Iraq expects to hold an auction for three gas fields planned on 1 October, officials have announced.

According to Reuters, officials have said that 11 international oil companies have paid fees to participate.

“We are still moving on our way to holding the gas auction at the decided time on the 1st of October.” said Abdul-Mahdy al-Ameedi, head of the Iraqi oil ministry’s licensing and contracting office. “Nothing has changed.”