Tortoise Capital Advisors LLC, whose portfolio includes emerging exploration and production master limited partnerships (MLP), has formed an oil and gas company. Headquartered in Overland Park, KS, Tortoise Gas and Oil Corp. will have equity of $82.9 million and available capital of more than $100 million for direct investments in energy producers. “We formed Tortoise Gas and Oil Corp. primarily to respond to the growing need by private and public U.S. energy production partnerships for timely and flexible direct placement financing to fund internal growth projects and acquisitions,” said Managing Director David Schulte. “We intend to invest directly in privately held companies and publicly traded MLPs operating primarily in the upstream segment, and to a lesser extent the midstream segment, of the energy sector.” Tortoise now has about $10 million invested in High Sierra Energy LP, $10 million in International Resources Partners LP and $7.5 million in EV Energy Partners LP.
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