Oil & Gas

Billionaire owner of Ineos snaps up North Sea fields

The billionaire owner of Grangemouth made his first move into the North Sea buying up gas fields from a Russian oligarch just days before the sale breached a government-imposed deadline. Jim Ratcliffe, chairman and chief executive of Ineos, is thought to have paid up to £500million for 12 fields from Mikhail Fridman, who had been forced to sell the assets by the UK government. Mr Fridman’s firm, LetterOne Group (L1) had initially paid £3.8billion to buy Dea, the upstream oil and gas business of German utility RWE in a deal which closed in March.

Oil & Gas

Russian billionaire looks to Norwegian sector after government push to sell North Sea assets

Talks are taking place between Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman’s LetterOne Group about purchasing stakes in a number of Norwegian oil and gas fields, according to reports. According to the Financial Times the company is looking to gain assets owned by Eon in a deal estimated to be worth $1billion. The move signals a break away from the UKCS after the government urged LetterOne to sell North Sea assets.