Subsea sales

Halliburton has reached an agreement in principle to sell its 50% interest in Subsea 7 to its joint venture partner, Siem Offshore, for $200 million in cash.

Subsea 7 is an international subsea engineering contractor for offshore oil and gas developments. The company has offshore operations supported out of the UK, Norway, Middle East, West Africa, Singapore, Australia, Brazil, United States and the Caspian and employs 3,000 people world-wide.

It has a fleet of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), four pipeline construction yards and 14 ships capable of deepwater reeled and flexible pipelay, deepwater subsea construction and saturation diving.

The transaction is subject to several conditions prior to completion including the buyer’s financing of the purchase price and the applicable regulatory approvals.

The deal is expected to close no later than January 7, 2005 and to result in a pre-tax gain for Halliburton of approximately $115 million.

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