Entergy Nuclear grew its nuclear fleet with the first U.S.competitive bid purchase of a nuclear plant. Entergy bought PilgrimStation, a 670-megawatt reactor in Plymouth, MA, from Boston Edisonfor $81 million. The deal closed less than eight months after thecompanies agreed to transfer ownership.
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Apache Corp. dramatically grew its asset base and shiftedattention away from its poor first quarter financial performancelast week by buying 22 fields in the Outer Continental Shelf of theGulf of Mexico (GOM) from Shell for $715 million and one millioncommon shares of stock. The acquisition will go into effectretroactive to March.
Combating its poor first quarter performance, Houston-basedApache Corp. dramatically grew its asset base Thursday, paying $715million and transferring one million common shares of stock toShell in exchange for 22 fields in the Outer Continental Shelf ofthe Gulf of Mexico (GOM). Apache expects the transaction to add 20cents/share of value in 1999. The acquisition will go into effectretroactive to March 1.
Midcoast Energy Resources Inc. grew its Texas asset base withthe acquisition of two gathering systems in two separate dealsworth a combined $4.55 million. Midcoast bought the Mendotagathering pipeline and processing plant from Seagull Energy Corp.for $3.75 million in cash. The Mendota facilities are in RobertsCounty, TX, and include about 35 miles of gathering pipeline, a 10MMcf/d cryogenic gas processing plant and compression facilitieswith a combined 2,400 horsepower. The system gathers gas from morethan 70 active wells and has a total throughput of 7,200 Mcf/d. TheMendota pipeline is located adjacent to the Anadarko system, whichMidcoast purchased from El Paso Energy Corp. in September 1998, andMidcoast plans to integrate the operations of the Mendota andAnadarko systems. Also as part of the transaction, Seagull hasdedicated production from all of its existing acreage in the areato Midcoast for the next five years.
Enron deliveries of energy commodities grew 47% from the secondquarter of last year, including a 10% increase in gas deliveriesand a more than 100% increase in power marketed. However, resultsof the gas pipeline group and exploration and production were offslightly, and the retail business, Enron Energy Services (EES),lost more money than it did a year ago.
Bulk power transactions in 1997 increased significantly over1996 levels, pointing to the continued emergence of a competitivewholesale power market, according to Metzler Services’ 1997operating data and statistics for the electric utility industry.