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UAE’s Adnoc explored acquiring BP

Adnoc sought advice from investment banks on buying a significant stake in BP, a media report said Reuters/Toru Hanai
Adnoc sought advice from investment banks on buying a significant stake in BP, a media report said

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) explored the possibility of acquiring British oil major BP but abandoned the plan as it did not fit into its strategic growth objectives, a media report said. 

The talks did not advance beyond the initial stages, Reuters reported, citing informed sources. 

The UAE state oil company also sought advice from investment banks on a potential deal or buying a significant stake in BP, the report said.

Adnoc and BP declined to comment.

Last month the two oil companies suspended the proposed $2 billion bid to buy a major stake in Israel’s NewMed Energy as a result of the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

In May 2023, BP chief financial officer Murray Auchincloss said the company was planning to transfer assets into a joint venture with Adnoc, focusing on developing new gas resources in the East Mediterranean.

At the same time, BP was said to be joining Adnoc in evaluating a new blue hydrogen project in Abu Dhabi

In November 2022 the Adnoc board approved plans to bring forward the company’s five million barrels per day oil production capacity expansion to 2027 from a previous target of 2030.

Last July Adnoc brought forward its deadline to reach net-zero carbon emissions by five years to 2045, citing its “industry-leading” progress on targets to date as the reason for the change. 

In addition, the company set a target of eliminating methane emissions from its activities by 2030.

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