Apache seeking financing to buy BP assets - report

NEW YORK Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:42pm BST

A British Petroleum (BP) logo is seen reflected in a car mirror at a petrol station in south London April 27, 2010. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A British Petroleum (BP) logo is seen reflected in a car mirror at a petrol station in south London April 27, 2010.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil and gas producer Apache Corp (APA.N) is seeking $6 billion (3.9 billion pounds) to $7 billion financing to purchase up to $10 billion in assets from BP Plc (BP.L) in a deal that could be announced next week, CNBC reported on Thursday.

The deal could include major BP assets in Alaska, and the oil major was inquiring with its partners about their rights of first refusal to buy those assets, CNBC reported.

BP has said it could sell $10 billion in assets to raise funds to help cover its liabilities from gushing Macondo well that ruptured in April and continues to spread oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

Spokesmen for BP and Apache declined to comment.

BP had leased the Transocean Ltd-owned rig (RIGN.VX) (RIG.N) that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, causing a catastrophic oil spill.

Earlier this week, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters that BP was in talks with Apache and other companies to sell assets, and the Wall Street Journal reported that the deal could include BP's stakes in its Alaskan oil fields.

BP owns stakes in the Prudhoe Bay, Kuparuk, Mine Point and other fields in Alaska that contributed 181,000 barrels of oil production per day on average in 2009.

Apache shares fell to a low of $84.30 on Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange before moving higher to $84.83, down 2.3 percent. BP shares on the New York Stock Exchange were up 2.49 percent to $37.08 in early afternoon trading.

(Reporting by Matt Daily and Anna Driver)

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