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Samaraneftegaz Sale Slated for May 10

Yukos' production and refining assets near the Volga River will be sold May 10 at a bankruptcy auction, the Federal Property Fund said Saturday in a notice published in Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

The lot includes Samaraneftegaz, an oil-production unit in Samara region, about 800 kilometers southeast of Moscow, and the Samara refineries of Novokuibyshev, Kuibyshev and Syzran.

State energy giants Rosneft and Gazprom are considered the favorites to snap up the lot, probably via intermediary companies.

Bids will be taken from April 9 to May 7, and the starting price is 154.09 billion rubles ($5.93 billion).

The Samara refineries processed 19.7 million tons of oil last year, according to government figures.

Italy's Eni and Enel won Yukos' 20 percent stake in Gazprom's oil arm and its gas assets with a $5.8 billion bid at an April 4 auction. Gazprom plans to buy the stake in its oil unit, Gazprom Neft, and most of the gas units within two years. Rosneft won the March 27 auction for 9.4 percent of its own shares with a $7.6 billion bid.

Rossiiskaya Gazeta also carried a notice that Yukos' headquarters in central Moscow will be auctioned as part of a lot on May 11. Bids will be accepted from April 9 to May 8, and the starting price is 22.07 billion rubles.

Another lot to be formed out of Yukos' oil-product retail assets, including its filling station chain, will also be sold on May 10, a notice from the property fund said. The retail lot will have a starting price of 7.74 billion rubles ($300 million), and bids will be taken from April 9 through May 7.

(The Moscow Times 09.iv.07)

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