UPDATE 1-Russian, Azeri firms main bidders for Greek gas company

Tue Nov 6, 2012 3:07pm EST
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* Russian Gazprom, Sintez, Azeri SOCAR, two Greek groups bid

* Athens hopes to earn up to 1 bln euros from sale-sources

* No major West European firms made bids, Greek risk cited

* Russian interests clash with EU energy supply aims

By Sophie Sassard and Renee Maltezou

ATHENS, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Russia's Gazprom and Sintez, Azerbaijan's state-owned SOCAR and two Greek groups have bid for Greek gas company DEPA, Greece's privatisation agency said on Tuesday.

Greece hopes such asset sales will help it pay off its debt.

The agency confirmed statements to Reuters on Monday by people familiar with the situation who said the Russian and Azeri firms had emerged as the main bidders in a deal Greek officials hope will yield 500 million to 1 billion euros.   Continued...