The Minister of Energy and Water, H.E. Gebran Bassil, officially announced the approval of the Distribution Service Provider bid results in a press conference held at the Ministry of Energy and Water on November 29, 2011. The bidding process, ongoing since July 2010, successfully surpassed several milestones including bidder prequalification, tendering, technical and financial evaluation of bids, and re-bidding for one of the three Service Areas. The winning bidders have been selected and the process has now reached its final stage of contract signing. Per Minister Bassil, implementation of the Distribution Service Provider project is anticipated to begin in early 2012 .