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TNK closes deal on transferring Chernogorneft back to Sidanco.

November 26, 2001. TAG: Other

Russia's third-largest oil company Tyumen Oil Company /TNK/ will finally transfer the assets of TNK-Nizhnevartovsk / formerly known as Chernogorneft/ to Russia's oil company Sidanco under an agreement signed between TNK and Sidanco on Monday, TNK reported in a statement. TNK acquired Chernogorneft in a controversial 1999 bankruptcy auction. In the summer of 2001, TNK purchased a 44% stake in Sidanco from Russia's industrial and financial group Interros and 40% from the Cyprus-based offshore company Kantupan Holdings, as part of reclaiming Chernogorneft's assets. Analysts said TNK was estimated to have paid as much as U.S. $1.25 billion in cash for the 84% stake. At this point, TNK holds 86% in Sidanco, but recently conceded governance of the company to the U.K.'s BP PLC, which holds 10% in Sidanco, under a memorandum of understanding signed earlier this year.

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