Some Lebanese officials are reportedly exerting efforts to hand over the data of a Geological Survey for the country’s offshore gas and oil in the North to Norway’s Petroleum Commission.

According to As Safir newspaper published on Wednesday, the move could have hidden intentions such as an attempt to draw the attention of new companies in an illegal way to enter the country’s tenders and take part in exploring Lebanon’s offshore oil and gas wealth in return to a certain commission.

Experts warned in comments to the daily that the data is considered part of the country’s “oil national security,” stressing that it should be classified.