UPDATE 1-BP says sees support from govts after oil spill

* BP may bid for Brazil licences, work with Petrobras

* Hopes for OK on Devon Energy Brazilian asset buy soon

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By Tom Bergin

LONDON, Dec 2 (BestGrowthStock) – BP (BP.L: ) continues to receive the
backing of governments around the world after its Gulf of Mexico
oil spill, Chief Executive Bob Dudley told employees in an
e-mail on Thursday, even as doubts remain around its U.S.
business.

Dudley said recent visits to Brazil and Trinidad and Tobago
showed resource holders were not afraid of doing business with
BP. “We still enjoy the respect of key governments,” he said.

On Monday, Brazil’s state oil regulator, ANP, said it would
wait until 2011 to decide whether to approve BP’s proposed
purchase of Devon Energy’s offshore oil blocks.

Haroldo Lima, director general of the ANP, told Reuters in
an interview it was still awaiting specific information it had
sought from BP, chiefly about its strategy and intentions in
Brazilian oil as well as more details about the recent oil rig
disaster in Gulf of Mexico.

Analysts said they had expected the deal, announced in
March, to close sooner.

“Brazil is particularly significant for us as we are
preparing to operate in the deepwater there … I am hopeful
that approval will be granted in the near future,” Dudley said.

BP wants to expand in Brazil and has held talks with state
oil company Petrobras (PETR4.SA: ) about working together further
and is considering participating in bidding for exploration
rights, including some for very deep areas below the salt layer,
Dudley said.
(Editing by David Holmes)

UPDATE 1-BP says sees support from govts after oil spill