Executives: ONGC, Oil India Complete $873M Stake Buy in IOC



Reuters

NEW DELHI, March 14 (Reuters) – India's state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp and Oil India have completed purchase of a 10 percent stake in state refiner Indian Oil Corp for 53.4 billion rupees ($873 million), senior executives at the two companies said on Friday.

Oil India Chairman Sunil Kumar Srivastava told Reuters that the company had completed the purchase of 5 percent stake at 26.70 billion rupees. A senior executive at ONGC, who did not want to be named, said the explorer had also completed its 5 percent stake buy in Indian Oil.

In January, a panel of Indian ministers had approved the 10 percent stake sale in IOC to help the cash-strapped government raise funds to narrow its budget deficit. ($1 = 61.1400 Rupees)

(Reporting by Nidhi Verma; Additional reporting by Manoj Kumar; Editing by Anand Basu)



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