Shell’s merger with BG receives Australian antitrust clearance

Royal Dutch Shell plc’s combination with BG Group plc has received unconditional merger clearance from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Together with the previously announced clearances in Brazil and the EU, three of the five preconditions to the combination have now been satisfied. The two remaining pre-conditional clearances are from Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM).

Commenting on the ACCC clearance, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said, “The addition of BG’s integrated gas assets in Australia to Shell’s global portfolio is one of the main strategic drivers behind the recommended combination, making ACCC approval a major step forward for the deal. The Shell BG combination is a sign of Shell’s confidence in the Australian economy. It’s also a springboard to change Shell into a simpler, more profitable, and resilient company in a world where oil prices could remain low for some time.”

Shell says that the filing process in China continues to progress well and that the merger remains on track for completion in early 2016.

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