* Petrovietnam seeks to attract $7bln from European
* Dung Quat refinery to raise capacity to up to 12 mln
* Nghi Son plant expected to sign EPC contract in Dec
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HANOI, Nov 14 Vietnam state oil and gas group
Petrovietnam seeks investment of $7-$7.5 billion from European
firms to help fund eight major projects, including the country's
first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, a senior executive
"We will receive the government's loan guarantee for the
power projects, and the foreign investors will have the
government's support in converting local currency to foreign
exchange," Nguyen Tien Dung, Petrovietnam vice president, said
The Thi Vai LNG receiving terminal, Nam Con Son 2 gas
pipeline, three thermal power plants and Phuoc An port are among
the projects offered, the Hanoi-based group said in a separate
Petrovietnam has been calling for investment in the past few
years to fund several dozen projects including expansion of its
existing refinery and plans to build a third, nine power plants
and a series of upstream projects domestically and overseas.
Last year it offered Japanese firms the opportunity to join
in the development of about 20 oil and gas blocks in the South
China Sea and infrastructure projects worth a combined $24.8
Dung Quat, the nation's sole oil refinery, aims to raise its
capacity to as much as 12 million tonnes a year, or 240,000
barrels per day (bpd), from an initial plan of 10 million
tonnes, Dung said.
"We have been seeking strategic partners who would buy the
stakes in the plant and ensure its crude oil supply after the
expansion," he said.
Investors from Japan, Singapore, Russia, Venezuela, Korea
have shown interest, he said.
State media have reported that Japan's JX Nippon Oil and
Energy Corp and Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA could sign a
memorandum of understanding with Petrovietnam to join the
expansion plan. The head of the refinery said the companies have
shown interest but there have been no negotiations with them.
The 135,000 bpd plant will mix 30 percent of imported crude
oil with domestically pumped oil, instead of 10 percent at
present, as output declines from the domestic fields that supply
the facility, Dung said.
Output from the Bach Ho (White Tiger) field, which provides
most of the sweet crude to the plant, has fallen to 5-6 million
tonnes a year from a peak of more than 10 million tonnes.
Petrovietnam has also been pushing up the construction date
of a second refinery, Nghi Son, Dung said.
Investors in the plant aim to sign the engineering,
procurement and construction contract with the contractor in
December and start construction shortly after that, he said.
Idemitsu Kosan Co, Japan's third-largest refiner, has said
it is delaying a final investment decision on the Nghi Son
refinery and does not expect to start operations until 2016,
instead of the earlier target date of 2014.
(Reporting by Ngo Thi Ngoc Chau; editing by Jane Baird)