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BP to buy BHP's US shale assets; KKR, Williams to buy Discovery Midstream

Coal M&A

Rey Resources to sell Duchess Paradise thermal coal project for A$24M

Rey Resources Ltd. said July 30 that it agreed to sell the Duchess Paradise thermal coal project in Western Australia, through the sale of its subsidiary Blackfin Pty. Ltd., to Yuanrun Investment Ltd. for A$24 million.

Natural gas/midstream M&A

Analysts: BHP shale assets purchase to 'transform' BP's US foothold

BP PLC's purchase of BHP Billiton Group's shale assets will allow the global oil and gas major to "transform" its United States portfolio, according to analysts. BP American Production Co., a unit of BP, will purchase Petrohawk Energy Corp., a subsidiary of the mining heavyweight that holds acreage in the Permian Basin, the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas, and the Haynesville Shale in Texas and Louisiana, for $10.5 billion in cash.

Canada fails to find Trans Mountain buyer, teeing up C$4.5B government takeover

The deadline for Canada's government to find an alternative buyer for Kinder Morgan Inc.'s Trans Mountain pipeline system passed July 22, clearing the way for a shareholder vote and closing of the sale.

KKR, Williams to acquire DJ Basin gas processor Discovery Midstream for $1.2B

KKR & Co. and Williams Cos. Inc., through a newly formed joint venture, agreed to acquire DJ Basin gathering and processing operator Discovery Midstream Partners from TPG Growth for about $1.2 billion. Williams' release listed the purchase price as $1.17 billion.

Chesapeake's $2B pivot from Utica Shale reinforces company's new direction

Years ago, the Utica Shale was big-spending Aubrey McClendon's last big bet as CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp. Now the increasingly frugal company has announced plans to sell out of the play as part of $2 billion agreement with a Houston startup.

Marathon Petroleum expects Andeavor acquisition to produce cash to fund buybacks

Marathon Petroleum Corp. executives expressed optimism that its pending acquisition of Andeavor would enable it to continue its strategy of returning cash "beyond the needs of the business" to shareholders.

NextEra completes acquisition of Florida City Gas from Southern

NextEra Energy Inc. announced July 30 that it completed the acquisition of natural gas distribution company Florida City Gas from Southern Co. The purchase price was approximately $530 million in cash, subject to certain adjustments, according to a filing.

Occidental's potential midstream sale could attract deep-pocketed private equity

Private equity firms are the most likely suitors if Occidental Petroleum Corp. puts its U.S. pipeline and terminal assets on the block, as investment funds continue to outbid public companies, industry observers said.

MPLX looking for 'bigger and better' Permian Basin presence

Findlay, Ohio-based MPLX LP's strategic goal to develop its presence in West Texas' Permian Basin could soon include crude oil transportation infrastructure, President Michael Hennigan said.

Report: Algeria's Sonatrach considering new joint venture with oil majors

Sonatrach CEO Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour said the company is in discussions with oil companies and trading firms to possibly establish a joint venture following its deal to buy its first overseas refinery this year, Reuters reported July 24.

EQT divests certain southern Appalachia assets for $575M

EQT Corp. on July 18 closed the sale of about 2.5 million net acres of noncore producing midstream assets in southern Appalachia to Alabama-based energy producer Diversified Gas & Oil Plc for $575 million.

EQT Midstream completes merger with Rice Midstream

EQT Midstream Partners LP completed its unit-for-unit merger deal with Rice Midstream Partners LP, according to a July 23 SEC filing.

Oneok to become sole owner of Permian-linked NGL line with $195M stake purchase

ONEOK Inc. agreed to acquire the remaining 20% interest in the West Texas LPG Pipeline Limited Partnership from Martin Midstream Partners LP for $195 million, setting up the company to become the sole owner of the NGL pipeline.

Southcross terminates American Midstream merger, alleges 'funding failure'

Southcross Holdings LP and its subsidiary Southcross Energy Partners LP terminated their planned merger with American Midstream Partners LP, citing what it called a failure of American Midstream to meet conditions under the merger agreement.

Equinor sells 27.3% interest in England's Teesside oil terminal

Norway's Equinor ASA, previously Statoil ASA, sold its 27.3% interest in the Teesside oil terminal in England. France's Total SA holds a 32.9% interest in the terminal, while ConocoPhillips has a 29.3% stake and Italy's Eni SpA owns a 10.3% interest.

Saudi Aramco eyeing up to $70B in debt financing to fund potential deal

Bankers are discussing to provide up to $70 billion of jumbo financing to help Saudi Arabian Oil Co. fund its potential acquisition of a majority stake in petrochemicals company Saudi Basic Industries Corp., or SABIC, Reuters reported, citing sources familiar with the development.

AltaGas expands board to 12 members

AltaGas Ltd. is expanding its board of directors from nine to 12 seats in an effort to address the utility company's growing scope and complexity on the heels of completing the WGL Holdings Inc. acquisition.

Halliburton to acquire Athlon Solutions to bolster its Multi-Chem line

Halliburton Co. announced July 24 that it is acquiring Athlon Solutions LLC for an undisclosed amount so that the both companies strengthen their chemicals technology, manufacturing and supply chain and that the purchase will provide Halliburton with its first chemical manufacturing plant with full reaction and blending capabilities.