* Maintains no liability
* But CEO says could come to the table
(Corrects name of Japanese company in paragraph 4)
HOUSTON May 3 Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC.N),
part owner of BP Plc's (BP.L) (BP.N) blown out Gulf of Mexico
well, said on Tuesday it may settle some oil spill claims even
though the oil and gas company maintains it holds no liability
for the accident.
"We feel very strongly about our position, but we're
prepared to come to the table under the right circumstances,"
Jim Hackett, Anadarko's chief executive officer, told analysts
on a conference call.
Anadarko owns 25 percent of the Macondo well that ruptured
last year and caused the world's worst marine oil spill. BP is
the well's operator.
Anadarko also told analysts it recently sold 10 percent of
its interest in offshore blocks in Liberia and and Sierra Leone
to Japan's Mitsubishi Corp (8058.T).
Shares of Anadarko, which reported better-than-expected
first-quarter results on Monday, were unchanged at $80.35 in
midday trading on the New York Stock Exchange, outperforming an
1.5 percent drop in the CBOE index of oil companies .OIX.
(Reporting by Anna Driver in Houston; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)