Report: Rosneft Offered Exchange Deal over Gas Assets
MOSCOW, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Russian companies Novatek and Gazprom Neft have offered Kremlin-controlled oil producer Rosneft an exit from their joint venture in exchange for a stake in a natural gas firm, Vedomosti daily reported on Friday.
Vedomosti, citing sources at Novatek, said the companies offered Rosneft a deal to sell its stake in SeverEnergia in exchange for a share in Sibneftegaz, another gas producing asset.
All companies involved declined to comment.
Potentially one of Russia's largest part foreign-owned gas projects, SeverEnergia is expected to produce 36 billion cubic metres of gas and liquids by 2017. Sibneftegaz has gas reserves of almost 170 bcm.
Rosneft has recently bought into SeverEnergia by acquiring a stake of Italy's Enel for $1.8 billion, while Novatek and Gazprom Neft have agreed to acquire Eni's share for $2.94 billion.
(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by David Holmes)
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