TNK-BP said to offer $8.16b for BP stake

TNK-BP has offered to buy a 5 percent stake in BP for 5 billion pounds ($8.16 billion) in an attempt to resolve a dispute over BP’s proposed deal with Rosneft, the Times said on Wednesday.

BP’s Russian joint venture would buy the BP stake and then swap it for a 10 percent stake in Russian state-controlled Rosneft, mirroring the original BP-Rosneft deal, the Times said.

However, under the new proposal to be discussed at a meeting on Friday, the Rosneft stake would be owned by TNK-BP, instead of BP, and BP would gain 5 billion pounds in cash, the newspaper added.

BP and Rosneft struck a deal in January to jointly develop Arctic oil and gas, and they also signed a share swap agreement.

But Russia-connected shareholders of TNK-BP said the deal violated its shareholder agreement with BP and won an injunction in a London court to put it on hold.

Source: Reuters

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