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U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil, Qatar Petroleum, Italy's ENI and France's Total have successfully bid for rights to explore for oil and gas off the coast of Cyprus, officials said Tuesday.ENI and Total jointly negotiated a license for a block off the island's south coast while ENI secured another on its own.U.S. firm Noble Energy made the first discovery off the southeast coast of Cyprus in 2011 in the Aphrodite field, which is estimated to contain around 127.4 billion cubic meters of gas.Cyprus hopes to begin exporting gas, and maybe oil, by 2022 .
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