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Scotiabank, Citi Hired To Sell Vale's Oil, Gas Assets--Source

SAO PAULO -(Dow Jones)- Brazilian mining giant Vale SA (VALE, VALE5.BR) has hired Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS, BNS.T) and Citigroup Inc. (C) to help sell its oil and gas exploration blocks in Brazil, according to a person familiar with the transaction. Earlier, Bloomberg News cited one person as saying that Vale's oil exploration fields may be worth as much as $1 billion, without divulging the source. A source that Dow Jones Newswires spoke to declined to confirm the $1 billion figure, and wouldn't specify how much the blocks could be worth. A spokeswoman for Vale couldn't immediately be reached for comment. A spokesman for Citigroup declined comment for this article. A spokeswoman for Scotiabank couldn't be reached for comment. Vale holds minority stakes in 18 oil and gas exploration blocks in the Santos, Espirito Santo, Para-Maranhao and Parnabaiba basins. In 2007, it spent $1 billion in purchasing stakes in nine blocks in a government auction, later doubling its holdings via purchases from private companies. In most of the blocks, Vale is a partner with state-controlled Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PBR, PETR4.BR), which may have preferential purchase rights if Vale sells its holdings. Vale officials have said the firm may keep some natural gas assets to use at its own operations. Earlier this month, Vale's chief executive Murilo Ferreira said the company would make a decision on the possible sale of its oil and gas assets by the middle of this year. -By Matthew Cowley, Dow Jones Newswires; +55 11 3544 7082; matthew.cowley@dowjones.com -Rogerio Jelmayer in Sao Paulo, Diana Kinch in Rio de Janeiro and Angel Gonzalez in Houston contributed.

Stock News for Companhia Vale Do Rio Doce (VALE)
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04/15/201417:02:39ADR Shares End Lower; Infosys, Diageo Shares Active
04/15/201413:06:06Brazil's Vale Secures Loan Package From BNDES -- Update
04/15/201410:02:19Brazil's Vale Secures BRL6.2 Billion Loan Package From BNDES
04/11/201409:43:44Brazil's CVM Authorizes IADB to Issue Debt in Local Markets
04/09/201408:44:34BSG Resources, Vale Face Loss of Guinea Licenses -- Update
04/08/201413:20:03Veolia Seeks More Revenue from Mining Industry's Water, Waste...
04/02/201418:27:45Vale Suspends Transporting Coal From Mozambique Mines -- Update
04/02/201416:55:18ADR Shares End Higher; Noah Education Shares Active
04/02/201415:58:33Vale Suspends Coal Shipments From Mozambique Mines
03/19/201412:23:43Vale Says Stock Price Pressured by China Worries
03/11/201417:21:55ADR Shares End Lower; Vale, Barclays Shares Active
03/11/201413:41:59Brazil's Petrobras Reveals BRL8.77 Billion in Tax Disputes
03/04/201417:13:52Glencore Xstrata Posts Large Loss -- 2nd Update
02/27/201414:51:43Brazil's Vale Doesn't Foresee New Debt Issuance This Year
02/27/201413:04:26Brazil's Vale Develops Green Iron Ore To Reduce China Emissions
02/27/201412:33:45Brazil's Vale Sees Ebitda In Base-Metals Division Surging
02/27/201407:21:49Falling Iron-Ore Prices Pinch Producers -- Update
02/26/201421:58:20Vale Posts Smallest Annual Profit Since Privatization -- Update
02/26/201420:30:25Brazil's Vale Posts Its Biggest Loss
02/26/201419:46:50Brazil's Vale Sees Chinese Economic Growth Gradually Slowing...

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