BP says wins green light for Brazilian purchase

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BP said on Wednesday that regulators had approved its $7.0 billion (4.9-billion-euro) purchase of Brazilian energy assets from Devon Energy.

"BP today announced it has received final approval to complete the purchase of ten exploration and production blocks in Brazil from Devon Energy," the company said in a statement.

"The regulatory approvals from the Brazilian National Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP) were the last required to conclude the agreement announced in March last year," BP said in a statement.

"It is expected formal completion of the acquisition will take place shortly," the group added.

The news comes as BP seeks to move on from last year's catastrophic and costly Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.

"We are pleased to receive the approvals," added BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley.

"The completion of this acquisition delivers a material position in some of Brazil's most important hydrocarbon basins and reinforces the group's strategy of securing strong exploration positions in such basins and working with strong national champions."

The transaction also comes two months after BP won majority control of Brazilian producer of ethanol and sugar CNAA for $680 million, amid rising demand for alternative energy.

Ethanol, made using sugar, is widely used in Brazil as a cheaper alternative to gasoline, or motor fuel.

"BP's return to exploration and production operations in Brazil adds to the investments already being made by other BP group companies in the country; in biofuels, lubricants and aviation fuels, highlighting the strategic importance of Brazil for BP," the London-listed energy giant added on Wednesday.

© 2011 AFP

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