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Santos announced the proposed acquisition of Quadrant Energy on 22 August 2018. The company has now informed that the pre-condition of Australian Competition and Consumer Division for the completion of acquisition has been fulfilled and the completion might occur within weeks. CEO of Santos said “We already have very significant growth projects across our five core assets, and Quadrant’s recent oil discovery at Dorado is another exciting opportunity for us,”
Canada’s Encana Corp has entered into a buyout agreement to acquire U.S. shale producer, Newfield Exploration. The $5.5 billion acquisition is a total reversal on Encana’s years of narrowing its oil and gas holdings. The Canadian oil and gas firm will gain stakes in the STACK and SCOOP shale fields in Oklahoma, the Uinta play in Utah and the Bakken region of North Dakota.
Houston-based Fairfield Geotechnologies has farmed out its Seismic Technologies business. The firm informed today that it entered into an agreement with Norway-based Magseis ASA. Fairfield’s Seismic Technologies business comprises of data acquisition, nodal and system sale & rental activities. Magseis will also get ownership of all shares in Fairfield's wholly-owned, WGP Group.
Aberdeen-based ROVOP acquired M2 Subsea’s entire fleet of 28 ROV systems. The fleet acquisition is in line with ROVOP’s growth strategy to offer a focused ROV service to its customers regardless of markets and geographies. While 19 of the ROV systems qualifies the ROVOP standard and will be added to its fleet, the remaining ROVs will be either decommissioned or sold.
Australian engineering firm, WorleyParsons has entered into a deal to acquire Jacobs Engineering’s energy, chemicals and resources business for $3.3 billion. Jacobs will now focus on higher growth, higher margin lines of business including aerospace, technology, environment and nuclear projects and buildings, infrastructure and advanced facilities. The transaction will take place through a $2.06 billion entitlement offer and a $700 million stock issuance to Jacobs and new debt.
Norwegian oil major, Equinor has entered into an agreement to farm out its non-operated interests in the Tommeliten discovery to PGNiG. The Tommeliten field, containing gas/condensate, was discovered in 1976. This $220 million transaction follows the recent sale of Equinor’s King Lear discovery to Aker BP. Equinor will also divest its 30% stakes in another block of acreage. ConocoPhillips is the operator of both the blocks.
Oil supermajor, Shell has entered into an agreement to sell its wholly-owned subsidiary in Denmark, Shell Olie-og Gasudvinding Danmark (SOGU), to Norwegian Energy Company (Noreco). SOGU has 36.8% ownership in the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC), which accounts for 90% of Denmark’s oil and gas production. Shell is seeking to simplify its portfolio as part of a $30billion divestment plan.
Houston’s Nine Energy Service acquired downhole technology provider company, Magnum Oil Tools International. With this acquisition, Nine Energy becomes one of the premier providers of completion focused technology. Magnum has a large scale of proprietary downhole completion products like dissolvable and composite frac plugs, and other patented consumables. Nine’s President and CEO commented, “We could not be more thrilled to partner with Magnum.”
Offshore services firm, EnerMech was acquired by private equity firm, Carlyle Group in a $450 million buy-out deal. EnerMech is involved in large scale projects across the sectors of oil and gas, renewables, defence, power, infrastructure and petrochemicals. The firm registered group turnover of £361.4 million in 2017. Final transaction is expected in 4Q2018.
Norwegian oil giant, Equinor has sold its 77.8% interests in the King Lear discovery to Aker BP in a multi-million dollar deal. First discovered in 1989, King Lear is a gas /condensate asset in the North Sea. Net recoverable resources are estimated at 77 million barrels of oil equivalent. The final transaction in this regard is subject to customary conditions.
Oil supermajor, Chevron has become the first major oil and gas firm to leave the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). Chevron is transferring its 20% interests in an exploration license in the Arctic to DNO. The Norwegian oil and energy ministry wrote that decision indicates “Chevron Norway shuts down its activities in Norway and leaves the NCS permanently”. A number of oil majors have edged down their presence in Norway.
Oilfield services giant, BHGE has acquired 5% stake in Abu Dhabi’s state-owned, ADNOC Drilling. This is the first time an international partner has taken a direct equity stake in an existing ADNOC services business. BHGE will provide ADNOC Drilling with specialized equipment and technologies. ADNOC Drilling, which is the Middle East’s largest drilling company, supplies oil rigs to other ADNOC businesses.
British offshore drilling services provider, Ensco Plc has entered into an acquisition agreement to buy Rowan Companies. The deal is estimated to be worth £1.7 billion. The acquisition is said to create an “industry-leading” drilling firm with a fleet of 82 rigs covering six continents. The merged entity will be valued around £9.2 billion. The merger is expected to conclude by the first half of next year.
Encana Corporation has entered into an agreement with DJR Energy to sell its San Juan assets in $480 million. Encana’s subsidiary, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. carried forward the transaction. DJR will gain ownership to San Juan assets which cover approximately 182,000 net acres. The transaction, which is expected to conclude by the fourth quarter of 2018, is subject to the satisfaction of closing conditions and customary closing adjustments.
Husky Energy announced that it has made an offer of acquisition of MEG Energy through an unsolicited bid. The deal is worth C$6.4 billion. The company also informed that the combined production would increase to over 410,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day and the refining and upgrading capacity will increase to 400,000 bpd. This acquisition has come at a time when Canadian oil producers are struggling with transportation problems.
Neptune Energy yesterday completed the acquisition of VNG Norge. VNG AG sold the firm to Neptune this year in June. Neptune will see addition of three producing fields, two development projects and 42 licences to its portfolio. Neptune’s position will gain strength in the greater Njord area and it will acquire 30% operated interest in the Fenja development project.
BASF and LetteOne have entered into a definitive transaction agreement to combine Wintershall and DEA and convert it into a joint venture (JV) to be called Wintershall DEA. LetterOne will give all of its shares in DEA to Wintershall, which will then be renamed as Wintershall DEA. Subject to approvals, the merger is expected for completion in 2Q2019. The JV will be headquartered in Kassel and Hamburg, Germany.
The shareholders of Ohio’s Marathon Petroleum Corp (MPC) and Andeavor have agreed upon the merger of the two companies by voting in favour of the same. The overall transaction will be closed on 1st October. With the refining capacity of 1.9 million bpd, MPC is America’s second largest refinery whereas, Andeavor currently operates 10 refineries with a combined capacity of 1.2 million bpd.