Rosneft, Aramco unlikely to bid for BPCL stake: sources

2020/09 30 12:09

Rosneft and Saudi Aramco are unlikely to bid within the privatisation of Bharat Petroleum Company Ltd (BPCL), sources aware of the matter stated, as low oil costs and weak demand curb their funding plans.

Russia’s Rosneft had expressed an curiosity in shopping for the federal government’s 53.29% stake in BPCL when its chief government Igor Sechin visited New Delhi in February, whereas India’s commerce minister has stated that Saudi oil large Aramco was enthusiastic in regards to the stake sale.


A Rosneft supply, nevertheless, stated it won’t purchase BPCL, whereas one other stated the Russian oil main would solely be thinking about BPCL’s advertising and marketing enterprise, which is comprised of gas depots and greater than 16,800 gas stations.

“For this, India has to promote BPCL in components,” the supply stated.


The Authorities, which is seeking to spend on welfare schemes and bridge a fiscal deficit that has already topped the annual goal, had aimed to boost $eight billion to $10 billion by way of the stake sale.

However BPCL’s share value has plunged by practically 30% over the previous 12 months to commerce at about 386 rupees on Tuesday.

“This isn’t the time to spend money on refining … demand can be there for oil to chemical substances and never standard merchandise,” one of many sources aware of Aramco’s considering stated.


Rosneft and the finance ministry didn’t reply to requests for remark.

“We proceed to discover potential progress alternatives in Asia, together with India, and can make acceptable updates as and when essential,” Aramco stated, declining additional remark.

The Saudi authorities mentioned BPCL’s privatisation with an Indian oil ministry official in July, an oil ministry doc confirmed.

‘No funding plans from Aramco’

Nevertheless, a second supply aware of Aramco’s considering stated that after initially exhibiting curiosity Aramco had not submitted a proper expression of curiosity (EoI), though the method was prolonged by two months to Sept. 30.

A 3rd supply stated that Aramco has halted most of its India funding plans due to the oil value and is unlikely to bid for BPCL.

“India won’t get the deserved value for the BPCL stake sale within the present atmosphere,” a fourth supply aware of Aramco’s considering stated.


This implies India could should pursue different avenues to boost funds to satisfy its spending commitments, Kiran Jadhav, who runs his personal asset administration agency with a 2 billion rupee ($27 million) portfolio, stated.

“If huge corporations are backing out, it will positively damage the share value and valuation of BPCL,” he stated.

Sources stated that neither Rosneft nor Aramco see a lot worth in refining as a result of the Kerala authorities, dwelling to BPCL’s greatest refinery, would possibly problem the privatisation in court docket and BPCL’s two different refineries are in cities, leaving little scope for revamps and growth.


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