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3 Companies Bid for Gas Drilling in Bulgaria

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s government says three energy companies have submitted bids for exploration and exploitation of natural gas in the country’s Black Sea waters. Energy Minister Delyan Dobrev said Thursday that U.S. Exxon Mobil, France’s Total, and Canada’s Melrose are bidding and the winner will be announced by the end of the month. Bulgaria, which is almost fully dependent on Russian gas supplies, has been looking for ways to diversify its energy sources. Also on Thursday, Dobrev said that the construction of a 25-kilometer (16-miles) cross-border gas link with Romania will be launched in August. Last year, the EU recommended that each member state should have at least…