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Arrow Energy accepts Shell bid

ARROW Energy has agreed to sell its Australian coal-seam gas assets to Shell PetroChina for an improved offer of $3.1bn (£2.8bn).

The revised takeover offer, which needs approval from Australian regulators and Arrow shareholders, is up from $2.96bn.

Under the deal, Arrow will spin off its assets outside Australia – including interests in China, India, Vietnam and Indonesia, into a new company, Dart Energy.

The accepted offer came too weeks after an initial offer was deemed unacceptable.

Shell's chairman in the region Russell Caplan said: "I can tell you, it was not an easy discussion."

Shell and PetroChina are now offering A$4.70 a share in cash for Arrow's Australian assets plus one share in listed Dart Energy.