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BP’s Argentina Asset Sale to Cnooc Could Collapse – Bloomberg

Courtesy of Benzinga.

BP’s (NYSE: BP) effort to sell its 60% stake in Argentine oil producer Pan American Energy LLC to a company owned by China’s Cnooc (NYSE: CEO) for $7.1 billion could be on the brink of collapse, Bloomberg News reported, citing a source familiar with the matter.

BP, Europe’s second-largest oil company, agreed to sell the stake to Bridas Corp, which is part-owned by Cnooc in November 2010 as part of its plan to raise $30 billion in cash through asset sales to pay for expenses tied to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The agreement between BP and Cnooc, China’s largest offshore oil explorer, lapses in November. Political and regulatory snafus have led to delays in finalizing the deal and BP is prepared to continue as a partner in the oil production partnership, Bloomberg reported.

If completed, Cnooc’s acquisition of the Pan American stake would be the largest this year by a Chinese energy company. Chinese oil producers have been actively looking for global deals to meet rising domestic demand.

Thus far, BP has raised about $25 billion through asset sales, but that figure includes the $7.1 billion for Pan American.


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