A much-hyped October deal in which Eni was to take half of BP’s stakes in three large Libya exploration blocks has yet to be finalized, while Total and NOC remain locked in a year-long dispute over the French major’s part acquisition of Waha.

Any exploration uptick Libya might have hoped for in 2019 has yet to get off the ground. BP, Eni and NOC all flagged up the possibility of 2019, even early-2019 drilling.

When BP, Eni and NOC struck a deal last October under which Eni...