ONGC Videsh to acquire 15% interest in Vankor Field located in East Siberia

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ONGC Videsh to acquire 15% interest in Vankor Field located in East Siberia

ONGC Videsh has signed an agreement to acquire up to 15% shares in CSJC Vankorneft, which owns Vankor Field and NorthVankor license, from Rosneft oil company.

Rosneft currnetly holds 100% shares in Vankorneft. The acquisition is subject to relevant Board, Government and regulatory approvals and is expected to close by mid of 2016.

The agreement was signed by Mr. Narendra K. Verma, CEO & Managing Director, ONGC Videsh and Mr. Igor Sechin, Chairman Board of Directors, Rosneft during the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) held in Vladivostok today in the presence of H.E. Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of Russian Federation.

Vankor is Russia's second largest field by production and accounts for 4% of Russian production. The daily production from the field is around 442,000 bpd of crude oil on an average with ONGC Videsh’s share of daily oil production at about 66,000 bpd.

The deal provides an opportunity to ONGC Videsh to enhance its presence in Russia and is consistent with its stated strategic objective of adding high quality international assets to its existing E&P portfolio. This acquisition also has significant strategic importance to India, both in terms of augmentation of India’s Energy Security as well as enhancing India’s stature in the global political and economic arenas.

Citi worked as the sole exclusive financial advisor whereas Dentons worked as legal advisor to ONGC Videsh on this transaction

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