BEIRUT - Exploratory drilling in Lebanon's offshore Block 9 is set to begin on Aug. 24, the energy ministry said on Tuesday.

The consortium drilling in Block 9 is led by France’s TotalEnergies and includes Italian oil giant ENI and state-owned QatarEnergy.

(Reporting by Nayera Abdallah; Writing by Tala Ramadan Editing by David Goodman )