ABU DHABI/DUBAI- A consortium led by India's Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) will sign a contract on Saturday to acquire a stake in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
)'s offshore oil concession, sources familiar with the matter said.
The group headed by ONGC will be the first party to secure a stake in the offshore concession.
Other members of the consortium are Indian Oil Corp and Bharat Petro Resources Ltd, an upstream arm of refiner Bharat Petroleum Corp, one source said.
Sources told Reuters
that the ONGC-led consortium would get up to a 10-percent stake in one of the areas of the concession. Pparticipation fees for the deal are valued at $600 million, they added.
An official announcement is expected later on Saturday, the sources said.
N.K. Verma, managing director of ONGC Videsh, the foreign investment arm of ONGC, is in Abu Dhabi. He did not respond to calls seeking comment.
In August, state-owned ADNOC said it would split its ADMA-OPCO offshore oil concession into two or more areas with new terms to unlock greater value and increase opportunities for partnerships.
The existing ADMA-OPCO concession, in which ADNOC has a 60 percent stake that it will retain, is due to expire in March. It produces around 700,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil and is projected to have a capacity of about 1.0 million bpd by 2021.
Existing shareholders in ADMA-OPCO are BP plc with 14.67 percent, Total SA with 13.33 percent and Japan Oil Development Co with 12 percent.
(Reporting by Stanley Carvalho in Abu Dhabi and Rania El Gamal in Dubai; Additional reporting by Nidhi Verma; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Richard Borsuk)