Range Resources Corp. and FirstEnergy Corp. announced Thursdaythe formation of a $1 billion joint venture in the AppalachianBasin. Each company will own 50% of the yet-to-be-named venture.The deal is expected to close within 60 days.
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Despite losing to Texas Utilities in an attempt to acquireBritish power giant The Energy Group earlier this year, PacifiCorpshowed yesterday it has not lost its taste for things British. Thistime, however, it’s on the other end of a merger deal. The companyagreed to a friendly takeover by ScottishPower, Scotland’s largestelectric utility, for an estimated $7.9 billion in stock.ScottishPower also will assume PacifiCorp’s $4.9 billion debt.
Shell Oil Tuesday announced its designs on the retail gas andpower marketplace and said its Shell Energy Services willparticipate in the unbundling of Georgia’s Atlanta Gas Lightsystem. The company plans to serve residential and commercialcustomers. Other states Shell will target for retail sales are notyet known, but Shell Energy Services President Alan M. Raymond saidthe company is interested in California’s deregulated electricitymarket as well as competitive markets in the Northeast. “We will beapplying to become marketers in those states where the deregulationallows us to function, and then we’ll be setting up shop to appealto those customers.”