Russian Oil Giant Rosneft Could Buy Bashneft for Over $5Bln

© REUTERS / Sergei KarpukhinA worker at an oil field owned by Bashneft, Bashkortostan, Russia
A worker at an oil field owned by Bashneft, Bashkortostan, Russia - Sputnik International
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Russian oil giant Rosneft could be offered the controlling stake in the medium-sized oil producer Bashneft for some 325 billion rubles ($5 billion).

An employee talks on a portable radio set at a refinery owned by Bashneft company in the city of Ufa - Sputnik International
Putin: Rosneft Acquiring Bashneft 'Not Best Option'
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said last Friday that the Russian government was considering options for selling its controlling interest of 50.08 percent in Bashneft and 19.5 percent of shares in the country’s largest oil company Rosneft.

Sources in the know told the Russian newspaper Kommersant that the government appeared to be in favor of selling Bashneft directly to Rosneft. Another option on the table is quizzing possible buyers on the price within a week.

According to the sources, the government expects to earn 325 billion rubles from the deal in either case. Lukoil is the only other company in Russia that could afford the price, but it deemed it to be too high, the outlet said.

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