Germany Could Stop RWE Unit Sale

Posted by Joseph R. Fonseca
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman

Germany's Economy Ministry is investigating whether to block the sale of RWE's oil and gas unit DEA to a group of investors led by Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman, a spokeswoman said.

The German government has never previously made use of a clause in its foreign trade law, under which it could stop the deal announced earlier this year if there were concrete signs it threatened "public safety and order".

"An investigation has been started. It is an open-ended investigation (to find out) whether there are conditions for prohibiting the deal under the foreign trade accord," a spokeswoman for the Economy Ministry told Reuters.

Spiegel magazine on Sunday reported the ministry had started to look into the deal following fresh information but did not give further details. The ministry spokeswoman declined to comment on the information.

Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel told RWE chief Peter Terium about the investigation on Friday, Spiegel said.

"We have been informed about the investigation and are awaiting its result," a RWE spokeswoman told Reuters, adding the company still expected to finalise the deal this year.

The 5.1 billion euro ($6.9 billion) deal came under criticism from senior German politicians in March, as relations between Russia and the West deteriorated over Ukraine.

STRATEGIC RESERVES

The sale will hand Fridman, Russia's second-richest man, and other co-investors stakes in about 190 oil and gas licenses or concessions inEurope, the Middle East and North Africa.

Norbert Roettgen, head of the Bundestag's foreign committee, from Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives said when the deal was announced it did not "fit into the landscape now".

Germany currently receives more than a third of its gas and oil fromRussia.

More than 6,000 German companies are active in the country and business associations and trade bodies have warned an escalation in tensions over Ukraine would result in catastrophic losses for firms.

RWE, like other German utilities, is struggling to adjust to a power sector shake-up as Germany moves away from nuclear energy. The shake-up has more than halved the debt-burdened firm's market value in four years.

Under pressure from a deep and prolonged industry crisis, caused by a surge in rivals' renewable capacity as well as weak energy demand in its core market Europe, RWE has been looking for ways to reduce its debt pile of more than 30 billion euros, including cutting jobs and shedding assets.

(Reporting by Annika Breidthardt, Tom Kaeckenhoff and Matthias Sobolewski; Editing by Sophie Hares)

($1 = 0.7345 Euros)

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