Qatar In Talks To Boost Shell Stake To 7%

Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund wants to boost its stake in Shell to 7%, MEES learns. This would strengthen ties with the firm that has flagship gas-to-liquids (GTL) and LNG projects in the country, and investments in Iraq.

Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), is in talks with Shell to boost its stake in the oil major from almost 3% to 7%. Under UK regulations QIA would be required to disclose any holding of 3% or more. On 7 September Shell had a market capitalization of $228bn, which would value a 7% stake at $16bn (continued on page 18).

In May MEES revealed that QIA had bought its first stake in Shell, continuing the swing away from its initial mandate to diversify from energy. QIA’s energy buying spree started last year – with stakes in European utility firms Energias de Portugal and Spanish electricity supplier Iberdrola. Qatar Holding, the investment arm of QIA, also owns a 3% stake in Total (MEES 14 May). (CONTINUED - 1535 WORDS)