UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 30

July 30 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening lower on Friday, with futures FFIc1 down 0.6%.

* BHP: BHP Group Ltd BHP.AX said it would build two solar farms and a battery storage system in partnership with Canada's TransAlta Renewables Inc RNW.TO at its nickel project site in Western Australia.

* ASTRAZENECA: Japan approved the administration of AstraZeneca AZN.L 's COVID-19 vaccine after a few months' pause due to fears about potential side effects, local media reported.

* M&G: British money manager M&G MNG.L has added to the voices criticising a proposed private equity takeover of British supermarket chain Morrisons MRW.L , saying it does not reflect the true value of the company.

* SHELL: U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) developer Tellurian Inc TELL.O said on Thursday it finalised agreements to sell LNG from its proposed Driftwood export plant in Louisiana to a unit of oil major Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L .

* GOLD: Gold was set for its best week in more than two months on renewed signs that the U.S. Federal Reserve might not taper economic support and hike interest rates in the near term.

* OIL: Oil prices fell but were on track to post solid gains for the week with demand growing faster than supply, while vaccinations dampen the impact of a resurgence in coronavirus cases worldwide.

* London's FTSE 100 ended higher on Thursday, as encouraging earnings and huge dividend payouts from some of the UK's biggest corporates helped support optimism around faster economic growth.


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Reporting by Shanima A in Bengaluru

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