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A consortium of three international companies made a bid to explore gas in maritime blocks four and nine which could usher in a new era for Lebanon if the offers are approved by Cabinet. The announcement by Energy and Water Minister Cesar Abi Khalil came in a statement to the press Friday, after the minister told The Daily Star Thursday that the Lebanese Petroleum Administration has received two bids to explore for gas in two of the five blocks on offer.Abi Khalil stressed that LPA has sent a preliminary report and it will send a second one, which contains more details about the offers made by the companies.The Energy Ministry said earlier that 51 international companies were prequalified to bid for licenses to explore gas off the Lebanese coast.
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