The owner of British Gas is spinning off its oil and gas production business into a new joint venture with Bayerngas Norge, of Germany, with a view to a potential initial public offering within two to five years. The deal forms part of a strategic shift by Iain Conn, Centrica’s chief executive, to focus on its core customer- facing businesses and to reduce its exposure to the exploration and production operations pursued by Sam Laidlaw, his predecessor. The new, yet-to-be-named company will boast the biggest production of any independent European explorer and producer, ahead of the likes of Aker BP, Maersk Oil, Chrysaor and Neptune, Mr Laidlaw’s new company.
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