CNOOC, Chesapeake Close Eagle Ford Deal
Chesapeake Energy Corp. and CNOOC Limited on Tuesday announced the closing of a project cooperation agreement whereby CNOOC International Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, purchased a 33.3% undivided interest in Chesapeake's 600,000 net oil and natural gas leasehold acres in the Eagle Ford Shale project in South Texas. The consideration for the transaction was $1.08 billion in cash, plus an additional $40 million payment adjustment at closing. In addition, CNOOC Limited has agreed to fund 75% of Chesapeake's share of drilling and completion costs up to $1.08 billion, which Chesapeake expects to occur by year-end 2012.
Aubrey K. McClendon, Chesapeake's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are very pleased to have partnered with CNOOC Limited in completing our fifth industry shale development transaction. We look forward to accelerating the development of this large domestic oil and natural gas resource, resulting in a reduction of our country's oil imports over time, the creation of thousands of high-paying jobs in the U.S. and the payment of very significant local, state and federal taxes."
Fu Chengyu, Chairman of CNOOC Limited, stated, "We are delighted to close the transaction and further grow our business in line with our overseas development strategy. With our partner's expertise and experience in the shale oil and natural gas development, I believe the project will bring substantial benefits to both parties."
Chesapeake's advisor on the transaction was Jefferies & Company, Inc., and CNOOC Limited's advisor was Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Securities, Inc.