Rosneft and BP have agreed to explore and develop three licence blocks: EPNZ 1,2,3 - on the Russian Arctic continental shelf. These licences were awarded to Rosneft in 2010 and cover approximately 125 000 km2 in a highly prospective area of the South Kara Sea. This is an area roughly equivalent in size and prospectivity to the UK North Sea.
This historic agreement creates the first major equity-linked partnership between a national and international oil company. Following completion of this agreement, Rosneft will hold 5% of BP's ordinary voting shares in exchange for approximately 9.5% of Rosneft's shares. The share swap component of the alliance creates strategic alignment to pursue joint projects and demonstrates mutual confidence in the growth potential of both companies.
BP and Rosneft have also agreed to establish an Arctic technology centre in Russia, which will work with leading Russian and international research institutes, design bureaus and universities to develop technologies and engineering practices for the safe extraction of hydrocarbon resources from the Arctic shelf. The technology centre will build on BP's deep offshore experience and learnings with full emphasis on safety, environmental integrity and emergency spill response capability.
Rosneft and BP have agreed to continue their joint technical studies in the Russian Arctic to assess hydrocarbon prospectivity in areas beyond the Kara Sea. The parties will also seek additional opportunities for international collaboration beyond their 50/50 joint venture partnership in Ruhr Oel GmbH, a refining joint venture in Germany (subject to completion of Rosneft's recent purchase of 50% of Ruhr Oel from PDVSA).
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