Coming up

Don't miss




US strategy to combat the Islamic State group

Read more


Nigeria attack: Bomb blast in college in Kano

Read more


'It's No Go' as Scotland rejects independence

Read more


Scotland's relationship status: 'It's complicated'

Read more


Scotland Referendum: Will They Stay or Will They Go?

Read more


Hollande Press Conference: French President Tackles Record Unpopularity

Read more


Cleaning up Thailand's shady surrogacy industry

Read more


The Biennale des Antiquaires: Where Miro meets million-dollar jewellery and antiques

Read more


Attacks on migrants in Tangiers and unwelcome stares from men in Cairo

Read more


BP courts foreign wealth in wake of Gulf of Mexico disaster

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-07-07

BP chief executive Tony Hayward (pictured) was to visit Abu Dhabi on Wednesday amid reports the company is courting foreign sovereign wealth funds following the havoc the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has wreaked on the environment and BP's share price.

AFP - BP's chief executive Tony Hayward was in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday amid speculation Britain's oil giant is seeking support from foreign sovereign wealth funds in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

"It is a private visit" to the capital of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates, a BP official told AFP.

He gave no details on the visit to the home base of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, considered the world's largest sovereign wealth fund with assets of more than 600 billion dollars.

In London, a BP spokesman said on Tuesday that Hayward was visiting "our important partners" amid speculation it was seeking help to cope with the soaring spill costs in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Our chief executive is on a general series of visits to our important partners," he said.

The company is reportedly seeking the support of foreign sovereign wealth funds in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster and the resulting collapse in its share price.

Reports say securing the support of sovereign wealth funds could stave off a possible takeover bid for BP from a major competitor such as Exxon, Shell or Total.

Hayward was in Baku on Tuesday where he reassured Azerbaijan of BP's commitment to energy projects in that country despite rising costs from the oil spill, now put at some three billion dollars.

BP has said it can cope with the soaring cost without asking existing shareholders for cash but he company has also indicated that it would welcome new shareholders.

Date created : 2010-07-07

  • USA

    BP shares rise as oil spill hits Texas coastline

    Read more


    BP oil spill bill tops 3 billion dollars

    Read more

  • USA

    'A Whale' vessel tested in BP oil clean-up effort

    Read more