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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gazprom Bidders

MOSCOW -- Three companies probably bid for a 2.5 percent stake in Gazprom, and they are the gas monopoly's foreign strategic partners - Ruhrgas of Germany, Shell, and Italy's ENI, Interfax reported Thursday, quoting a source familiar with the sale.

Bidding for the stake closed Wednesday, and the results of the auction are scheduled to be announced Saturday. The starting price for the shares was $651 million.

Interfax said a contract with the winner will be signed Monday.