PetroChina for closer ties with BP
CHINA: Chinese oil giant PetroChina has said it would “welcome”
closer ties with BP as the British energy group battles to contain the
massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, a report said Monday.
Mao Zefeng, head of investor relations at PetroChina, told the
Financial Times that the company’s first reaction to BP’s problems in
the Gulf of Mexico was to see how it could “help BP to quickly fix the
problem”. “We contacted them to see if there is anything we can help
with in terms of engineering or technical help,” Mao said.
The official declined to discuss possible financial assistance,
saying: “We have no comment on market rumours. But if there was some
opportunity to work more closely together, we would welcome that.”
Mao and other officials at PetroChina were not immediately available
to comment on the report.
Chinese energy companies have this year invested billions of dollars
on overseas acquisitions, including a deal by China’s top refiner
Sinopec in April to acquire a stake in a Canadian oil sands project for
4.65 billion dollars. PetroChina — which is listed in New York, Hong
Kong and Shanghai — said in May that it would invest 60 billion dollars
abroad over the next decade in order to secure much-needed resources to
fuel China’s red-hot economy.