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Ex-energy minister expects petroleum exploration bidding to go ahead

Jul 17. 2020
Former Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong
Former Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong
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By The Nation

Former Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong today said it was now the task of the incoming minister to call bids for the 23rd round of petroleum exploration and production in the Gulf of Thailand.

Sontirat had planned to invite interested bidders next week but he resigned from his post yesterday, effective immediately.

The Round 23 exploration and production covers three offshore blocks. Sontirat said it should create 4,000 new jobs.

Meanwhile, Sontirat said he was confident that the project to construct community power plants will also be continued.

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