ANKARA - A Turkish government agency has awarded a consortium led by Chase Manhattan Bank a mandate to arrange the privatization of two petroleum companies.

Officials of the agency, KOI, said the consortium, including Salomon Brothers, Kleinwort Benson, and Turkish Global Securities, would privatize the state refinery company, Tupras Turkiye Petrol Rafinerileri, and refined-product retailer Petrol Ofisi.

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