Hellenic is Europe's third-biggest refiner by market value; May 18 deadline set for 'expressions of interest.'
Greece on Wednesday launched an international tender to sell a majority stake in Hellenic Petroleum
as part of its third international bailout.
Greece's privatisation agency said it will sell no less than 50.1 percent in the country's biggest oil refiner and interested investors must submit expressions of interest by May 18.
Major shareholders Greece
and Paneuropean Oil and Industrial Holding agreed this month to divest at least 50.1 percent of the company.
Hellenic is Europe's third biggest oil refiner based on its market value of 2.6 billion euros.
Paneuropean Oil owns 45.5 percent of Hellenic and Athens holds a 35.5 percent stake.
In the tender document published on its website, the privatisation agency said the sale will be an all cash transaction.
The stake that each of the main shareholders will divest will be specified at a later stage, when short-listed investors will be invited to submit binding offers, the agency said.
Would-be suitors need to have at least three years of experience in the oil and gas industry, while in the case of a consortium, at least one member must meet this requirement.
Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou