Cesar Abi Khalil speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Friday, March 31, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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receives two gas exploration bids: ministerEnergy and Water Minister Cesar Abi Khalil said Thursday that Lebanon had received two bids to operate the offshore gas blocks but declined to disclose the names of the companies and the blocks that made the bids.According to the conditions stipulated by the Lebanese Petroleum Administration, the international companies must form consortiums and each consortium would offer a bid to explore for gas in one of the five blocks that are up for grabs.According to the Energy Ministry, 51 companies have qualified to bid in the 2017 round.The 2013 round prequalified 12 operators to bid along with 34 non-operating companies.Questions will probably be raised on why the remaining companies that prequalified in 2013 and 2017 did not make any offers to explore for gas in Lebanon.
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