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Rosneft Acquires 50% of Ruhr Oel GmbH

Rosneft announced today that it has closed its acquisition of 50% of Ruhr Oel GmbH from the Venezuelan state oil company Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA).

The European Commission approved acquisition by Rosneft of a 50% stake in Ruhr Oel on March 11, 2011.

The acquisition agreements took effect from May 1, 2011 following completion of necessary closing documentation and procedures. The initial transaction agreements were signed in the Kremlin on 15 October 2010 in the presence of the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Hugo Chavez.

Commenting on the signed documents, the President of Rosneft Oil Company, Eduard Khudainatov, said: “This is a step towards strengthening of Rosneft’s positions on priority foreign markets. The acquisition means that about 18% of our refining capacity will be located in Europe’s industrial heartland, giving Rosneft access to petroleum product and petrochemical markets in Germany and neighboring countries. By developing cooperation with our partners at BP, Rosneft plans to strengthen the positions of Ruhr Oel by supplying it with Rosneft crude oil, and to enrich our own refining and petrochemical business with the latest European experience and most up-to-date technologies. Completion of the deal exemplifies the long-established partnership relations between Rosneft and BP, which are cemented by many years of joint work.”

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