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NRG in $3.6B Deal to Acquire Centrica’s Direct Energy, One of North America’s Largest Natural Gas Retailers

NRG in $3.6B Deal to Acquire Centrica’s Direct Energy, One of North America’s Largest Natural Gas Retailers

NRG Energy Inc. on Friday said it has a definitive agreement to acquire Direct Energy, a leading North American natural gas retailer and subsidiary of Centrica plc, in a $3.625 billion, all-cash transaction. Direct Energy operates in all 50 states and six Canadian provinces, supplying natural gas, electricity, and home and business energy-related products and…

July 24, 2020
Trading Behemoth Vitol Launching U.S. Upstream Company

Trading Behemoth Vitol Launching U.S. Upstream Company

Swiss commodities giant Vitol Inc. is seeking to expand its upstream business in the United States with a venture to be headquartered in Houston and led by industry veteran Don Dotson. Vencer Energy LLC is focused on acquiring mature producing oil and gas assets, with a specific focus on key basins in the Lower 48.…

July 20, 2020
Chevron’s $13B Deal for Noble to Add Lower 48 Heft, Natural Gas Promise in Offshore Eastern Med, Equatorial Guinea

Chevron’s $13B Deal for Noble to Add Lower 48 Heft, Natural Gas Promise in Offshore Eastern Med, Equatorial Guinea

Chevron Corp. has clinched a definitive agreement to acquire Houston super independent Noble Energy Inc. in an all-stock transaction worth $5 billion that carries a total enterprise value, including debt, of $13 billion. The transaction, which values Noble at $10.38/share, would trade 0.1191 Chevron shares for each Noble share. Noble’s massive natural gas operation offshore…

July 20, 2020
Lifted by Permian, Appalachia, U.S. Upstream Dealmaking Slightly Better in 2Q

Lifted by Permian, Appalachia, U.S. Upstream Dealmaking Slightly Better in 2Q

Dealmaking in the United States within the upstream oil and gas sector staged a slight recovery in the second quarter, with three of five deals in Appalachia, but the period still ranks as the third lowest in quarterly value since 2009, according to Enverus. The data analytics company in its summary of 2Q2020 U.S. upstream…

July 6, 2020
Hilcorp Taking Over BP’s Legacy Alaska Upstream Portfolio

Hilcorp Taking Over BP’s Legacy Alaska Upstream Portfolio

Houston’s Hilcorp Energy Co. has completed a takeover of BP plc’s upstream portfolio in Alaska and is nearing a handoff of the midstream unit, allowing the private explorer to become one of the state’s biggest operators. The $5.6 billion deal struck last year with BP hands affiliate Hilcorp Alaska immediate control of BP Exploration (Alaska)…

July 2, 2020
BP Strikes $5B Deal to Sell Petrochemicals Business to Ineos as Energy Transition Escalates

BP Strikes $5B Deal to Sell Petrochemicals Business to Ineos as Energy Transition Escalates

BP plc on Monday announced it is selling off its substantial petrochemicals business, much of it in the United States, in a $5 billion deal with chemicals giant Ineos Group. The sale, designed as “the next strategic step in reinventing BP,” would strengthen the balance sheet and deliver on the supermajor’s $15 billion total planned…

June 29, 2020
Global Oil, Gas Investments Facing ‘Unparalleled Decline,’ with Shale, Tight Resource Funding Slumping Sharply

Global Oil, Gas Investments Facing ‘Unparalleled Decline,’ with Shale, Tight Resource Funding Slumping Sharply

The Covid-19 crisis, unsurprisingly, has caused global energy investments to fall more than ever, with “serious implications” for security and the transition to alternative fuels, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Wednesday.

May 27, 2020
Total Strengthens European LNG Demand with Acquisition in Spain

Total Strengthens European LNG Demand with Acquisition in Spain

Total SA is strengthening its hand in Europe and folding in more demand for its robust liquefied natural gas (LNG) assets in a deal to acquire 2.5 million customer contracts in Spain from utility Energias de Portugal (EDP).

May 26, 2020
Facing Cash Crunch, LNG Developer Sells Interest in Magnolia Export Project

Facing Cash Crunch, LNG Developer Sells Interest in Magnolia Export Project

LNG Ltd. (LNGL) said Tuesday it plans to sell its interest in a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project in Lake Charles, LA, to Global Energy Megatrend Ltd. for $2.25 million.

May 12, 2020
NFG Tacking On Shell’s Appalachian Natural Gas Assets for $541M; Cracker Not Included

NFG Tacking On Shell’s Appalachian Natural Gas Assets for $541M; Cracker Not Included

Royal Dutch Shell plc late Monday agreed to take $541 million from National Fuel Gas Co. (NFG) for its upstream and midstream portfolio in Pennsylvania.

May 5, 2020