Caretaker Energy and Water Minister Gebran Bassil, second left, speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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GlobalData, a London-based consultancy company, said Tuesday that international oil firms were still keen to bid for Lebanon's offshore gas exploration despite the delays in an expected auction and political instability.A total of 46 international firms, including ExxonMobil, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell and Total, have prequalified to bid for gas exploration.Caretaker Energy and Water Minister Gebran Bassil announced a new date for the auction, April 10, vowing to proceed whether or not a new government is formed.Khellafi did not rule out yet another postponement by Lebanon of the April 10 auction.
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