OAO Rosneft reported that the Brazilian government has approved a transaction that would give Rosneft an additional 6% in a joint venture in the Solimoes basin for $96 million. The transaction would give Rosneft 51% interest and operatorship in the JV.
Completion of the purchase from Brazilian independent HRT O&G is expected within 30 days of the July 9 approval by Brazil's National Petroleum Agency (ANP).
The JV covers concession contracts BT-SOL-4 and BT-SOL-4A. HRT O&G will hold 49% interest (OGJ Online, Mar. 19, 2013).
Separately, Rosneft, HRT, and Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) signed a memorandum of understanding to study "development schemes" for joint monetization of gas in the Solimoes basin.
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REUTERS - Brent crude futures LCOc1 were down 72 cents at $61.49 per barrel at 1020 GMT, having fallen by 1.5 percent on Tuesday, its largest one-day drop in a month. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 was at $55.12 per barrel, down 58 cents.
BLOOMBERG - Prices dropped during the session as the International Energy Agency said the recent recovery in oil prices, coupled with milder-than-normal winter weather, is slowing demand growth. The worsening outlook for consumption dampened some of the enthusiasm that OPEC and its allies will extend supply curbs.
Global energy needs rise more slowly than in the past but still expand by 30% between today and 2040. This is the equivalent of adding another China and India to today’s global demand.
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