Despite zero wells drilled, officials are already eying gas-fueled riches.  Output would spell an end to power cuts, but could also give officials an excuse to delay reform.

With two exploration contracts signed in February, the ball is finally rolling on hydrocarbon exploration offshore Lebanon (MEES, 16 February). In Beirut, the anticipation is palpable, and the political elite is not too proud to pat itself on the back despite years of delays.

“We strongly advocate to...