Dominion’s Quest to Buy Questar for $4.4B Advances

In February MDN told you that midstream and local utility Dominion, with a major presence in the Marcellus/Utica region, has floated a takover offer to Questar Corporation, offering to buy the company for $4.4 billion (see Dominion Resources Makes Play for Western NatGas Company Questar). Questar is a Rockies-based integrated natural gas company operating through three subsidiaries: Questar Gas provides retail natural gas distribution in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho; Wexpro develops and produces natural gas on behalf of Questar Gas; and Questar Pipeline operates interstate natural gas pipelines and storage facilities in the Western U.S. The deal is an attempt by Dominion to diversify out of the northeast/Mid-Atlantic region. There are lots of good reasons for Dominion to buy Questar. We wonder if Dominion has any plans to flow cheap northeast gas West. That’s why we keep an eye on this story. Since our initial story, the Dominion/Questar deal has progressed. The Federal Trade Commission didn’t object to the deal–which means they approve of it; and Dominion has filed paperwork in Utah and Wyoming to combine the two businesses…

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