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What's delaying gas exploration in Lebanon?

Gas exploration in Lebanon has been in limbo for over two years, but with the renewed international efforts, will the file be reopened?
Caretaker Energy Minister Gebran Bassil (L) looks at screens on board a boat during a tour of areas believed to have gas reserves, off Lebanon's coast near Beirut May 30, 2013.  Offshore seismic surveys suggest Lebanon has at least 30 trillion cubic feet in just a small fraction of its Mediterranean waters Bassil said. Lebanon has selected 46 international oil companies to bid to explore for gas off its coast, where survey ships have been assessing prospects after discoveries in waters off neighbouring Isra

BEIRUT — Gas exploration in Lebanon has been frozen for more than two years, but it has now returned to the forefront of Beirut's political and media scene. It was not brought to the table by any Lebanese government or official body, but rather by Washington.

On July 2-3, the US Department of State's special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs, Amos Hochstein, visited the Lebanese capital, where he met with a number of Lebanese officials, including Prime Minister Tammam Salam, parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and Energy Minister Arthur Nazarian. Following these meetings, the US official made a series of press statements in which he stressed that the subject of his visit was limited to Lebanese gas, its exploration and excavation process and its current status.

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