China's CNOOC Ltd said Monday it has agreed to pay $570 million for one-third of US firm Chesapeake Energy's shale oil and gas drilling project in the American states of Colorado and Wyoming.The investment in the 800,000-acre (323,749-hectare) project in two basins is the second deal between the firms since October and signals greater efforts by both energy-guzzling countries to develop the hard-to-reach resources.
Skeptics are too quick to dismiss the potential expansion of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to other shale areas in the United States and around the world.
Based on early setbacks and the slow rate of progress outside Bakken and Eagle Ford, they doubt whether the revolution can be replicated. But shale entrepreneurs are investing heavily to prove them wrong.
So far, the North American shale revolution has been confined to two states, Texas and North Dakota, at least as far as oil is concerned.
CALGARY • The $16.2-billion Mackenzie Gas Project was long ago mothballed and exploration drilling in the Beaufort Sea is on ice, but Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod is determined to see the region’s billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas developed. What’s more, he believes he’s found the financiers to pay for it.
By Bret Jensen:Domestic energy production has exponentially increased over the last few years due to fracking technology. No place has ramped up energy production more than the Bakken reserves. Numerous E&P outfits with shale acreage/production have seen their shares doubled, tripled or more in the past twelve to eighteen months, and it is certainly harder to find bargains now than it was in 2010.
Encana Corp , Canada’s largest natural-gas producer, said its first-quarter operating profit more than doubled, helped by higher gas prices and liquids production.
The company, which is restructuring its operations to end its reliance on low-value natural gas, said its output of oil and natural gas liquids averaged 67,900 barrels per day in the quarter ended March 31, up 56% from a year earlier.
While natural gas production fell 2% to 2.81 billion cubic feet per day, the company’s realized price for a thousand cubic feet of gas rose to $5.82 from $3.86.
Woodside Petroleum Ltd.’s purchase of a stake in Israel’s largest natural gas deposit takes Asia-Pacific oil and gas acquisitions to a record US$99-billion this year, tying the U.S. for the first time.
Australia’s second-largest petroleum producer yesterday said it will pay partners including Noble Energy Inc. an initial US$696-million and as much as US$2.3-billion for part of the Leviathan field. Deals by U.S. energy companies have fallen 35% to US$98.7-billion in 2012, while Asia-Pacific purchases increased 3.8%, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
CALGARY • China’s energy giants are ramping up spending in Alberta’s oil sands and committing billions to resource play developments just as their Canadian and international counterparts check growth prospects in Western Canada.
China National Petroleum Corp., the country’s biggest oil company, is seeking its first stake in the U.S. as Chinese explorers with US$40-billion of cash try to join an energy renaissance unlocking billions of barrels of crude.
“We are currently studying” investing in U.S. oil, Jiang Jiemin, chairman of the state-run company, said Monday at the National People’s Congress meetings in Beijing. Domestic rival China Petrochemical Corp. last month agreed to buy stakes in an Oklahoma field from Chesapeake Energy Corp. for US$1.02-billion.