Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sri Lanka buys Shell LP Gas unit

Nov 03, 2010 (LBO) - Sri Lanka's government has bought liquefied petroleum gas distribution operations of Royal Dutch Shell in the island for 63 million US dollars, officials said.

Hiran Seneviratne, a company official, said the agreement was signed at 11.00 am.

Sri Lanka bought a 51 percent stake in Shell Gas Lanka, which is a distributor in which the government already has 49 percent stake, and a 100 percent stake in a storage terminal company.

Sirisena Amarasekera, a senior government official who heads a state committee in charge of the deal said out of the total of 63 million US dollars paid for the Shell units, 6.3 million US dollars would be set aside to deal with potential issues related to workers.

Petroleum minister Susil Premajayanth said yesterday that there was management expertise within the gas distributor to run it and he did not see a need to bring in outside management.

Shell is selling out of regional gas distributorships as part of its global strategy. Sri Lanka's information minister Keheliya Rambukwella said earlier that the government intends to list the firm in the stock market after buying out Shell.

An earlier government statement said the firm had a capital of 37.9 million US dollars and 65 million US dollars had been invested by Shell in the terminal company.
Another 24 million US dollars had been invested in building other infrastructure.

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