Monday, December 9, 2019

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Oil Majors to Raise $27Bln in Selling Spree

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Global giants of the oil and gas industry – the so-called supermajors – are looking to sell assets that could fetch a total of $27.5 billion, according to Rystad Energy’s latest assessment.These companies are actively shedding mature assets on a massive scale in a bid to finance higher-yielding investments elsewhere, with the added benefit of pleasing shareholders who are calling for stricter capital discipline.“The expected transactions mean some of the majors are poised to exit certain regions…

Energy Transfer: VLCC Offshore Port to be Ready Early 2023

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Energy Transfer LP said on Thursday discussions with potential shippers to build an offshore crude export facility in Texas capable of handling supertankers were progressing on schedule, with the project expected to be in service by late 2022 or early 2023.The company has also made advances on the regulatory and permitting process for the project, Marshall McCrea, Energy Transfer's chief commercial officer, said on the company's quarterly earnings call.Plans call for the facility to be connected to Energy Transfer's Nederland…

Drilling Ban Proposals Divide Democrats

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In the southeast corner of New Mexico, new houses, hotels and jobs are sprouting like flowers in the desert. Trucks hauling equipment and laborers jam once-barren highways on the way to thousands of oil rigs.The Democrats who control the state's government have lofty plans for the billions of dollars in projected tax revenues from the drilling industry in the Permian Basin, the world’s biggest oil field, starting with an overhaul of New Mexico's ailing public education system. The biggest threat to those plans…

ProPetro Cuts Almost 150 Workers

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ProPetro Holding Corp this month cut about 150 workers, people familiar with the matter said on Monday, the latest sign of growing trouble in the oilfield services sector as U.S. shale producers reduce drilling.The job cuts reflect slowing shale activity due to weak prices for oil and gas, and producers exhausting their spending budgets for the year, one of the people said.Midland, Texas-based ProPetro said last week it would cut the number of hydraulic fracturing fleets operated this quarter by as much as 28%, far surpassing analysts' expectations.

Energy Transfer to Buy SemGroup

Oil and gas pipeline company Energy Transfer LP said on Monday it would buy smaller rival SemGroup Corp for $1.35 billion and build a 75-mile oil pipeline to strengthen its oil transportation, terminalling and export operations.Energy Transfer will gain control of SemGroup's crude oil terminal on the Houston Ship Channel, and to connect it with its Nederland, Texas terminal, Energy Transfer said it will construct a pipeline between the two terminals.Energy Transfer will also add SemGroup's crude oil gathering assets in the DJ Basin in Colorado and the Anadarko Basin in Oklahoma and Kansas, as well as crude o

Anadarko Shareholders to Vote on Oxy Deal

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Anadarko Petroleum Corp shareholders will vote Aug. 8 on the oil and gas producer's planned $38 billion sale to Occidental Petroleum Corp - the biggest oil and gas deal of the year.Occidental avoided its own shareholder vote on the deal by securing a controversial $10 billion financing agreement with Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, which allowed it to raise the cash portion of its offer.While an Anadarko holders' vote for the proposed deal is very likely, the price has angered several Occidental investors…

Oxy Plans to Sell Parts of Anadarko

Deal-makers say most likely sale prospects are Anadarko's offshore assets in the Gulf of Mexico and its pipeline business. (Photo: Anadarko)

Occidental Petroleum snatched up some of the richest shale oilfields in Texas when it beat out rival Chevron Corp in a bidding war to acquire Anadarko Petroleum.It also quadrupled its debt - to $40 billion - at a time when investors are calling for spending cuts and higher dividends.That means the acquisition's success will depend on how quickly Occidental can sell off some of Anadarko's assets and focus on optimizing and integrating the assets it keeps - especially prime U.S. shale fields.Shedding debt will require selling assets when deals have been sluggish, said bankers and merger specialists.

'We Are the Rightful Owners' of Anadarko -Oxy CEO

Occidental Petroleum Chief Executive Vicki Hollub (Photo: Occidental Petroleum)

Occidental Petroleum Chief Executive Vicki Hollub on Friday touted her $38 billion deal for Anadarko Petroleum Corp and defended the pricey terms she negotiated in a 90-minute session with billionaire investor Warren Buffett to secure the deal without seeking shareholder approval.Hollub, 59, beat out larger rival Chevron Corp with a long-shot bid that some Occidental investors called risky because it saddles Occidental with $46 billion in new debt. By deftly lining up allies and cash, she put together a strategy that on Thursday prompted Chevron to withdraw."We can operate this better than anybody else.

Occidental Tops Chevron's Bid for Anadarko

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Occidental Petroleum Corp on Wednesday started the first takeover battle for a major oil company in years, offering $38 billion for Anadarko Petroleum Corp, a bid that topped a $33 billion offer by Chevron Corp.Both suitors are offering a premium for Anadarko's holdings in the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico. The vast shale field holds oil and gas deposits that can produce supplies for decades using new, low-cost drilling techniques.Occidental's surprise $76-per-share bid is valued at $57 billion, including debt.

Chevron to Buy Anadarko for $33 Bln

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Chevron Corp on Friday said it will buy oil and gas producer Anadarko Petroleum Corp for $33 billion in cash and stock in a deal that doubles down on its bet on U.S. shale and LNG as U.S. energy production is shattering records.The deal makes Chevron the second-largest major by crude production, behind Exxon Mobil Corp, up from fourth. It expands Chevron's reach in two areas where U.S. energy output is surging - shale from the Permian Basin of west Texas and New Mexico, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) - which have helped make the U.S.

US Offshore Drilling Takes Center Stage

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U.S. lawmakers will quiz President Donald Trump’s new pick to lead the Interior Department on Thursday, focusing on the former energy and mining lobbyist’s plans to expand fossil fuels production from the United States' public lands and waters.The Interior Department, which oversees more than a fifth of the U.S. land surface from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico, has been central to Trump's policy of boosting domestic crude oil, natural gas and coal production.David Bernhardt, 49, has been acting…

Anadarko Profit Misses as Costs Rise

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Oil and gas producer Anadarko Petroleum Corp on Tuesday reported a fourth-quarter profit that missed analysts' estimates by a wide margin, as it spent more on its projects in West Texas and northeast Colorado.Oil producers, betting on a recovery in oil prices since their slump in 2014, have ramped up production in the U.S. shale basins, and the country overtook Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world's biggest crude producer with daily output approaching 12 million barrels.However, fears of a glut in the oil market sent prices down roughly 40 percent in the three months ended Dec.

Encana Sells Colorado Oil and Gas Assets to DJR Energy

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Encana Corporation (Encana) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., has completed the previously announced sale of its San Juan asset in New Mexico to Denver-based DJR Energy.“This transaction continues our track record of unlocking value from non-core assets,” said Doug Suttles, Encana President & CEO. “The proceeds from this sale add to our financial strength and strongly support our commitment to our $1.25 billion share buyback and 25 percent increase to…

Highlands Natural Resources Completes Six Well

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Highlands Natural Resources said six new wells on the East Denver shale oil and gas project in Colorado have been completed, with flowback starting on three of the six.The London-listed natural resources company said in a stock exchange annoucement that the existing Powell well has started production, and the Wildhorse well is being prepared to resume production in the near future.Provisional data from the three new wells flowing back, Buckskin, Grizzly and Ouray, indicate that these wells should perform in line with the existing two wells drilled by Highlands…

US Rig Count Rises for First Week in Three

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U.S. energy firms added oil rigs for the first time in the past three weeks despite sharp declines in crude futures prices to their lowest since the summer of 2017.Drillers added 10 oil rigs in the week to Dec. 21, bringing the total count to 883, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its closely followed report on Friday. This was the biggest weekly gain in rig numbers since early November.More than half the total U.S. oil rigs are in the Permian Basin, the country's biggest shale oil formation.

BP Launches $3 Bln Sale of US Onshore Assets

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Britain's BP has launched the sale of U.S. oil and gas onshore assets that could raise more than $3 billion to help pay for other fields in the United States it bought in October from BHP, industry and banking sources said.The sale proceeds will partly fund the $10.5 billion acquisition of BHP's onshore assets that are mostly around oil-producing fields in Texas and Louisiana. BP had said it would sell $5 billion to $6 billion to finance the deal.The London-listed firm wants to focus on production…

Anadarko to Sell Midstream Assets for $4 Bln

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Oil and gas producer Anadarko Petroleum Corp said on Thursday it would sell nearly all of its midstream assets, including pipelines, to its master limited partnership Western Gas Partners for $4.02 billion.The company is selling assets in the Permian basin in Texas and New Mexico and the DJ basin in Colorado.Western Gas will take complete ownership of DBM Oil Services, and APC Water Holdings, while acquiring a 50 percent stake in multiple gas plants in the Delaware basin of West Texas, the companies said.The sale is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.(Reporting by John Benny in Bengaluru Editing

Colorado Vote on Drilling Rules Coming in November

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A Colorado ballot initiative that would mandate increased distance between new oil wells and populated areas will face the state's voters in November, state officials said on Wednesday.The proposal, opposed as anti-fracking by oil and gas producers, would require new projects to be at least 2,500 feet (762 m) from buildings, parks, streams and certain wildlife areas. The state currently requires as little as 500 feet (152 m) of separation.Reporting by Liz Hampton

SandRidge Draws Interest from Multiple Bidders

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SandRidge Energy Inc has been approached by 26 potential bidders for a buyout of the company or some of its assets, the U.S. shale oil producer said on Friday, days after activist investor Carl Icahn took control of its board. The list includes Midstates Petroleum, whose previous attempt to buy SandRidge was rebuffed by the company - a move that was criticized by Icahn and some other shareholders. SandRidge, which said earlier this month it was approached by 17 potential bidders including Icahn, is seeking more bids and has launched a review of its assets and strategies.

SandRidge Says Approached by 17 Potential Buyers, Including Icahn

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SandRidge Energy Inc said on Friday it had been approached by 17 potential bidders for a buyout, including billionaire Carl Icahn who is fighting for control of the oil and gas producer's board.Icahn has criticized SandRidge's leadership, forced the removal of its chief executive officer and got the company to back out of its planned buyout of rival Bonanza Creek Energy Inc .The investor, who said in April he was willing to buy the company, will now have to battle 16 other potential suitors…