Occidental Middle East stake sale hits dead end -Bloomberg

July 2 Wed Jul 2, 2014 8:57pm EDT

July 2 (Reuters) - Occidental Petroleum Corp has failed to sell a stake in its Middle East business and now plans to sell some assets piece by piece, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

The oil and gas producer had said in October last year that it planned to sell a minority stake in its Middle East and North African operations as part of a restructuring program to lift its valuation.

However, Bloomberg reported in March that there were delays in the process due to regional disputes over the Muslim Brotherhood.

Reuters in early December reported that three state-owned Gulf firms, including Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Development Co , Qatar Petroleum and Oman Oil Co, were considering a joint bid for the unit, in a deal that could be worth between $8 billion and $10 billion.

Occidental may get as much as $1 billion for smaller, partial sales, one of the people told Bloomberg. (bloom.bg/1pXYwS8)

"We continue to make progress on our discussions with our partners in the Middle East for the sale of a portion of our interests in the region," Occidental spokeswoman Melissa Schoeb said.

Mubadala Development, Qatar Petroleum and Oman Oil could not be reached for comment outside regular business hours. (Reporting by Abhirup Roy in Bangalore)

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