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China Okays Shell, BG Merger

China Okays Shell, BG MergerChina Okays Shell, BG Merger

China has given unconditional clearance to a proposed merger between Royal Dutch Shell and BG Group, clearing the final key regulatory hurdle for the $70-billion tie-up, Shell said on Monday, CNBC reported. The clearance means the pre-conditional approval process is complete, the Anglo-Dutch company said in a statement. Prior to the approval, industry sources told Reuters that Chinese authorities were pressing Shell to sweeten long-term gas supply contracts as the world’s top energy consumer faces a large surplus of the supplies as a demand boom at home falters. “We will now seek approval from both sets of shareholders as we move towards deal completion in early 2016,” Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said, according to the company statement. Australia approved the merger earlier this month, leaving China as the last regulatory hurdle to the deal. Together with BG, Shell would supply around 30% of China’s natural gas imports by 2017.