Cobalt International Says Angola Oil Block Stake Sale Terminated


Aug 23 (Reuters) - Cobalt International Energy Inc said the proposed $1.75 billion sale of a 40 percent stake in two offshore oil blocks in Angola to the state oil company was terminated as it did not get the necessary approvals from the country's government.

The deal was automatically terminated after the Angolan government did not give the approvals within one year, Cobalt said on Tuesday. (

The oil and gas producer announced in August last year the sale of its 40 percent stake in the fields to Angola's Sonangol, which holds the remaining stake.

But, three weeks back Cobalt warned that it was unlikely to close the deal.

Cobalt said on Tuesday it has begun the marketing and sale process of the assets.

The company's shares had tumbled more than 40 percent on Aug. 2 when the company first said that the deal was unlikely to close. Since then the stock has pared most of its losses through Monday's close.

(Reporting by Arathy S Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza)

Copyright 2017 Thomson Reuters. Click for Restrictions.


Click on the button below to add a comment.
Post a Comment
Generated by readers, the comments included herein do not reflect the views and opinions of Rigzone. All comments are subject to editorial review. Off-topic, inappropriate or insulting comments will be removed.

Related Companies

Our Privacy Pledge

Most Popular Articles

From the Career Center
Jobs that may interest you
Division Order Analyst - DJ Land Administration
Expertise: Business Analyst|Commercial Management|Landman
Location: Denver, CO
Staff Land Analyst Job
Expertise: Lease Analyst
Location: Houston, TX
Channel Development Manager Job
Expertise: Business Development|Sales
Location: Minneapolis, MN
search for more jobs

Brent Crude Oil : $56.86/BBL 0.76%
Light Crude Oil : $50.66/BBL 0.21%
Natural Gas : $2.959/MMBtu 0.30%
Updated in last 24 hours