Officials float northern maritime demarcation

Lebanese officials have said that Syria may be seeking to demarcate its maritime border with Lebanon ahead of oil and gas exploration by both nations planned for the coming years.

Lebanon in April launched its second offshore licensing round, which includes two maritime blocks that border Syrian waters.

Meanwhile Syria has set the ambitious goal of beginning offshore gas production in 2023.

Defense Minister Elias Bou Saab earlier this month said that he had knowledge that Syria was looking to demarcate the northern maritime border, and that Russia, which has oil and gas interests in both countries, could play a “positive role.”

There has been no official confirmation from the Syrian or Russian side.

Roudi Baroudi, an independent energy consultant with more than 40 years experience in the sector, previously told LOGI roughly 830 square kilometers of maritime area are under dispute.


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