HOUSTON, March 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Benton Oil and Gas Company (NYSE: BNO - news) said today that its sale of its entire interest in Arctic Gas Company to a nominee of the Yukos Oil Company for $190 million has received the requisite consents from the Russian Ministry for Antimonopoly Policy and Entrepreneurship. Benton expects that all aspects of the transaction will be completed within three weeks.
Benton's President and CEO, Dr. Peter J. Hill, said, "We welcome the news that the sale of our interest in Arctic Gas can now proceed. This transaction, when closed, marks the beginning of a new era for our company. With a much strengthened balance sheet, we will be better able to exploit our remaining strategic assets in Russia and our attractive position in Venezuela."
Benton Oil and Gas Company, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is an independent oil and gas exploration and development company with principal operations in Venezuela and Russia.
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