Statoil collaborated with Hydro in the acquisition process and, in return for its shareholding in Saga, received 25 per cent of the company’s total assets.
As a listed company, Hydro was freer to implement a take-over than Statoil. The latter acquired holdings in a number of licences on both Norwegian and British continental shelves, and the operatorship for Halten Bank South – with the Kristin field – in the Norwegian Sea. In accordance with the take-over deal, Statoil also became operator on 1 January 2003 for the Snorre, Vigdis, Tordis and Visund fields. The company secured Saga’s 1.6 per cent holding in Statfjord, boosting its overall interest from 42.73 to 44.34 per cent.
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Store Norske Leksikon.