“LUKOIL” may be one of the contenders for a stake in state-owned companies, the newspaper “Vedomosti”.
A source familiar with the negotiations, reported that President Vladimir Putin during a conversation on October 31 in the discovery of them. Filanovsky, invited LUKOIL to participate in privatisation “Rosneft”.
We will note, earlier this week the head of LUKOIL Vagit Alekperov said that the company will not participate in the privatization of the state package of shares of “Rosneft”.
Earlier, Alekperov assured that it will not participate in privatization, the source said, “but then Putin invited Alekperov to his car. About 20 minutes later, they were driving from a factory “Astrakhan shipyard” to the regional Duma”. About the reaction Alekperov he could not tell.
That “LUKOIL” invited to participate in the privatization, knows Federal official. LUKOIL, in principle, considered as a contender, said another participant in the debate in the government, but the “LUKOIL” now there is no interest.
Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov refused to comment: no public proposals have been made.
Directive on privatization of 19.5% of “Rosneft” should appear in the coming days. According to the source, now formed a pool of companies loyal to the Kremlin and is ready to participate in privatization, including Sinopec, Kazakhstan “KazMunaiGas”, “Surgutneftegas”. The interest of these companies was confirmed by a Federal official, who, however, doubts that they will create a special consortium, probably, will buy the shares individually.
In “LUKOIL”, “KazMunayGas” and Sinopec, the Federal property management Agency and Ministry of economic development has not responded to the request of the newspaper. The representative of “Surgutneftegaz” have refused comments. The representative of “Rosneft” called the idea ridiculous.
We will remind, in August, Vedomosti found out that one of the conditions for potential buyers of 19.5% of Rosneft shares will be a ban on the conclusion of shareholder agreement with BP, which owns a 19.75% of Rosneft. After the privatization of the state in the face of “Rosneftegaz” will be 50% plus one share. He British oil giant to participate in the auction is not going to.
The importance of this agreement grew out of requirements that a potential buyer should not have any conflict of interests. The Russian authorities want to avoid the concentration of control in a large foreign company, which has strong positions in Russia,
If a potential buyer will be merged with BP, and for two they can bring three members to the Board of Directors, consisting of nine members (including two independent ones), or vote consistently on certain issues on the agenda.
By the time the interest in the privatization package has said China’s CNPC and Sinopec, India’s ONGC representative said that he is willing to explore the possibility of participation in privatisation “Rosneft”.