In confirming that Wall Street is embracing natural gas in the transportation fueling sector, an investment banker and major energy and automotive stakeholders agreed that for the most part natural gas vehicles (NGV) aren’t a “science project” anymore, the bulk of their research and development work has been completed, the experts said as part of a wide-ranging panel discussion Thursday at the ACT Expo 2012 conference in Long Beach, CA.
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Energy banker First Reserve Corp. on Tuesday said it has created a joint venture (JV) with Appalachian operator Energy Corp. of America (ECA) initially to build natural gas gathering systems in the Marcellus Shale.
The U.S. natural gas market shows signs of improving, but maybe not as fast as some would “expect, hope for or need,” a Houston energy investment banker said last week.
The U.S. natural gas market shows signs of improving, but maybe not as fast as some would “expect, hope for or need,” a Houston energy investment banker said Tuesday.
Looking to jump on the “green train” before it leaves the station, a former UBS banker has assembled experts from Goldman Sachs, Citi, Morgan Stanley and Barclays to form Greentech Capital Advisors (GCA), an alternative energy and cleantech-focused investment bank.
Looking to jump on the ‘green train’ before it leaves the station, a former UBS banker has assembled experts from Goldman Sachs, Citi, Morgan Stanley and Barclays to form Greentech Capital Advisors (GCA), an alternative energy and cleantech-focused investment bank.
Underscoring its $2 billion bet so far, with more to come, in Mexican energy projects, San Diego-based Sempra Energy announced Tuesday it has named a Mexican investment banker, Carlos Ruiz Sacristan, to its board of directors as an 11th member. Ruiz, 57, once headed Mexico’s national oil company Pemex as general director (1988-94) and has served in several federal government posts, including budget undersecretary. A partner in Proyectos Estrategicos Integrales, a Mexican investment banking firm, Ruiz also serves on the board of Southern Copper Corp., a copper producer in Mexico and Peru. (Sempra’s global trading business, which concentrates on energy, also includes trading in various metals.) “With his extensive experience in Mexico’s energy and finance sectors, Carolos Ruiz Sacristan will be an excellent addition to our board,” said Donald Felsinger, Sempra CEO, noting that the company collectively has nearly $2 billion invested in a liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal that will open next year along the North Baja California Pacific Coast, natural gas pipelines and a power generation plant, all in North Baja California. It also has gas distribution systems in other states in Mexico. Prior to joining his current investment bank in 2001, Ruiz spent nearly six years serving as Mexico’s secretary of communications and transportation. In that post, he oversaw the reshaping the nation’s communications and transportation sectors to increase investment, broaden competition and improve infrastructure, Felsinger said. From 1974 until 1988 when he took over Pemex, Ruiz held positions of increasing responsibility at Banco de Mexico, and during that time some of his experience included serving on boards of several financial institutions and other public companies and commissions.
European financial heavyweight Fortis became the latest banker to muscle into North America’s energy marketing business last week with the estimated $415 million purchase of Duke Energy’s commercial marketing and trading business. Fortis, which ranks among the 20 largest financial institutions in Europe, will pay Duke $210 million for the business and will pay an amount equal to the value of Duke’s portfolio of contracts and net working capital associated with the business when the transaction closes.
Investment banker Jefferies & Co. Inc. has raised its projections for 2005 and 2006 Nymex natural gas prices to $7.75/Mcf and $7/Mcf from its previous estimates of $6.80/Mcf and $6.20/Mcf, respectively, in response to the reported damage to energy facilities along the Gulf coast as a result of Hurricane Katrina last week.