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Permian producers Parsley Energy, Jagged Peak to merge in $2.27B deal

Permian Basin-focused oil and gas producers Parsley Energy Inc. and Jagged Peak Energy Inc. have agreed to merge in an all-stock deal valued at about $2.27 billion. The merger consideration includes Jagged Peak's net debt of about $625 million as of June 30.

High-profile push against gas infrastructure, exports adds fuel to anti-gas fire

Massachusetts' Democratic senators Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren are pushing to block energy infrastructure tied to natural gas exports — a move that presents a new concern for an industry already unsettled by a rising tide of anti-gas measures.

In Big Oil's push into green power, offshore wind seen as natural first step

Both offshore wind and the legacy upstream oil and gas business involve large-scale, capital-intensive projects in challenging marine environments, so executives say offshore wind makes for a natural first step in oil supermajors' push in the power sector.

Other energy headlines

* Avangrid Inc. and PPL Corp. are considering merging all or parts of their businesses, the Financial Times reported, citing people close to the discussions. A full merger, which could create a company worth more than $67 billion, would be the biggest deal in the utility space this 2019.

* Sempra Energy agreed to sell its equity interests in its Chilean businesses for $2.23 billion in cash to State Grid Corp. of China subsidiary State Grid International Development Co. Ltd. The sale includes Sempra's 100% interests in Chilquinta Energia SA and Tecnored SA, as well as a 50% stake in Eletrans SA.

* Onshore and offshore wind is facing a number of challenges in Europe, and operators are sussing out what it takes to stay competitive in the sector, Gunnar Groebler, senior vice president in charge of the Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall AB's wind business, told S&P Global Market Intelligence in a recent interview.

* Current standards for deadly fine particulate matter pollution need to be stronger, an independent panel of scientific experts recommended on Oct. 11 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


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