By Tom Bergin
LONDON (Reuters) - MOEX, a unit of Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co <8031.T>, and partner in BP Plc's
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MOEX had a 10 percent stake in the well and was liable for a commensurate portion of the costs, which BP estimated at $41 billion, including fines.
BP said in a statement on Friday the settlement excludes punitive damages -- which BP does not believe will be payable -- and fines, which analysts believe make up about $4 billion of BP's estimate, suggesting the Japanese company is paying less than a third of its potential liability.
BP called on its other partner in the well, Anadarko Petroleum
MOEX had previously refused to pay BP any money related to the disaster, saying it was due to BP's negligence. MOEX has now joined BP in blaming the accident principally on Transocean
The Commission appointed by President Barack Obama to investigate the rig blast which led to the United States's worst ever spill said BP was responsible for most of the bad decisions on the rig.
Mitsui said it had no plan to change its forecast net profit or dividend in 2011/2012 after the settlement.