Request for Consultancy Proposal Developing a Position Paper on the Current Draft Law for Onshore Petroleum Regulation
1. About LOGI
LOGI is an independent non-governmental organization based in Beirut that promotes the transparent and sound management of Lebanon’s oil and gas resources. It aims to develop a network of Lebanese experts in the global energy industry and provide them with a platform to educate Lebanese policy makers as well as Lebanese citizens on the key decisions facing the oil and gas industry. It focuses on public awareness, policy development, advocacy and capacity building to help Lebanon maximize the economic and social benefits of its oil and gas wealth – and avoid the resource curse. LOGI is the first and only Lebanese NGO member of Publish What You Pay (PWYP).
2. Introduction about the Gas and Oil sector in Lebanon
Petroleum exploration has a long history in Lebanon; however, the topic was kept aside until Noble Energy, a leading U.S. energy company, started searching the reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin where it succeeded in December 2009 in discovering new oil and gas reserves. The Levant Basin is an 83,000 km2 region which engulfs Syrian, Lebanese, and Cypriot, as well as Israeli/occupied Palestine waters. It has been declared by Noble Energy that the Levant Basin’s hydrocarbon reserves are the largest resources screened by them up to this date.
The above new facts gave the Lebanese authorities the motivation to start implementing serious measures since the year 2010 to tap any potential oil and gas reserves. On February 15, 2013 the Lebanese Minister of Energy and Water (MoEW) held a press conference launching the pre-qualification process for oil companies to bid on offshore oil and gas exploration. In January 2017, and after a three-year delay, Lebanon re-launched its first oil and gas licensing round. Lebanon has opened five offshore blocks (1, 4, 8, 9 and 10) for bidding in a first licensing round of offshore oil and gas exploration in Lebanon’s Exclusive Economic Zone. In February 2017, Lebanon has also decided to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) to guarantee the transparency of the process.
In January, 2018, the Lebanese government awarded its first licenses for exploration and production of oil and gas in its offshore. A consortium made up of three companies (Total, Eni, and Novatek) were awarded two licenses to start drilling in blocks 4 and 9.
In March 2018, the Lebanese Petroleum Administration published its signed Exploration and Production Agreements, thus making Lebanon the first country in the East Mediterranean to publish its signed oil and gas exploration agreements.
The petroleum sector in Lebanon is at an early stage, and there are currently no exploration or production activities. The existence and size of recoverable reserves remain unclear, nevertheless, the seismic surveys proved that the reserves are feasible to be excavated.
Great expectations have come with the prospect of becoming a petroleum producing country, with ideas of wiping Lebanon’s monumental public debt clean, embarking on grand infrastructure projects and ushering in a new era of stability and prosperity. Unfortunately, Lebanon’s lack of experience in energy reserves presents several challenges for effective and equitable management of its resources. It is worth noting that far from the politics and the debates, qualified people are working on this topic. If these actors were given the space and freedom to work and got the needed support the economy will start to witness prosperity.
3. Problem addressed
In December 2017, MP Mohammad Qabbani submitted a draft law for Onshore Petroleum Regulation.
The draft law is currently being reviewed by a subcommittee at the parliament.
LOGI was able to procure a copy of the draft law. A high-level revision of it revealed that the current draft law contains several gaps and needs further revision.
4. Project and Services to be Provided
The Lebanese Oil and Gas Initiative (LOGI) is commissioning the development of a position paper on the current proposed draft law for Onshore Petroleum Regulation. The project is in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung-Lebanon (FES). The goal of this Project component is to assist the civil society in taking an informed position towards the current draft law proposed and in receiving an overview about the best practices adopted by countries developing an Onshore Petroleum Regulation Law.
The consultant must further optimise the overall consultancy proposal mission highlighted in the ToR. The consultant should propose the approach that s/he will use to deliver the consultancy service. Also, it is very important for the consultant to submit details about the position paper to be developed.
The consultant will also develop a work plan with clear milestone deliverables and timelines in consistency with the set timeframe of this assignment.
The proposed approach and work plan should be included in the consultant proposal to be approved by LOGI.
The consultant is expected to submit a position paper (between 6-10 pages) around the draft law. The report should be submitted in English. It should be submitted electronically in a MS-Word document. The report should include:
- Summary of the current draft law for Onshore Petroleum Regulation while highlighting gaps in the law;
- Best practices from different success stories as well as lessons learnt
- Key recommendations
* This report is the ownership of LOGI and FES and they shall decide which sections to be published and which are only accessible by both parties.
- Desired qualifications and competencies:
- Proven experience in research and the mentioned topics. As part of the proposal, we require a summary of the consultant/team of consultants that will conduct this research project. This summary will highlight any relevant experience or expertise in these fields including publication list, CV, division of tasks among the team members and the percentage of work contribution for each member (if applicable)
- PHD or master degree in a relevant field of study (law, Petroleum Studies, etc.) with proven track of reports/consultancies and/or publishing.
- Knowledge on good governance techniques and the civil society organizations in Lebanon and preferably from other petroleum producing countries.
- Knowledge on politics of Lebanon and other resource rich countries in the region.
- Knowledge on sustainable resource management of the petroleum sector.
- Knowledge about laws
- Excellent written and spoken English and Arabic languages.
- Contract Period
13 April 2018– 20 April 2018: Submission of proposals
23-27 April 2018: Scanning of proposals and meeting applicants
30 April 2018: Agreement signature
15 May 2018: Submission of Report
*Periodical meetings will take place between LOGI focal point and the consultant during the period of the project. Adjustment of dates might be negotiated between LOGI and the consultants.
Max US 1,500. Please note that this amount must cover any taxes that may apply. Please also note that price is a selection criterion.
- Application procedure:
This tender is published publicly and open to all interested candidates, including research institutions and independent consultants.
A proposal, a corresponding budget, and the data requested should be sent to the following emails:
The tender will be evaluated and selected based on the following criteria:
1. The Qualifications of the Consultancy Team/Consultant: 20 %
2. The Quality of the Proposal: 60 %
- Understanding of the Requirements (10 %)
- Analytical Approach (20 %)
- Training Techniques (20 %)
- Implementation Plan (10 %)
3.The Price: 20 %
Total: 100 %