Deadline looms to bid for TNK-BP stake
17 October 2012 Last updated at 14:28 BST
BP's Russian partners have until today to make a bid for BP's share of its troubled Russian joint venture, TNK-BP. The stake is thought to be worth around $25bn.
After today other bidders can make an offer and state oil firm, Rosneft is seen as the most likely party to win control.
Russell Padmore reports.