ONGC gets partners' nod for $5-bn Kashagan stake buy
In its biggest acquisition till date, OVL, the overseas arm of Oil & Natural Gas Corp in November agreed to pay US energy giant ConocoPhillips about USD 5 billion for the 8.4 per cent stake in Kashagan, the biggest oilfield discovery in over four decades.
The deal is subject to the approval of governments of Kazakhstan and India and also to other partners in the Caspian Sea field waiving their right of first refusal (ROFR).
"None of the partners in the project chose to exercise their pre-emption rights at the end of the deadline late last week," an official said here.
Italy's Eni, ExxonMobil of the US, Royal Dutch Shell, France's Total and Kazakhstan's Kazmunaigas (KMG) hold 16.81 per cent stake each in the field, while Japan's Inpex the remaining 7.56 per cent.
All the six partners had 60 days time from the date of announcement of the acquisition on November 24 to decide on exercising their right of first refusal on ConocoPhillips' stake.
"By not exercising their ROFR, they (the project partners) have agreed to OVL joining the project," he said.
The deal now hinges on Kazakhstan government's approval.
"Kazakhstan government now has time till end of July
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