VLADIVOSTOK, Russia Russia may consider privatization of the country's largest oil firm Rosneft (ROSN.MM) and its small rival Bashneft (BANE.MM) "as an integrated project", First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said on Saturday in a televised interview.
"There is a proposal from the advisers to consider the privatization of Rosneft and Bashneft in one take, a bit separated by time but in one united project," Shuvalov he told a Rossiya-24 TV news channel.
Italy's biggest retail bank Intesa Sanpaolo (ISP.MI) is advising on the sale of Rosneft. Russia's second-largest bank VTB (VTBR.MM) has submitted its proposal on Bashneft's stake sale.
After privatization of a 19.5-percent stake, the government will keep 50 percent plus one share in Rosneft, the world's largest oil firm by reserves among listed companies.
The sale of a 50 percent plus one share in Bashneft was unexpectedly mothballed in August, with the government saying that privatization of Rosneft is a priority.
Shuvalov said there have been several proposals from the advisers on how to sell the stakes, including privatization of Rosneft first and then Bashneft, or the other way around.
"If (market) conditions stay the same for the next two-three months, we will be able to complete the deals," he said.
Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Saturday that Rosneft's sale was "a highly probable scenario" this year and that there was a huge interest in the privatization, including from China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).
Ulyukayev said earlier that a valuation of around $11 billion for the stake in Russian oil producer Rosneft (ROSN.MM) that the government plans to privatize was close to reality
(Reporting by Lidia Kelly, writing by Denis Pinchuk)