Chevron has simply turn out to be the most recent American oil main to have stop the UK North Sea after Delek Group’s totally owned North Sea E&P subsidiary, Ithaca Energy, stated on Monday it had accomplished the acquisition of Chevron’s North Sea property within the UK for US$2 billion.
Ithaca Energy introduced the deal in May. The completion of the transaction provides pursuits in ten producing fields to Ithaca Energy’s portfolio offshore the UK, together with pursuits in 4 oil fields and 6 gas-condensate fields.
“The considerably enlarged operations present a wonderful platform from which to maximise the worth of our high-quality asset portfolio and establishes the Company as a number one UK North Sea oil and fuel producer,” Ithaca Energy’s chief government Les Thomas stated on Monday, commenting on the completion of the transaction.
A pattern has emerged on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) in current months—smaller firms purchase property of worldwide oil majors, particularly U.S. majors.
Major U.S. oil and fuel firms have divested their UK portfolios previously 12 months as they concentrate on the shorter-cycle faster-payback U.S. shale.
Marathon Oil stated in February that it might be exiting the UK North Sea because it continues to concentrate on high-return U.S. shale oil operations.
In April, ConocoPhillips introduced the sale of its UK oil and fuel enterprise to Chrysaor Holdings for US$2.675 billion. The deal was accomplished on the finish of September, and added two new operated hubs to Chrysaor’s portfolio within the UK Central North Sea – Britannia and J-Block – along with an curiosity within the Clair Field space.
An analogous pattern is shaping up in waters neighboring the UK, offshore Norway. Chevron turned final 12 months the primary supermajor to depart the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
In September this 12 months, the opposite U.S. oil supermajor, ExxonMobil, signed a deal to promote its non-operated upstream property in Norway to Vår Energi AS for US$four.5 billion, as a part of a plan to divest US$15 billion price of non-strategic property by 2021.
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