The plot is thickening as the players don their pads for what ultimately could be a wild and wooly tussle for the rights to buy Dallas-based Kosmos Energy's stake in Ghana's big offshore Jubilee field.
Here's why: Goldman apparently is now advising BP
The Chinese company apparently has made an offer to the Ghanaian government to make a joint bid for the valuable stake. You'll be interested to know that the Chinese company is being advised by Neil Bush, the son and brother of two former U.S. presidents.
And the companies named above don't constitute all of those that have had discussion with the Ghanaian government. You can throw in France's Total
Why is the stake so valuable? It just so happens that Jubilee may lie at the eastern edge of a 700-mile structure that could finish up at the western edge in Sierra Leone. Oil was discovered there recently in nearly 6,000 feet of water by a group that included Anadarko Petroleum
My opinion is that the Kosmos stake will ultimately go to Exxon, with BP a close second. Funny, those just happen to be two of the integrated companies that I believe Fools should place in the most prominent positions on their radar screens.