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A tale of setbacks as Venezuela’s Citgo heads to US auction 


Reuters exclusively reports that for the past four years, the United States protected oil refiner Citgo Petroleum from creditors seeking to seize Venezuela’s foreign crown jewel for billions of dollars in claims. But on Monday, a U.S. judge will kick off an auction expected to place the Houston-based company in the hands of rivals or investors.

Market Impact

Now, the forced auction, which involves a parent whose only asset is the refining firm, offers potential for raising some $13 billion to pay a small number of a long list of Venezuela-linked creditors, according to official estimates. Few companies are expected to be able to bid for the entire business: three refineries, six pipelines, and 4,200 independent gasoline retailers. The sale could become the biggest court auction ever held. Bidders are expected to include Marathon Petroleum (MPC.N), Saudi-owned Motiva Enterprises, Valero Energy (VLO.N) and Koch Industries. Infrastructure investors might also place bids, according to people close to the matter. 

Article Tags

Topics of Interest: Energy

Type: Reuters Best

Sectors: Commodities & Energy

Regions: Americas

Countries: Venezuela

Win Types: Exclusivity

Story Types: Exclusive / Scoop

Media Types: Text

Customer Impact: Important Regional Story


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