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ONGC, Oil India unlikely to buy Petronas' stake in Venezuela project - sources

A technician opens a pressure gas valve inside the Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) group gathering station on the outskirts of Ahmedabad March 2, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - ONGC (NSI:ONGC.NS - News) and Oil India (NSI:OIL.NS - News) are unlikely to buy an 11 percent stake being shed by Malaysian state firm Petronas (PETR.UL) in Venezuela's Petrocarabobo petroleum project, sources close to the companies said on Tuesday.

ONGC may not want to up its share as it is already seeking to raise debt to fund recent acquisitions in Mozambique, one of the sources said. Another source said Oil and Natural Gas Corp is studying the possibility of buying Petronas' stake.

A source at Oil India also said his company was unlikely to buy Petronas' stake.

Both sources declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the subject.

Oil India, ONGC, Indian Oil (IOC.NS) and Spain's Repsol (MCE:REP.MC - News) are all partners in a consortium with Petronas that holds a 40 percent stake in the project. All of the companies involved in the project, including PDVSA, have pre-emption rights to the Petronas stake, the sources said.

ONGC has an 11 percent stake in the project while Oil India and Indian Oil Corp (IOC.NS) hold 3.5 percent each.

(Reporting by Nidhi Verma; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)