Total SA mengatakan perusahaan telah menyetujui untuk menjual seluruh 6.4% sahamnya dalam joint venture Gassled, Norwegian Gas Transportation Network, dan bisnis terkait kepada Silex Gas Norway AS, sebuah unit dari German insurer Allianz SE, senilai 4.64 milyar kroner ($870 juta dolar).

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‘Ownership of Norwegian midstream gas transportation assets is no longer a core business, and so this sale constitutes part of the group’s ongoing optimization of its portfolio,” said Patrice de Vivies, Total senior vice-president, exploration and production, northern Europe.

“Total remains fully committed to its long term presence in the exploration and production of oil and gas in Norway,’ de Vivies added.

Gassled, a JV formed in 2003, owns the integrated gas transportation grid and processing facilities on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Gassled transports gas from the producing fields to consumers on the European continent and in the UK.

Earlier this week, Solveig Gas Norway AS, a holding company, agreed to buy a 24.1% direct and indirect stake in Gassled joint venture from Statoil ASA for $3.25 billion.