Industry Briefs

Santa Fe Snyder Corp. of Houston is high grading its asset basethrough a series of deals. The largest component of the company’sstrategic repositioning is the $160 million purchase of additionaldeepwater Gulf of Mexico interests from Marathon Oil. Santa Febought an additional 33% interest in the Angus/Manatee six-blockcomplex, bringing the total working interest in the Shell operatedfields to 49%. The deal closed Jan. 7. The company said it is alsodisposing of low-profit assets.

January 11, 2000

Cross Timbers Shakes Up Portfolio

Cross Timbers Oil Co. executed a series of acquisitions, salesand closings last week in an attempt to tidy its portfolio andreduce debt. Through all the activity, the Texas-based producergained full control of Oklahoma City-based Spring Holdings Co. andclosed a previously announced $231 million deal with Ocean Energy.Cross Timbers said the net result of all this activity was anincreased reserve base, without deviation from its debt reductionplan.

September 20, 1999

Eastern Reviews Strategy Following Series of Mergers

Eastern Enterprises stock price jumped more than 10% yesterdayto $43.62/share on news it is evaluating strategic alternativesthat could include share repurchases, joint ventures or a sale ofall or part of the company.

August 17, 1999

House Panel Comes ‘Down to Wire’ on Electric Bill

In the first of what may be a series of actual lawmakinghearings, House lawmakers on the energy and power subcommitteeacknowledged last week that for the first time in a couple of yearsthey were starting to see a light at the end of tunnel onelectricity restructuring.

July 26, 1999

House Panel Comes ‘Down to Wire’ on Electric Bill

In the first of a planned series of legislative hearings, Houselawmakers on the energy and power subcommittee acknowledgedyesterday that for the first time in a couple of years they werestarting to see a light at the end of tunnel on electricityrestructuring.

July 23, 1999

Industry Meetings Begin Debating NORP, NOI

The first of a series of industry-sponsored meetings aimed atbringing the divided gas segments closer together on some of themajor regulatory initiatives proposed by FERC got underway inHouston last week. Not surprisingly, industry representatives atthe initial session agreed to narrow the “primary focus” of theirnegotiations to two proposals to ease pipeline rate regulation -short-term capacity auctioning and negotiated terms and conditions.

January 11, 1999

Industry Kicks Off NOPR, NOI Sessions

The first of a series of industry meetings aimed at addressingthe controversial issues in the mega-notice of proposed rulemaking(NOPR) and notice of inquiry (NOI) gets underway in Houston today.Many are hoping the sessions will provide the way for the bickeringsegments of the gas industry to achieve common ground on some ofthe top issues posed by FERC.

January 6, 1999

Exxon Mobil May Lead Mega-Merger Parade

The energy industry is on the cusp of a series of mega-mergersfollowing last week’s announcement of an historic combination ofExxon and Mobil, according to many observers. Driving theconsolidation, they say, is extremely low commodity prices. Thatreasoning was reinforced last week when gas prices plummeted tohistoric lows for December (see related story this issue).

December 7, 1998

Transco’s Rolled-in Rate Design Rejected

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line has not proven its case forrolled-in rates for a series of expansions of its Leidy Line andits southern system dating back to 1984, according to anadministrative law judge who found there wouldbe “substantial”cost shifting.

March 27, 1998

Administration Unveils Electric Restructuring Plan

The Clinton administration finally unveiled its long-awaitedrestructuring program for the electric industry yesterday in aseries of meetings with congressional leaders, stakeholders and themedia. The plan, which did not include specific legislativelanguage, represents a pragmatic position that its proponentsbelieve has the best chance of forging a compromise betweencompeting interests to arrive at comprehensive restructuringlegislation, if not in this session of Congress, then “very soon,”according to Energy Secretary Federico Pena.

March 26, 1998