of the first panel was to shed light on the characteristics of the Lebanese fiscal model in place and on the mechanisms of managing the financial revenues stemming from the prospective oil and gas activities. The second panel focused on the current status of Lebanese laws and regulations, on the challenges policy makers face, and on other laws indirectly related to the oil and gas sector such as labour, transportation and aviation laws to name a few. The conference brought together a number of experts including policy makers, researchers , public administration officials, academics, NGOs, private sector representatives and other relevant stakeholders.

5 November 2015

OIL FOR DEVELOPMENT (OFD) PROGRAMME: H.E. LIND AND H.E NAZARIAN ATTEND THE SCENARIO PLANNING EXERCISE TECHNICAL WORKING PROGRAMME
As part of the Oil for Development (OfD) Programme, the LPA is undertaking a scenario planning exercise that would help explore the probable developments of the oil and gas sector in Lebanon so to tailor accordingly robust strategies that are most likely to stand, despite the uncertainty of the future unfolding. The purpose of the scenario planning exercise is to optimize the use of the prospective hydrocarbon resources and to assist in attaining high local development and growth through informed decision making. In this context the Norwegian Ambassador to Lebanon H.E. Lene Lind, along with the Lebanese Minister of Energy and Water H.E. Arthur Nazarian, attended today at the LPA offices a session tackling the technical working programme of the scenario planning exercise, which was delivered by the LPA. During the session, the LPA presented the achievements pertinent to the scenario planning exercise including the likely developments of the prospective Lebanese oil and gas sector. To copy Ambassador Lind’s words: “we are very impressed by the performance of the Lebanese Petroleum Administration and proud to partner with Lebanon on the Oil for Development Programme, currently operating in 12 countries worldwide.” Lind added: “we heard excellent briefings on possible scenarios for the development of a future oil and gas sector in Lebanon by members of the LPA and a visiting team from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.”

30 October 2015

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: GOVERNANCE AND TRANSPARENCY IN THE OIL AND GAS SECTOR
In line with the participatory approach that the LPA adopts with stakeholders, the LPA co-organised a round table discussion with the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) to address questions related to governance and transparency in the oil and gas sector. The roundtable took place on October 30, 2015 and brought together a number of participants representing governmental institutions, businesses, local NGOs, international organisations and two renown international energy experts.

More specifically, the roundtable was divided into two sessions. The first session touched on different governance frameworks pertinent to the oil and gas sector. To this end, Mr. Walid Nasr, Head of the Strategic Planning Department at the LPA, discussed topics such as Lebanon’s current oil and gas governance system; the synergies among the integrated managing pillars of the sector: policymaking, regulation, services and commercial pillars. Furthermore, Nasr presented the existing types of state participation and emphasised on the opportunity cost associated with choosing the “wait-and-see” option over kick-starting the prospective Lebanese hydrocarbon sector. To build up on the first intervention, Dr. Charles McPherson, an economist specialising in financial and fiscal policies in natural resource-rich countries, reflected on Lebanon’s system in light of international best practices; addressed dimensions of good governance including positive and negative aspects of several governance modalities across the world; and clarified the different roles and responsibilities regulators and National Oil Companies (NOCs) could play in the oil and gas sector.

The second session turned around best possible ways to manage the licensing process in Lebanon, drawing on international best practices. Mr Wissam Zahabi, Head of the Economic and Finance Department at the LPA, introduced the current Lebanese fiscal regime put in place; offered a comprehensive overview of the bidding phase, including the bidding content, its conditions and parameters; and presented the selection criteria of pre-qualified companies. This was followed by a talk delivered by Dr. Ghislain Pastre, a petroleum lawyer specialising in extractive industries governance issues, who addressed the importance of the licensing process drawing on other countries’ experiences; the conditions for a successful bidding including a comparative overview of biddable items and a system evaluation. The speaker concluded emphasising on the importance of adopting transparency measures during the licensing round process up till the announcement of results.

The round table sessions ended by opening the floor to interactive discussions among the participants that aimed to enhance the understanding concerning governance and transparency related issues in the prospective Lebanese oil and gas sector.

19 – 23 October 2015

OIL FOR DEVELOPMENT (OFD) PROGRAMME – WORKSHOP ON LOCAL CONTENT
The LPA is actively working on elaborating a local content policy that would contribute in promoting the local human capital on one hand, and in ensuring that locally provided products and services are competitive and support the development of the oil and gas sector. In this context, the LPA organized a workshop, which is part of the OfD Programme, extending from the 19th till the 23rd of October 2015, addressing local content related issues. The purpose of the workshop is to enhance the value creation stemming from Lebanon’s prospective petroleum assets, and in turn maximizing the national outcomes of the economic and social benefits.

13 – 16 October 2015

WORKSHOPS ON THE MANAGEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, HEALTH AND SAFETY IMPACTS OF THE OIL AND GAS SECTOR
The Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA), in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) under the Sustainable Oil and Gas Development in Lebanon (SODEL) Project, has organized a four-day training workshop entitled “Towards More Sustainable Oil and Gas Projects and Development” from the 13th to 16th of October 2015 at the Riviera Hotel in Beirut delivered by HSE International LLC, a US based consultancy firm. The workshop was attended by representatives from various Governmental Organizations, the Media, Non-Governmental Organizations, Environmental Groups, and the LPA in targeted sessions. The workshop aimed to provide necessary support and benefit through raising awareness and building capacity through interactive sessions covering detailed technical insights of upstream oil and gas operations while focusing on the management and mitigation of the associated health, safety and environmental (HSE) risks and impacts. The common tools required for the sustainable management of the sector were presented.

5 – 9 October 2015

IRN – SECOND ANNUAL OIL AND GAS INTERNATIONAL LICENSING SUMMIT 2015
The International Research Network (IRN) organised the second Annual Oil and Gas International Licensing Summit, that was held from the 5th till the 9th of October 2015 in London, U.K. The Summit was centred around improving the understanding pertinent to the latest oil and gas licensing strategies from around the globe. Additionally, the Summit was a platform that enabled participants to share insights and examples that emphasise on successes deriving from licensing rounds in several countries. More specifically, representatives from over 35 countries participated in the Summit, such as regulators, International Oil Companies (IOCs), National Oil Companies (NOCs), and several stakeholders. Participants discussed features of licensing rounds procedures that were part and parcel of establishing efficient systems and effective strategies. Speaking at the IRN Summit, Mr. Walid Nasr, Head of the Strategic Planning Department at the LPA, presented Lebanon’s latest oil and gas developments, including the opportunities that the prospective offshore hydrocarbon resources could bring.

14 till 18 September 2015

OIL FOR DEVELOPMENT (OFD) WORKSHOP: ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING FOR OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Within the framework of the Oil for Development (OFD) Program for Lebanon, the economic and finance department at Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA) attended the workshop that was organized by the Ministry of Finance on the appropriate management, Accounting and Auditing mechanism for Oil and Gas industry that meet international standards established. The workshop gives insight into revenue management, accounting procedures, transfer pricing and interpretation of some issues that will be included in the Draft Taxation Law.

1 September 2015

MOU SIGNATURE BETWEEN THE LPA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT UNIVERSITY OF KASLIK
The Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA), represented by Me. Gaby Daaboul has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Holy Spirit University (USEK) on the 1st of September 2015. This agreement will allow both parties to encourage the exchange of experience in the oil and gas sector as well as the development of the technical education in Lebanon. Within the framework of this co-operation, LPA and USEK will develop scientific cooperation projects and joint researches related to the economy, social and environmental impacts of the oil and gas industry in Lebanon. This note also includes the organization of seminars, conferences and workshops related to the petroleum industry.

4 August 2015

MOU SIGNATURE BETWEEN THE LPA AND THE CONSULTATIVE CENTER FOR STUDIES AND DOCUMENTATION
On the 4th of August 2015 the Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA) and the Consultative Center for Studies and Documentation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which aims to promote cooperation, knowledge sharing, expertise and information on topics related to the management and the development of petroleum related activities in Lebanon. The President of the LPA Me. Gaby Daaboul, and the Consultative Center for Studies and Documentation’s Director Dr. Abdel Halim Fadlallah emphasized on the importance of this cooperation, and on the attention that the scientific and academic spheres in Lebanon should bring to the petroleum sector given that it represents an economic priority for the country and an investment opportunity in national programmes. Then, the MoU was signed and copies were exchanged between the two parties. Members of the LPA along with researchers and consultants from the Consultative Center for Studies and Documentation attended the signature of the MoU.

29 June till 2 July 2015

NEW PETROLEUM PRODUCERS DISCUSSION GROUP - DAR AS SALAAM, TANZANIA
The Lebanese Petroleum Administration represented by Mr. Wissam Zahabi, head of economics and finance department attended the New Petroleum Producers Discussion Group in Dar as Salaam, Tanzania. This discussion was under the Chatham House Rules, it contributes to introduce participants to the experience of other producing countries in dealing with governance challenges. The sessions review common challenges facing emerging producer countries in the phases of exploration, recent discoveries and early production. The discussions covered the following key objectives:
• Attract the most qualified investor for the long run
• Maximize economic returns to state through licensing
• Earn and retain public trust and manage public Expectation
• Increase local content and benefits to the broader company
• Build capable national organizations to participate in and oversee the development of the resources
• Increase accountability

26 June 2015

REACHING OUT TO MUNICIPALITIES: BAAKLINE
On Friday June 26, 2015 under the patronage of Al Irfan Association; the Chouf Swayjani union of municipalities; the Association of Progressive Graduates; and in partnership with the Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA), the municipality of Baakline in the Chouf region hosted a seminar addressing the question of whether Lebanon could benefit, before Israel, from development opportunities arising from the petroleum sector. Read More

10 June 2015

CEREMONY OF THE COMPLETION OF THE CEDARSOIL LEBANON NEOBASIN PROJECT
Under the auspices of the Minister of Energy and Water H.E. Arthur Nazarian, the Directorate General of Oil, the Lebanese Petroleum Administration and Lebanon Oil Installations, in collaboration with NEOS GeoSolutions and Petroserv, the data delivery ceremony of the onshore and transition zone airborne survey was held on Wednesday 10 June, 2015 at the Hilton Metropolitan Palace Hotel in Beirut. The results of the survey disclosed by Mr. JIM Hollis, CEO of NEOS, shows a high potential of Hydrocarbon reserves in the Lebanon’s Onshore. More info

8 - 11 June 2015

OIL FOR DEVELOPMENT (OFD) WORKSHOP: ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING FOR OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Within the framework of the Oil for Development (OfD) Programme for Lebanon, the economic and finance department at Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA) attended the workshop that was organized by the Ministry of Finance on the appropriate management, Accounting and Auditing mechanism for Oil and Gas industry that meet international standards established. The workshop gave insight into IOC organization, accounts, auditing, market failures and fiscal priorities.

8 June 2015

OIL & GAS LEBANON'S NATIONAL WEALTH FORUM
Under the high patronage of H.E. Minister of Energy and Water Arthur Nazarian, the Oil and Gas Lebanon’s National Wealth Forum was held at ESA campus on June 8, 2015 with a wide panel of international key speakers, Lebanese politicians, energy and economical sector key players, specialized press and blogs editors, and representatives of the country civil society and students. The Lebanese Petroleum Administration, represented by Mr. Gaby Daaboul, Mr. Wissam Chbat and Mr. Wissam Zahabi, delivered three presentations related to the geological facts and figures, governance of the oil and gas sector and the oil and gas revenues.

3 - 4 June 2015

ACAL – GAIF OIL & GAS CONFERENCE
Under the patronage of his Excellency Dr. Alain Hakim Minister of economy & trade, and the presence of his Excellency Minister of Energy & Water, Mr. Arthur Nazarian and his Excellency Minister of Environment, Mr. Mohammad Machnouk, the insurance oil & gas conference was held with collaboration of the ACAL and GAIF on the 3rd and 4th of June 2015 in Phoenicia Hotel. The Lebanese Petroleum Administration represented by Mr. Wissam Zahabi, head of economic and finance department, participated at the conference which consisted of sessions to address a number of important technical issues that our Oil & Gas industry will face in the future. Participants from Lebanon and the Arab world shared their experiences, notably representatives from Arab insurance companies and brokers, Arab insurance federations, representatives of the Lebanese Petroleum Administration, Ministry of economy and trade, ministry of energy and water, ministry of finance and Lebanese banks.

30 May 2015

LEBANON'S OIL AND GAS: A DREAM OR REALITY?
The order of engineers and architects in Tripoli has organized a workshop entitled: Lebanon’s Oil and Gas, a dream or reality? This workshop was held under the auspices of H.E. Minister of Energy and Water Arthur Nazarian. Mr. Walid Nasr, head of the strategic planning department in the Lebanese Petroleum Administration delivered a presentation related to the sustainability of the petroleum resources and the measures that have been taken in terms of legal framework and seismic surveys that have been implemented. More info

21-23 May 2015

LEBANON DIASPORA ENERGY (LDE 2015)
The Lebanese Petroleum Administration took active participation at the Lebanese Diaspora Energy 2015, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The event was held at Habtoor Grand Hotel, Beirut. A round table with experienced Lebanese expats shaped a constructive discussion centred around ways to design and implement an effective local content policy in Lebanon. During the closing ceremony recommendations stemming out from the previous discussions were presented to the public. More info

10-11 March 2015

ADRIATIC OIL & GAS SUMMIT - BUDVA, MONTENEGRO
The Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA), represented by Me. Gaby Daaboul and Mr. Wissam al Zahabi, participated in the First Adriatic Oil & Gas Summit, which aims to examine the latest opportunities and challenges of the Oil & Gas sector in the Adriatic region. The Adriatic Oil & Gas Summit has been formed to provide a platform for ministries and government departments to engage with international and local investors to showcase the opportunities available throughout the region and specifically to highlight Montenegro, Croatia and Albania. More info

4 March 2015

GROUND MAGNETOTELLURIC (MT) SURVEY ACQUISITION
The Ground Magnetotelluric (MT) survey acquisition is underway and will acquire data from thirty-six stations onshore Lebanon, complementing the onshore airborne surveys acquired in December, 2014. The Ground MT survey is handled by Lampion Oil and Gas Services (LOGS), performed in collaboration with Neos Geosolutions and their local partner, Petroserv and consists of acquiring Electric and Magnetic data that are important for determining the resistivity of the subsurface strata. The completion of acquisition is scheduled for March, 2015.

11-12 February 2015

WORKSHOPS ON ENVIRONMENTAL, HEALTH AND SAFETY COMPLIANCE IN THE PETROLEUM SECTOR
The Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA), in collaboration with the Norwegian Oil for Development (OfD) program, has organized two workshops about "Environmental Compliance in the Petroleum Sector" and "Health and Safety Compliance in the Petroleum Sector" on the 11th and 12th of February 2015, respectively, at the Movenpick Hotel in Beirut. The Norwegian team, consisting of experts from the Norwegian Environment Agency (NEA) and the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), provided a number of lectures about the principles of health, safety and environment (HSE) governance, the agencies’ mandates and structures, the different aspects of HSE compliance monitoring, the methods of auditing and inspection in relation to HSE during their various phases of oil and gas exploration and extraction, the companies’ self-monitoring and reporting systems, the trends in common HSE non-compliances and a statistical data overview about HSE performance in the Norwegian oil and gas sector. These workshops were attended by representatives from the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Industry, and the Lebanese Petroleum Administration. These workshops constitute one of various initiatives under the long-term cooperation program between LPA and other government organizations and stakeholders in order to build and develop capacities and raise awareness in all aspects of the oil and gas sector in Lebanon.

27 January 2015

AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF LEBANON AND THE NORWEGIAN AGENCY FOR DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION (NORAD)
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Gebran Bassil, the Minister of Energy and Water Arthur Nazarian and the Norwegian State Secretary Bård Glad Pederson of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed an Agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lebanon and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) regarding development cooperation within the framework of the Oil for Development (OfD) Program (Phase 2). The signing ceremony took place at the Palais de Bustrus in Beirut, in the presence of representatives from the Ministry of Finance, Environment and the Lebanese Petroleum Administration. Read More

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