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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 September 2018

Total sells oilfield stake to Kuwait for $317m

French major divest its remaining 15 per cent interest in the Gina Krog field in Norway

Total has divested its stake in a Norwegian oilfield to Kuwait.Thomas White/Illustration/Reuters
Total has divested its stake in a Norwegian oilfield to Kuwait.Thomas White/Illustration/Reuters

The French oil major Total said on Monday it has agreed to sell its remaining stake in a Norwegian oilfield to Kuwait so that it can focus on its recent acquisition of Denmark's Maersk Oil.

"Total has signed an agreement to divest its remaining 15 per cent interest in the Gina Krog field in Norway to Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (Kufpec)," Total said.

"In the framework of our portfolio management and optimization of the allocation of capital, we have decided to fully divest our interest in the Gina Krog project and focus on other opportunities in Norway," said Total's head of exploration and production, Arnaud Breuillac.

"With the recent acquisition of Maersk Oil & Gas, the group's position in the North Sea will be significantly strengthened, in particular in Norway."

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Total announced on August 21 that it would buy Maersk Oil for US$7.45 billion, making it the second-largest operator in the North Sea, with substantial operations in Britain, Norway and Denmark.

For its part, Kufpec said said the deal was valued at $317 million.

Total already sold a 15 per cent stake Gina Krog to Kuwait in 2016. It put the combined value of both that deal and the latest one at more than $600m.

The Gina Krog field is situated in the North Sea and is controlled by Norwegian major Statoil.

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