JuneWarren-Nickle's Acquires Major Stake in Evaluate Energy

Posted by Mark Young

Oct 8, 2014 8:04:04 AM


Evaluate Energy is pleased to announce that it has now joined forces with Canadian company JuneWarren-Nickle's Energy Group (JWN), a division of TSX-listed Glacier Media, and Chris Innis, a global extractive industries information executive, to expand the range of energy information intelligence and tools it offers to its growing client base. 

JWN, based in Calgary and Edmonton, has acquired a major interest in Evaluate Energy, which is based in London, UK, with offices in Calgary. Evaluate Energy (www.evaluateenergy.com) will continue to be operated independently, but its team will work closely with the JWN team to offer a broader range of complementary energy intelligence services, including consulting and customized reporting.

Richard Krijgsman, Evaluate Energy's founder, said of the partnership:

"All of us at Canoils and Evaluate Energy look forward to working with JWN. Together, the two groups will be superbly placed to develop valuable, intelligence-based products and services for the energy industry in Canada and internationally. Meanwhile we will continue to provide matchless levels of data quality and service. I am confident that clients will see clear benefits as a result of today's announcement."

Evaluate Energy offers two comprehensive databases: Evaluate Energy itself, which offers deeply detailed insights into major international oil and gas companies, and Canoils (www.canoils.com), which covers hundreds of companies in Canada at a level of granularity unmatched by any other data provider, noted Bill Whitelaw, JWN's CEO.

"We know this is an industry in which information and the insights it offers matter. What we're now able to provide our clients is a deeper, richer, information experience that aligns with the way they make important business decisions," he said.

JWN's flagship – The Daily Oil Bulletin – already offers a diverse mix of news, analysis and commentary in addition to a range of daily data reports ranging from crown land postings and sales to well activity and commodity pricing. In addition to the Bulletin's data reports, JWN also offers a broad spectrum of data sets and tools which offer market and competitive insights – including an ever-strengthening platform for the oilsands industry.

The two groups will work together to strengthen the breadth and depth of the services they offer, said Whitelaw. 

"Whether people are seeking macro-level perspectives on global activity or very specific insights into company benchmarking, we're going to be able to meet their needs with customised solutions. Our joint objective is to move ever closer to our customers' decision-making processes – and help them make the right decisions, at the right time, with the right information."

For more information on the new partnership between Evaluate Energy and JWN, please call:

Bill Whitelaw


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Oil & Gas M&A in Upstream Sector Falls to $34.5 Billion in Q3 2014

Posted by Mark Young

Oct 2, 2014 7:38:00 AM

Q3 2014 was a quieter period for global oil and gas M&A activity compared to the previous quarter, but 2014 is still on track to have a greater total M&A spend than 2013.

The total value of E&P deals worldwide in the quarter amounted to $34.5 billion, an approximate 30% drop on the total value of deals announced in Q2. North American activity grew for the 5th consecutive quarter but, curiously, deals outside of North America almost dried up completely; deals in North America made up almost 86% of the total deal value worldwide.


The rise in deals in North America could be attributable to various factors. Unconventional oil resource plays are still the hottest properties on the market, with the Permian basin seeming to the current centre of highest demand. There are also many cases of companies with a diverse variety of assets trying to streamline their property holdings to give a more specific area of focus and as a result many North American assets have been made available for purchase. This stands in stark contrast to a few years ago where companies looked to hoard as much shale and unconventional acreage as possible across every play they could find. With the increasing gas prices and the approaching reality of North American gas exports, gas assets are also becoming more and more marketable. As for deal value drying up outside of North America, it is very hard to pinpoint any specific factors that would drive down activity. The number of deals announced outside of North America has been reasonably consistent over the last few quarters, so this points to the lack of “big” deals being the main contributor of the low deal value. In Q3 2014, there were only 2 deals announced outside of North America with a value of more than US$500 million, one of those happening on the very last day. In Q1 and Q2 2014, there were 8 and 12 such deals respectively.

US Permian Basin – High Demand in Q3 2014

Whilst Q3 2014 seems to have been a quiet period for global E&P M&A activity, the US Permian basin has seen a hectic few months in contrast. Acquisitions in the Permian basin made up nearly half of the total E&P deal value in the US and just under a third of total E&P deal value worldwide at around US$11.2 billion. M&A activity in the Permian Basin has been on the rise since Q1 2014.


Encana Speeds Up Move to Oil Production with Biggest Deal of the Quarter

In late September, Encana, Canada’s biggest gas producer, signed the largest deal of the quarter in agreeing to acquire Texas-based Athlon Energy Inc. for around US$5.93 billion in cash. Once the assumed debt of US$1.15 billion as well as Athlon’s cash position of around US$243 million is taken into consideration, the deal represents a total outlay by Encana of US$6.84 billion.

The deal marks Encana’s entry into the Permian basin, which seems to be the most sought after resource play in North America right now. It is typically oil rich from shale and other tight, unconventional formations. Encana’s acquisition of Athlon is a huge step for the company in quickly realising its goal to become a more oil weighted company. Of all the companies listed on the TSX, Encana is the biggest gas producer but only ranks as the 11th biggest oil producer. Encana’s board has been seeking to rectify that in recent times, solely focusing efforts on its North American unconventional resource plays. The multi-billion dollar spin-off of PrairieSky Royalty Ltd., which closed in September, was part of this strategy and helped leave the Canadian company with ownership positions in the following shale plays:


Encana’s positions in the plays listed above gives them a large amount of current natural gas production, but any oil is mainly prospective, future production. The position in the Permian basin (roughly 140,000 acres) will add to this, but does give Encana some immediate oil production (the 30,000 boe/d acquired was made up of 80% oil, 20% natural gas) to bolster its figures. The future potential of the asset and Encana’s plans to quickly expand the oil portion of its portfolio will explain the relatively high prices paid per boe/d of production and per boe of 1P reserves ($223k and $38.69 respectively).

All Permian Basin Deals in Q3 2014


Whiting to Become the Largest Bakken Producer as Baytex Moves South

Whiting Petroleum announced the second biggest deal of Q3 2014 with the US$6 billion acquisition of Kodiak Oil & Gas. The acquisition adds approximately 34,000 boe/d to Whiting’s Bakken portfolio, according to Q1 2014 figures from Kodiak. Its new combined acreage position of 855,000 net acres is still not as large as Continental Resources, which holds over 1.2 million acres in the play, but this additional production combines with Whiting’s own reported Q1 production to give 107,000 boe/d from the first quarter’s operations, which is higher than Continental’s 97,500 boe/d in the same period. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year. The Bakken has seen a lot of deals like this in recent years, with companies agreeing deals that consolidate already significant acreage positions in the play, suggesting that the Bakken is an area where only those with the largest scale operations can succeed. Of course, the flip-side to this is that smaller operators find things difficult and Baytex Energy has followed in the footsteps of Magnum Hunter Resources and QEP Resources (to name only two from recent times) this quarter in selling off acreage in the Bakken.

Baytex Energy is actually a very interesting case study; the company’s US business has changed completely within the first nine months of 2014. At the turn of the year, the company was operating in the Bakken and agreed to acquire Aurora Oil & Gas, a South Texas Eagle Ford producer, in February. Around the time of this deal completing late in the second quarter, Baytex (currently Canada’s 19th biggest producing company) began a portfolio review aimed at identifying and selling producing assets with lower rates of return that would not be the focus of major investment going forward. The Bakken assets that were held at the turn of the year are the first major assets to be sold; Baytex announced a deal with SM Energy in July to sell the Bakken properties for US$330.5 million. So within nine months (the Bakken sale closed in late September) the company’s US business has moved south in its entirety, now completely focused on Texas and the Eagle Ford shale, where wells cost around US$1.7 million less to drill on average, according to latest data from the Evaluate Energy North American shale play database (see note 1).

Murphy Oil sells Stake in Malaysian Assets on Last Day of Quarter

The biggest deal outside of North America this quarter was announced on 30th September, as Indonesia’s Pertamina agreed to acquire 30% of Murphy Oil’s Malaysian offshore assets for US$2 billion. Offshore assets can be costly to maintain, and the reduced ownership for Murphy will free up significant funds every year for the company to reassign towards its core Eagle Ford position back in the US or towards other acquisition opportunities. For Pertamina, this may only be the start of things to come as the company continues to struggle with demand back home in Indonesia. More deals like this should be expected from Pertamina as demand for oil and gas is growing while production is falling. Consequently, sourcing cheaper imports are becoming a much higher priority than ever before and acquiring overseas stakes will assist in this endeavour.

Top 10 E&P Deals Worldwide in Q3 2014



1) In the Bakken, company guidance for the year 2014 gave an average well cost estimate of US$8.9 million, and Eagle Ford wells averaged at a cost of US$7.2 million.

This report was created using the Evaluate Energy M&A Database which holds all E&P deals back to 2008. The database also now includes Refinery, Midstream (inc. Pipelines and LNG) and Service Sector deals. To find out more about Evaluate Energy's M&A offering, please download our brochure.

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The Top 100 Canadian Oil & Gas Companies

Posted by Mark Young

Sep 29, 2014 12:24:00 PM

CanOils is pleased to announce the release of its new free report, Canada's Top 100 Oil & Gas Companies, which has been compiled using Q2 2014 canadian oil & gas production results from all TSX and TSX-V listed Canadian oil and gas companies in the CanOils database.

 Oil Sands Maintenance has a Major Impact towards the Top of the Rankings

Both Imperial Oil and Canadian Oil Sands suffered temporary but significant falls in production in the second quarter of 2014. Canadian Oil Sands is the main operator at the Syncrude project and both planned and unplanned maintenance impacted production here throughout April, causing the Alberta-based company’s production to fall by around 28,000 boe/d. This meant that Canadian Oil Sands fell 2 places and now ranks as Canada’s 14th biggest oil and gas producer. Imperial’s fall in production was even greater, as alongside the maintenance issues at Syncrude, in which Imperial is also a partner, maintenance at both Cold Lake and Kearl caused a second quarter fall in production of 43,000 boe/d from Q1 2014. Husky Energy, a company that has increased production by around 25,000 boe/d since the turn of the year, now occupies 5th position in the rankings following Imperial’s temporary decrease.

Differing fortunes for Canadian Companies in UK North Sea

The UK North Sea was the location for two of the more significant movers in this quarter’s rankings. Ithaca Energy Inc. was the third highest climber, a 5,000 boe/d increase in production in the area saw the company leap 13 places into 44th position. The company has recently completed the acquisition of Summit Petroleum in the North Sea as well, so further climbs should probably be expected in subsequent periods. Another UK North Sea operator, Iona Energy Inc., in contrast, was the quarter’s second biggest faller, suffering operational difficulties at its Huntington property that resulted in a 34% decrease in production in Q2 2014.


Source: CanOils via Canada's Top 100 Oil & Gas Companies, June 2014

Download the complete report on Canada’s Top 100 Oil & Gas Companies from CanOils here for free now.


The CanOils database provides clients with efficient data solutions to oil and gas company analysis, with 10+ years financial and operating data for over 300 Canadian oil and gas companies, M&A deals, Financings, Company Forecasts and Guidance, as well as an industry leading oil sands product.


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US Companies Benefit from Move from Natural Gas to Oil Production

Posted by Mark Young

Aug 26, 2014 7:42:00 AM

The last few years have seen many of the oil and gas companies in the United States change their strategy away from natural gas and focus on oil producing assets due to low gas prices. Despite the steady and gradual recovery in the Henry Hub benchmark gas price in the US since the middle of 2012, second quarter data from a group of US oil and gas producers in the Evaluate Energy database shows that this move towards oil production has still been very worthwhile.


Source: Evaluate Energy - The Henry Hub gas price shows a gradual increase on average from Q2 2012 ($2.29/mcf) to Q2 2014 ($4.60/mcf) while the WTI oil price has stayed relatively stable at around $90-$100/bbl in the same timeframe.

To show how worthwhile the strategy change has been, a group of 20 US domestic oil and gas producing companies with market caps between $1 billion and $10 billion have been selected. All of the companies in question were gas weighted - produced more gas than oil - in Q2 2012. The companies in that group that have switched their strategies to now be producing more oil than gas in Q2 2014 are shown in the chart below. The strategy was carried out by either buying oil assets, selling natural gas wells or by simply reallocating capital away from gas to develop oil projects instead.


Source: Evaluate Energy

The other half of the group, shown in the chart below, is still gas weighted. As 3 of these companies - Comstock Resources, Goodrich Petroleum and QEP Resources - have shown a distinct movement towards oil production similar to those companies in the graph above, these will be considered as companies who have made a strategy change as well, despite still technically being gas weighted. 


Source: Evaluate Energy

In the chart below, 5 significant metrics have been chosen to show how these 2 groups of companies have fared since the second quarter of 2012. The group of companies that changed strategy (see note 1) are denoted as “oil” in the chart below, and the companies who remained natural gas weighted are denoted as “gas” (see note 2). Each group’s results for the 5 metrics in the graph below have been taken from the Evaluate Energy database and averaged out for Q2 2012 and Q2 2014. The average % increase in that time for all metrics is displayed in the chart.


Source: Evaluate Energy

As you can see, whilst gas producers are doing better than in 2012, the percentage increases for those companies who switched their strategies to focus efforts on oil production are much greater. There is a slightly larger increase in operating expenses associated to oil production, but this is more than offset by the increases in other areas.

On average, revenues per barrel have increased by double the percentage of the gas producers and the difference between the respective increases in operating netbacks is very striking. This has also translated into higher cash from operations in the financial statements. The market has also clearly approved of the switch to oil, with market caps for the oil producers now nearly 70% higher than they were in 2012.

It is clear that the change in strategy has paid off for those who were able to do it. Whilst the gas producers are better off with the higher gas prices in 2014, the move to oil has boosted the other half of the 2012 gas weighted peer group by a much larger degree.


1) The companies that have changed strategy since 2012 and included in the “oil” group are Bill Barrett Corp. (BBG), Breitburn Energy Partners (BBEP), Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO), Energen Corp. (EGN), MDU Resources Corp. (MDU), Newfield Exploration (NFX), Penn Virginia (PVA), SM Energy Co (SM) and W&T Offshore (WTI). Comstock Resources (CRK), Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) and QEP Resources (QEP) are also included in this group despite still being gas weighted, as they have shown large movements towards oil production since 2012.

2) The companies who have remained gas weighted and are included in the “gas” group are Atlas Resources Partners (ARP), EV Energy Partners (EVEP), EXCO Resources (XCO), Magnum Hunter Resources (MHR), National Fuel Gas (NFG), Ultra Petroleum Corp. (UPL), Unit Corp. (UNT), and WPX Energy (WPX).

This report was created using second quarter data for 20 US oil and gas companies in the Evaluate Energy database. Evaluate Energy holds quarterly and annual financial and operating data for 300+ of the world’s biggest and most significant oil and gas companies. 

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Risk Appetites Changing for Major Oil

Posted by Richard Krijgsman

Aug 6, 2014 4:52:00 AM

Analysis of country risk profiles for different major oil and gas companies reveals wide differences between companies with some - such as ENI and Total - concentrating their production in countries deemed much riskier by international rating agencies. The analysis, undertaken by Evaluate Energy, calculated a consensus country risk weighted by oil and gas production by country for both 2000 and 2013.  Country risk in each country was estimated by Evaluate Energy based on a consensus of country risk ratings published by Fitch, S&P, Moody's, Institutional Investor and the OECD.  The Evaluate Energy methodology translates and standardises each of the rating agency's particular ratings to numbers 1-7 where 1 is less risky and 7 is very risky.



ENI has one of the highest country risk appetites, and this has increased in the last decade as the company expanded production in Libya, Algeria, Angola, the Congo, Nigeria and Kazakhstan while its relatively 'low risk' European production declined.

Total's relatively high country risk profile stems from its focus on African production and its European production has also declined over the period. Petrobras' risk profile has fallen in the last decade as the financial markets began to take a rosier view of the risks attached to doing business in Brazil.

BP increased its country risk exposure noticeably since 2000, albeit from much lower levels, as its European and North American production declined and as it boosted output in Azerbaijan and Trinidad and Tobago. In fact, the company's risk profile is probably even higher if its stake in Rosneft is taken into account.

Apache's risk profile increased significantly due to the ramp up in Egyptian output over the period.

Other companies with much lower risk profiles include ExxonMobil, Devon, ConocoPhillips and Anadarko. ExxonMobil to take one example has 86% of its oil and gas production sourced from what the rating agencies consider the 'lower risk' OECD countries.

This report was completed using the Evaluate Energy database, which holds 20+ years of financial and operating data for the world's biggest and most important oil and gas companies. Evaluate Energy now provides a Production Portfolio Risk Rating for all producing companies in the database.

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EIA: Major Oil & Gas Companies Take on Debt to Meet Spending Needs

Posted by Mark Young

Aug 5, 2014 3:44:00 AM

In a recent study using quarterly company data from the Evaluate Energy database, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) concluded that the gap between cash from operations and the main uses of cash for 127 of the world's major oil and gas companies has widened in recent years from a low of $18 billion in 2010 to $100 billion to $120 billion during the past three years. 

To meet spending with a relatively recent flat growth in cash from operations, companies increased their borrowing. When comparing the major sources of cash for the first quarter only, the net increase in debt has made up at least 20% of cash since 2012.


Read the full EIA study here

This study was completed using Evaluate Energy's 20+ years of oil and gas financial and operating data.

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Oil & Gas M&A in Upstream Sector Reaches $51.3 Billion in Q2 2014

Posted by Mark Young

Jul 3, 2014 10:22:00 AM

Following a lacklustre first quarter for M&A activity in the oil and gas upstream sector, the second quarter of 2014 saw a spectacular rebound according to anaysis from Evaluate Energy. The total upstream deal value of US$51.3 billion is the highest single quarter total since 2012.

Quarterly Upstream Deal Value by Deal Type 2012-2014 


Source: Evaluate Energy M&A Database

The majority of the increase in global upstream deal activity is attributable to companies and assets based in North America, where the total value of upstream deals announced increased for the fourth quarter in a row. Deals to acquire North American upstream assets or businesses made up 47% of the total deal value (US$24.3 billion) in the second quarter of 2014.


Source: Evaluate Energy M&A Database

American Energy Partners LP Continues with Utica Acquisitions

Acquisitions by North American companies also made up 47% of the quarterly total upstream deal value. Amongst the biggest-spending North American companies this quarter was the Aubrey K. McClendon-led American Energy Partners LP (AELP), which made large acquisitions in the prolific Permian Basin (US$2.5 billion) and the Marcellus and Utica shale plays (US$1.75 billion) in early June. McClendon was an early champion of the Utica shale in his Chesapeake Energy days and the acquisition continues to show that his faith in the play's potential has not wavered; this US$1.75 billion deal was AELP’s fourth acquisition this year to include a position in the Utica shale.

Apache, Devon, Encana & Freeport-McMoRan Streamline North American Positions

On the whole, AELP’s activity was a rare case as most other acquisitions in the quarter of this size were accompanied by a similarly-sized sale of assets elsewhere; it seems many North American companies are focused on streamlining positions rather than making large acreage gains like AELP. The motivation behind this streamlining of strategies will most likely be high North American production costs as well as low gas prices that have caused major rethinks for many companies trying to keep netbacks in line with shareholder expectations.

Apache Corp., Devon Energy, Encana Corp. and Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (FCX) are four big North American companies who conducted the highest profile restructurings within the region this quarter.

Apache continued its US$4 billion divestiture plan to aid debt repayment and share buybacks by completing the US$1.4 billion sale of the Lucius and Heidelberg Gulf of Mexico shelf prospects to FCX and entities exercising pre-emptive rights over the assets. FCX had originally agreed to acquire the full stakes held by Apache in the assets but eventually ended up contributing US$919 million of the US$1.4 billion Apache received in consideration. This acquisition by FCX was funded by the biggest single deal of the second quarter, an agreement to sell 45,500 acres and 59 million barrels of proved reserves in the Eagle Ford shale to Encana for US$3.1 billion. FCX – having increased its focus on the Gulf of Mexico - will use the rest of the proceeds from this sale to redeem $1.7 billion in senior notes. In turn, Encana made a couple of sales of its own to fund this Eagle Ford acquisition. In April, the company agreed to sell some East Texas assets for approximately US$486 million and then in June, Apollo Global Management LLC – a New York-based private equity investor – acquired the company’s Bighorn Alberta Deep basin assets in Canada for US$1.8 billion.

Devon completed the majority of its own restructuring plan last quarter, completing the biggest deal of 2013 to finalise its entry into the Eagle Ford shale for US$6 billion, as well as announcing the sale of non-core assets in Canada to CNRL for US$2.9 billion. The final piece of the company’s restructuring jigsaw – a US$2.3 billion deal that will see Linn Energy acquire Devon’s non-core onshore assets - was announced on the very last day of the second quarter. Once this final deal is complete, the restructuring process for Devon will be over and it is hard to argue that it has not gone well; the company now has a premier position in one of the US’ most attractive shale plays, lucrative oil and condensates will have risen to form 60% of the company’s oil & gas production by year end and net debt will have been reduced by US$4 billion.

Outside of North America, further large restructuring operations took place this quarter and amongst the highest profile of these was Hess Corp’s latest deal on its way to becoming a single-resource play company. Hess agreed to sell its Thai business to state-backed PTTEP for US$1 billion. In Chad, Chevron decided to sell its 25% stake in producing assets and a pipeline to the Central African country’s government for US$1.3 billion. These deals made up the majority of the total state-backed deal value this quarter, as state-backed entities have had a very quiet 2014 with only US$3.2 billion of deals in the second quarter after a first quarter total of US$1.8 billion – in Q3 and Q4 2013 state-backed companies were involved in nearly US$25 billion of upstream deals combined.

Investment Firms Active in Q2 2014

Apollo Global Management was not the only investment firm to be active in the upstream M&A arena in the second quarter. Morgan Stanley completed Repsol’s exit from Argentina by acquiring the final 11.86% stake in YPF SA held by the Spanish major for US$1.4 billion including debt, whilst various investment firms were involved in the combined US$3 billion acquisition of a 9.5% stake in Australia’s Woodside Petroleum from Royal Dutch Shell. This willingness of private investment firms to buy interests in global E&P assets speaks volumes for the confidence held in the sector right now, despite ever-climbing operational costs seeming to hinder the profit-making abilities of upstream companies worldwide.

This report was created using the Evaluate Energy M&A database. The database includes every upstream and downstream acquisition since 2008. Evaluate Energy provides clients with efficient data solutions for oil and gas company analysis. Alongside our M&A product, Evaluate Energy also has historical financial and operating data for 300+ of the world’s biggest and most important oil and gas companies, a global assets database and a North American shale-focused product. Download our brochure here.

Top 10 Upstream Deals in Q2 2014



Target Country

Brief Description

Total Acquisition Cost (US$000s)

Encana Corporation

Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas LLC and PXP Producing Company LLC

United States

Encana acquires 45,500 net Eagle Ford acres in heart of the oil-rich portion of the play


Various Investment Firms

A 9.5% stake in Woodside Petroleum from Royal Dutch Shell


Royal Dutch Shell plc disposes 9.5% of its share in Woodside Petroleum Limited to a range of equity market investors


Woodside Petroleum

A 9.5% stake in Woodside Petroleum from Royal Dutch Shell


Woodside Petroleum Limited buys back 9.5% of its own shares from Royal Dutch Shell plc


Det Norske

Marathon Oil Norge AS


Det Norske Oljeselskap ASA acquires Marathon Oil's wholly owned subsidiary, Marathon Oil Norge AS


American Energy Partners, LP

Enduring Resources, LLC

United States

American Energy Partners, LP, through its subsidiary American Energy – Permian Basin, LLC, acquires approximately 63,000 net acres from Enduring Resources, LLC


Linn Energy

Devon Energy Corporation

United States

Linn Energy acquires Devon's non-core US oil and gas properties in the Rockies, onshore Gulf Coast and Mid-Continent regions


Al Mirqab Capital SPC

Heritage Oil Plc


Energy Investments Global Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Al Mirqab Capital SPC makes a cash offer to acquire Heritage Oil Plc


Apollo Global Management, LLC

EnCana Corporation


Jupiter Resources, held by Apollo Global Management, acquires Encana's Bighorn assets in the Alberta Deep Basin


American Energy Partners, LP

East Resources, Inc. and an unnamed private company

United States

American Energy Partners, LP (through subsidiaries) acquires approximately 75,000 net acres in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays from East Resources, Inc. and an unnamed private company


Glencore Xstrata plc

Caracal Energy Inc.


Glencore Xstrata plc acquires Caracal Energy Inc.




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North American Oil Production Rises by 34% in 10 Years

Posted by Ilda Sejdia

Jul 1, 2014 9:42:00 AM

North American oil production is 34% higher now than in 2003, whilst natural gas production in the Middle East has doubled over the same time period. These are the major takeaways from a new analysis from Evaluate Energy’s Global database that looks at the latest BP Statistical Review and EIA figures for country-by-country oil and gas data.

12 Month Analysis

Over the last year, the main changes in production include the following:

  • Global crude/NGL production increased by 0.6%. The North American region recorded the largest percentage growth by 10.4%. The MENA region (Middle East & North Africa) recorded the largest decline in Oil/NGL production 16.2% and that can be attributed to the political and social unrest within the region causing various production outages. Crude/NGL Production in East Africa increased from to 134,000 barrels per day to 221,000 barrels per day as a result of the production resumption in South Sudan. Global proved Oil/NGL reserves fell by almost 6% from 2012 to 1,585.5 billion barrels at the end of 2013.


Source: Evaluate Energy Global Database via BP Statistical Review 2013

  • Global natural gas production was largely stable over the year, only increasing by 0.6% in 2013. Africa saw a large reduction of 11.9% in the last year however, which can be attributed to the fall of gas production in Nigeria (16.44%) and Algeria (3.29%). Global proved gas reserves stood at 6,554,975 billion cubic feet at the end of 2013.


Source: Evaluate Energy Global Database via BP Statistical Review 2013

10 Year Analysis - 2003-2013

Comparing the figures for 2013 with those of 10 years ago we observe the following:

  • Unsurprisingly following the shale gas and liquids boom of the mid-late 2000’s, the largest 10-year increase in Crude/NGL production levels happened in North America (34.6%). Other regions that experienced increases in Crude/NGL production were Asia Central (33.1%) and Africa (28%). The largest falls in Crude/NGL production were recorded in Europe - which nearly halved its annual oil production over the 10 year period - and North Africa (22.3%).
  • Natural gas production has doubled in the last 10 years in the Middle East region. Other regions exhibiting large increases in natural gas production were Africa (87.5%), Asia Pacific (48.9%) and Asia Central (10.9%). Europe was the only region to experience a fall in natural gas production over the 10 year period, recording a 7.1% decline from 2003 production levels.
  • In 2013, global proved crude/NGL reserves have increased by 18.8% since 2003, although since last year this figure has fallen by around 6%. Proved Crude/NGL reserves in Latin America are 2.9 times larger compared to 2003. The huge discoveries in Brazil’s Pre-Salt Basins are a very significant contributing factor to this increase; with discoveries such as the Libra field, Brazil has seen an increase of approximately 47.1% in oil reserves from 2003 levels. Other countries contributing to the Latin American increase in crude/NGL reserves are Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, whereas Mexico shows a relatively stagnant proved reserves figure from 2004 onwards. East Africa also shows a very dramatic increase in proved crude/NGL reserves, which can be attributed to Sudan and South Sudan’s abundant reserves.
  • In 2013, global proved natural gas reserves increased by 19.4% since 2003. The shale gas boom means that the single largest 10 year increase occurred in North America (63.4%), while Asia Central (44.6%) and Asia Pacific (20.1%) both showed their own significant increase.

This report was created using the Evaluate Energy global database, which holds annual country by country oil and gas operational data back to 1989, including oil and gas production, reserves and reserves life figures, as well as import and export statistics and refinery capacities. The data for the global database is compiled using the BP Statistical Review and the EIA.

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Africa Needs Greater Oil Refinery Capacity Urgently

Posted by Heather Brooks

Jun 23, 2014 11:02:24 AM

Africa is struggling over the growing need for fuel accompanying its economic expansion and the stagnation of its refining capacity.

Despite producing 3.5 times the amount of oil consumed in its raw state, there is still a reliance on imported fuels. There is no denying Africa’s growing need for fuel but refineries are not being built as planned when left to the free market. For example, Algeria’s crude production has remained roughly the same over the past decade according to Evaluate Energy’s latest data available. However, consumption has increased by 50% over the same time frame. This is well over the demand growth rate within developed regions such as the United States, which had a 6% decrease in this time. Algeria and other African countries are left to rely on fuel imports to supplement their production as they do not have enough refinery capacity to keep up with demand. It will take a long time for this to change according to Evaluate Energy data. Only three new refineries are ‘highly’ likely to be built by 2020 in Africa with the earliest of these due to be commissioned in 2017. These new projects, however, have been continually pushed back as companies abandon contracts and struggle to find investors. While European and Asian countries are expanding existing refineries and constructing new ones, there is only a 46,000 barrel per day total upgrade capacity to be added to refineries across all of Africa by 2016.

The main issue hampering the construction of refineries, even in areas with large local supplies of oil, is the lack of economic viability these projects hold in the free market. In Kenya, the recent oil discoveries would usually lead to potential expansion across the whole supply chain, yet Essar Oil abandoned plans in late 2013 to expand the country’s sole refinery, citing that the $1.2 billion cost would not be economically viable.

Kenya is ploughing ahead with other development plans however, click here for more details.

This economic viability issue may be relevant for public oil companies operating in the continent but many governments subsidise oil refined in Africa due to large income disparities in the local markets, which dramatically alters the investment criteria. It is estimated that imported fuel subsidies amount to just under $20 billion in Africa per year. In the medium term, governments would lose less money building a refinery, even with its large upfront cost due to the decreased reliance on importation. Therefore, for the few currently planned refinery projects this is where the funding is predominately coming from.

There are 19 planned refinery projects being tracked by Evaluate Energy in Africa which are considered to have at least a medium likelihood of completion. Algeria takes up 4 of this total with a potential capacity increase of over 300,000 barrels per day. The government of Uganda has been pushing for an oil refinery in its landlocked country for some time now. Uganda has oil to supply the refinery but the cost of such a venture has been difficult to justify so far given the comparably low fuel prices in Africa. Therefore, the planned refinery seems doubtful especially considering the 150,000 b/d capacity it is slated to handle. One proven alternative option was carried out in Djibouti with the purchase of an existing refinery from Saudi Aramco for $150 million. The old refinery was bought, dismantled, and shipped to Djibouti where it was reassembled to avoid the high cost of constructing a new refinery.

Africa_Refined_Product_Demand_2020Note: Evaluate Energy has only included refineries with at least a medium chance of being completed in this chart.

Evaluate Energy’s refinery database encompasses all active refineries worldwide with capacities, company ownership information, secondary conversions and nelson complexity indices. The database also covers all construction projects for refineries worldwide. 

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Top 100 Canadian Oil & Gas Companies

Posted by Mark Young

Jun 10, 2014 12:16:00 PM

CanOils is pleased to announce the release of its new free report, Canada's Top 100 Oil & Gas Companies, which has been compiled using Q1 2014 oil and gas production results from all TSX and TSX-V listed Canadian oil and gas companies in the CanOils database.

Maintenance, Disruptions and Winter Weather Cause Major Falls in the Rankings

The winter was not kind to TSX and TSX-V listed companies in 2014; poor weather conditions impacted transportation activities all over the world and this caused a cut down in production or complete shutdowns for many companies in the Top 100. Tethys Petroleum fell the furthest in the rankings since December 2013, now 11 places lower, due to harsh weather conditions in February and March in Kazakhstan. Ithaca Energy, another of the Top 100’s big fallers, also suffered from the weather, this time in the UK North Sea, where production at its Cook field had to be shutdown.

Civil disruptions also impacted certain companies. Gran Tierra fell victim to pipeline disruption activities in Colombia and recorded a 23% decrease in production in Q1 2014 compared to Q4 2013 and a 6 place fall in the Top 100 rankings.

As well as civil disruptions, enforced maintenance periods have also been affecting the Umusadege field in Nigeria for some time, which has caused Mart Resources to bounce up and down the rankings from quarter to quarter. This quarter the company rose by 18 places in the rankings, but do not rule out an equally drastic fall next quarter!

Raging River Continues to Climb as Top 20 Sees Little Movement

The top portion of the rankings is usually reasonably static from quarter to quarter, due to the larger production volumes associated with being this high in the rankings and Q1 2014 was no different. Husky Energy Inc. is a good example of this; the company recorded the highest increase in production out of all the TSX-listed companies this quarter (Q1 production averaged 17,000 boe/d higher than in Q4) but did not move up from 6th place, with a further 5,000 boe/d separating the company from Imperial Oil Ltd. in 5th place. Similarly, Penn West Petroleum did not fall in the rankings despite recording this quarter’s biggest fall in production of approximately 13,000 boe/d.

As we move down the rankings and the production volumes drop, movements are more frequent from one quarter to the next. Raging River Exploration Inc. is one company that has continuously been moving up the rankings over the past year. To see how far Raging River has moved in this time, you can download all of our previous Top 100 reports using this link, as well as other free oil and gas reports.

Top 5 Climbers and 5 Biggest Declines


Source: CanOils via Canada's Top 100 Oil & Gas Companies, March 2014

Download the complete report on Canada's Top 100 Oil & Gas Companies from CanOils here for free now.


Canada’s Top 100 Oil & Gas Companies is a new report from CanOils. The CanOils database provides clients with efficient data solutions to oil and gas company analysis, with 10+ years financial and operating data for over 300 Canadian oil and gas companies, M&A deals, Financings, Company Forecasts and Guidance, as well as an industry leading oil sands product.


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