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Halliburton CEO Dave Lesar said at a briefing Tuesday the company is seeking investors to take long-term stakes in its eastern hemisphere operation. Halliburton also wants to pursue $80 billion in oil service projects around the world over the next five years and is evaluating 60 such projects. The company recently moved its corporate HQ to Dubai in the U.A.E. and is now contemplating a dual listing on the Dubai International Financial Exchange. Lesar told the briefing the company would HAL Quote and Chart 22 05 2007"welcome a Middle East investor taking a major equity stake." Addressing the 60 projects Halliburton is interested in, Lesar said the company will not bid for any new work in Iran or Iraq. The company plans to hire up to 14,000 new employees this year. Lesar also forecast higher revenue numbers for Halliburton this year, reflecting strong market conditions.

Sources: Reuters, MarketWatch
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