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Analysts told Reuters while four parties had placed bids, the race to the finishing line was down to two frontrunners.
“Realistically speaking only TNK-BP along with (the joint bid by) LUKOIL and ConocoPhillips have a chance at a deal,” said Petras Kudaras, analyst with broker and fund managers Finasta.
“The Poles have little chance … because of the complexity of their delivery scheme and we’ve seen that Kazmunai’s bid is fraught with delivery obstacles as well,” he said.
Analysts also cautioned that the court decision later this week could lead to a totally different outcome if Mazeikiu ends up being auctioned off in the Netherlands.