BP puts giant Russian joint venture up for sale

(REUTERS) BP put its half-share of its huge Russian joint venture up for sale on Friday, a bold step that would abandon nearly a third of BP’s output, cut it loose from hostile partners and let the Russian state tighten its grip on the world’s biggest oil industry.

A sale of its half stake in TNK-BP could raise around $30 billion for BP, which would help to fund the ongoing cost of cleaning up the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill and allow it to invest in higher growth deals.

BP plans to exit its TNK-BP investment, seek higher returns elsewhere. Picture credit: BP

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