Cyprus’ energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis announced on 3 October that Nicosia is putting its offshore Block 7 on offer for a month. The Cyprus government hopes to capitalize on Italian firm Eni’s January Calypso discovery in the neighboring Block 6 to the west, as well as the Italians’ 21.5tcf Zohr discovery due south on the other side of the Cyprus-Egypt maritime border (see map and MEES, 2 February).

Eni’s confirmation that Calypso is a “Zohr-like...