Houston-based Pogo Producing Co. announced yesterday it willacquire cross-town rival Noric Corp. for $750 million in cash anddebt, upping its reserve base by 63% and increasing its projectedannual 2000 production by 35% — with most of the new assets innatural gas fields in Texas, Louisiana and the Rocky Mountains.Noric is the parent corporation of North Central Oil Corp.
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Today began with one more operational cross-border natural gaspipeline in place than there was last month, as Coral Energy andMexico-based Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) announced yesterday thecompletion of their 104-mile pipeline linking the Pemex pipelinesystem at Arguelles in the Mexico state of Tamaulipas, with Coral’spipeline system on the King Ranch in South Texas.
Houston-based Dynegy Inc., setting itself up as possiblecompetition for its cross-town Houston marketer Enron, has launchedDynegydirect, a B2B trading site for energy and communicationscommodities, which will give customers self-service access to bidand offer prices across U.S. power, natural gas and natural gasliquids products. CEO Chuck Watson said the site would extend thecompany’s “global reach through customized electronic solutions.”
While Eastern Pennsylvania utility, PP&L Resources, continuedits cross-country expansion, annexing assets in Montana and Maine,former utility Montana Power mapped out a future in oil, gas andtelecommunications.
EEX Corp. agreed to sell nearly all of its properties in EastTexas and North Louisiana, containing 250 Bcfe of proved naturalgas reserves, to Cross Timbers Oil Co. for $265 million. Theeffective date of the sale is Jan. 1, 1998 with closing expected inthe second quarter.
An important juncture in the proposed $5 billion merger ofPacific Enterprises and Enova Corp. is expected this week when anadministrative law judge with the California Public UtilitiesCommission recommends a proposed decision to the five-memberregulatory body. The CPUC is then expected to act by the end ofMarch. No one is expecting the proposed decision or the ultimatefinal one by the state to turn down the marriage of the holdingcompanies for Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas andElectric Co., but it is unclear whether the conditions placed onthe deal will make it financially unattractive for one or both ofthe companies