Statoil Reduces Marcellus Holdings in $394M Deal with Southwestern

follow the bouncing ballTime to follow the bouncing ball–this is a tad complicated, but we’ll do our best to explain it. In 2008, Chesapeake Energy (under then-CEO Aubrey McClendon) took on a “silent” investing partner for 600,000 net acres in the Marcellus of West Virginia and southwest Pennsylvania. The non-operating partner for the acreage was Norwegian company Statoil, with a 32.5% interest in the acreage. Statoil put up buckets of money and Chessy did the drilling. Fast forward to October of this year. Chesapeake cut a deal to sell most of that acreage–some 413,000 acres with 435 drilled wells (see Chesapeake Sells Close to 25% of Marcellus/Utica Operation). The buyer is Southwestern Energy. In order for the deal to close, Statoil has to sign on. Today, Statoil announced they have cut a deal with Southwestern to reduce Statoil’s now 29% interest in the acreage down to a 23% interest, in return for a $394 million check from Southwestern…

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