Greece's privatization agency mulls stake sale in Hellenic Petroleum

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece’s privatization agency is considering selling a stake in the country’s biggest oil refiner Hellenic Petroleum, Hellenic said on Friday.

The agency has reviewed the possibility of selling a stake in Hellenic Petroleum via the Athens Stock Exchange but has not decided the exact stake to be sold or the sale price, Hellenic said in a statement.

The agency holds a 35.5% stake in Hellenic, which operates three refineries in Greece and has been licensed to look for oil in several regions across the country. Paneuropean Oil and Industrial Holding is the major shareholder, with a 45.5% stake.

A previous effort by Greece to sell a 50.1% in Hellenic jointly with Paneuropean stalled in April as no binding bids were submitted.

Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise