Eni, HitecVision-backed Var seeks $1 billion for production vessel, source says

LONDON (Reuters) - Norwegian oil and gas producer Var Energi, backed by Eni ENI.MI and private equity firm HitecVision, is seeking around $1 billion (778.33 million pounds) for its Jotun production ship, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Var would then lease the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, which has been upgraded recently, to extend production at its Balder field, the source added.

Eni owns around 70% of Var, currently producing around 300,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, and HitecVision the rest, although the two hold equal voting rights.

The sale plan was first reported by Bloomberg. HitecVision, Var and Eni had no immediate comment.

Reporting by Shadia Nasralla; editing by Jason Neely