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OneRock Energy Acquires 160,000 Acres in the Powder River Basin08/31/2023
OneRock acquired Northwoods Management’s assets in Wyoming's Powder River Basin, average production of approximately 5,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
In an August 21 press release, OneRock Energy Holdings LLC announced the successful completion of its acquisition of Northwoods Management Co. and related entities in Wyoming's Powder River Basin. The acquired assets, which average around 5,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, cover 160,000 net acres mainly in Converse, Campbell, and Johnson counties.
OneRock, an investment subsidiary of Pan Management, initially publicized the deal in June. Northwoods had expanded its Powder River Basin holdings by over 112,000 acres through a $500 million purchase from SM Energy Co. in 2018, with financial backing from Apollo.
Who is Pan Management?
Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Houston, Texas, Pan Management is a leading energy investment firm. Specializing in natural gas trading, upstream oil and gas investment, and midstream oil and gas investment, the firm brings decades of combined industry experience to the table. Currently, it oversees a substantial portfolio with more than $2 billion in assets under management.
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Western Midstream will acquire Meritage Midstream's Powder River Basin assets, including gas gathering and an NGL pipeline, for $885 million in cash. A subsidiary of Western Midstream Partners LP is set to acquire Meritage Midstream Services II LLC in an $885 million all-cash transaction, marking a significant expansion in the Powder River Basin for the company.
Earthstone Energy is selling Eagle Ford locations to concentrate on the Permian Basin, streamlining its exploration and production focus. Earthstone Energy Inc., based in The Woodlands, Texas, is putting an Eagle Ford asset on the market as the company focuses on divesting non-core properties and directing investment towards the Permian Basin. The assets that Earthstone is planning to sell include production and land in northeast Karnes County, Texas, as well as in southern Gonzales County, Texas, as outlined in the marketing documents. For the sales process, Earthstone has engaged Opportune Partners LLC to serve as its exclusive financial adviser.
Occidental Petroleum is looking into selling Western Midstream Partners. OXY focuses on natural gas pipelines in the U.S. and is worth around $20 billion, including its debt. This sale could help the company cut down its large debt of $18.5 billion, which grew due to buying other companies. Recently, Occidental agreed to buy CrownRock for $12 billion, adding more debt to its books. This comes after its huge $54 billion purchase of Anadarko Petroleum four years ago. The news about possibly selling Western Midstream made its shares go up by 5.7% to $30.81, reaching their highest value since July 2019. However, Occidental's shares fell by 1.6% to $59.56, as part of a wider drop among energy companies.
The Canadian oil and gas sector announced 27 M&A deals in the last quarter of 2023, totaling $4.2 billion in value. The biggest deal of the quarter was Pembina Pipeline's $2.3 billion acquisition of several companies including Alliance Pipeline and Aux Sable Canada. Compared to the previous quarter, the total value of M&A deals in Canada grew by 20% from $3.5 billion and jumped 95% compared to the same quarter the previous year. However, the number of deals dropped slightly by 4% from the previous quarter and was 23% less than the year before.
Rystad Energy predicts that the merged company of Diamondback Energy and Endeavor Energy will produce 819,500 barrels of oil per day in the Permian Basin in 2024. Rystad, an energy research and business intelligence company from Norway, expects the ExxonMobil-Pioneer Natural Resources merger to lead the Permian in total net production for the year, with a projection of nearly 1.4 million barrels per day. Notably, about 53% of this production will be oil. Chevron is set to produce slightly more than Diamondback-Endeavor, with Occidental-CrownRock following closely. ConocoPhillips ranks fifth, with a production forecast of just under 800,000 barrels per day. Chevron's production is 47% oil, while Diamondback-Endeavor and ConocoPhillips have 57% oil in their mix, and Occidental-CrownRock is just below 50%.