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Shell BG purchase deal approved by shareholders

Over 80 per cent of shareholders approved the $49 billion Shell BG deal

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The Shell BG merger will be voted on by BG shareholders on Thursday.

LONDON _ Royal Dutch Shell shareholders have overwhelmingly backed the 34 billion pound ($49 billion) bid to buy BG Group, despite a slide in oil prices that have had some critics wondering about the wisdom of the mega-deal.

More than 80 per cent of shareholders approved the Shell BG purchaseĀ on Wednesday. The deal will boost Shell’s oil and gas reserves by 25 per cent and increase its presence in the fast-growing liquefied natural gas market.

BG shareholders vote on the offer Thursday. If approved, the deal’s final value will be determined Feb. 15.

Shell CEO Ben Van Beurden says he’s delighted with the “confidence that shareholders have shown in the strategic logic” of the deal.

The international price of crude oil has plunged from over $100 a barrel in 2014 to around $31 a barrel.

The Canadian Press

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