Whilst 2017 bid rounds from both Israel and Lebanon can be considered flops, at least Lebanon has succeeded in drawing in heavyweights Total and Eni.

Hot on the heels of Israel’s 13 December announcement of the award of six blocks in the country’s 2017 bid round, neighbor Lebanon announced just a day later that its cabinet has approved bids for two of its blocks.

Greek independent Energean is the big winner in the Israeli bidding. But ‘winner’ is a relative term: in...