* Maintains no liability
* But CEO says could come to the table (Corrects name of Japanese company in paragraph 4)
HOUSTON, May 3 (Reuters) - 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)