• Govt Considers Selling Part Of Bharat Petroleum, Not Full Stake: Report

    India is considering selling up to a quarter of state-run refiner Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd after failing to attract suitors for the whole firm, two officials said, as the government’s divestment programme moves slower than expected.

    New Delhi is considering inviting bids for a 20%-25% stake in BPCL, instead of an outright sale of its entire 52.98% holding, the two government officials, who declined to be named, told Reuters.

    The officials said discussions about the plan were in the early stages.

    Initially, the government had aimed to raise $8-$10 billion from selling its full stake in BPCL. Having drawn up plans four years ago, it invited bids in 2020, hoping major players such as Russia’s Rosneft might be interested.

    But Rosneft and Saudi Aramco did not bid, as low oil prices at that time and weak demand curbed their investment plans.

    The government officials said even a part sale of BPCL was unlikely to be completed this fiscal year as the process would take over 12 months.

    Sale prospects were hit by inconsistent policies on petrol and diesel prices.

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