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News Topics: Company Mergers, Acquisitions, & JVs

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Oando Raises Deposit to Acquire ConocoPhillip's Nigerian Upstream Business
Monday, April 21, 2014 Oando Energy Resources increases deposit to acquire ConocoPhillips' upstream oil and gas business in Nigeria.

AGL Settles Outstanding Cash Calls for PEL 96 JV in South Australia
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Strike Energy reports that partner Australian Gasfields has paid in full all of the past due cash calls for PEL 96 joint venture in South Australia.

Malaysia's Hong Leong Subscribes for $155M New Shares in Ezion
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Ezion Holdings announces that two subsidiaries of Malaysia's Hong Leong Company will each subscribe for 50 million new ordinary shares in the firm for approximately $155 million.

Eni, KrisEnergy Take Over Neon's 25% Stake in Blocks 105, 120 Off Vietnam
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Eni and KrisEnergy take over Neon Energy's 25 percent stake in two blocks offshore Vietnam after the latter defaulted on payments under the joint operating agreements.

Sugih Energy Withdraws Offer to Acquire Ramba Energy
Monday, April 14, 2014 PT Sugih Energy withdraws offer to acquire Singapore-listed oil and gas exploration and production company Ramba Energy.

Glencore To Buy Chad Oil Firm Caracal For $1.3B
Monday, April 14, 2014 Glencore Xstrata agrees to buy Caracal Energy for about $1.3 billion, a deal that will allow the commodity giant to expand upstream in the oil sector.

Chevron, YPF Boost Spending To Develop Argentine Shale
Thursday, April 10, 2014 Chevron and YPF say they would spend an additional $1.6 billion to continue developing Argentina's Vaca Muerta shale formation.

Seadrill Sells 4% Interest in SapuraKencana for $300M, Still Holds 8% Stake
Thursday, April 10, 2014 Seadrill sells 4% stake in SapuraKencana Petroleum for $300 million, reducing its interest in the Malaysian company to 8%.

Shell, CNPC to Cooperate in Deep-Sea Exploration, Shale Gas
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 Shell and CNPC sign a deal to boost cooperation in sectors like deep sea exploration as well as LNG and unconventional gas sources like shale, CNPC says.

Seadrill Plans up to $305M Selldown in Malaysia's SapuraKencana
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 Seadril plans to sell up to $305 million worth of shares in Malaysian oil and gas services firm SapuraKencana, according to a term sheet of the deal.

Oil & Gas M&A Reaches $33.4 Billion in 1Q 2014
Friday, April 04, 2014 The recent absence of major Chinese involvement and eroding profitability in the oil and gas industry has led to M&A reaching just $33.4B in 1Q 2014, Evaluate Energy reports.

Rosneft Buys Orenburg Drilling Company
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 Rosneft reports that it has acquired Orenburg Drilling Company in a move designed to reequip its drilling fleet.

Russia's Novatek Says to Get $980M for Gas Firm Stake Sale
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 Novatek says it has agreed to sell a 9.8% stake in SeverEnergia to Gazprom Neft for $980 million.

Swissco Inks Sale and Purchase Agreement to Acquire Scott and English
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 Swissco inks sale and purchase agreement with Double Dragon to acquire Scott and English Energy for $225 million.

Chevron, Polish Firm Jointly Explore For Shale Gas
Monday, March 31, 2014 PGNiG and Chevron agree to jointly hunt for shale gas in southwestern Poland in a move to speed up the exploration amid tension with major gas supplier Russia.

FT: Total In Talks With Russia's Lukoil For Partnering In Shale Projects
Friday, March 28, 2014 Total is planning to team up with Lukoil on its shale oil projects in Russia as the country resorts to unconventional resources to replace falling production in Siberia, the Financial Times reports.

Papua New Guinea's A$1.2B Loan for Oil Search Shares Faces Probe
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 An independent commission investigates whether the Papua New Guinean government broke its own rules when buying a key stake in oil and gas producer Oil Search.

Baker Hughes Seals Deal for CGG Technology in Shale Science Alliance
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Baker Hughes signs an exclusive agreement with CGG for RoqSCAN technology offered by CGG.

Rosneft Repays $10.6B in Loans before Time for TNK-BP Takeover
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Rosneft repays $10.6 billion in loans used to take over TNK-BP to international banks.

Dice Holdings Acquires OilCareers
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Transaction advances the company's position as the leading global player in online energy recruiting.

Snam CEO Says Could Wrap Up TAG Acquisition This Year
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Gas transport group Snam is in the process of acquiring a majority share in the TAG gas pipeline carrying Russian gas into Italy.

Cardno Acquires PPI Group for $145M
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Australia's infrastructure and environmental services consultancy Cardno acquires PPI Group for $145 million.

Managers at Russia's Rosneft Buy Up Its Shares
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Managers of Rosefeft scoop up shares in the Kremlin-controlled company that has been battered by the Ukraine crisis.

Marubeni Joins GDF in Offshore LNG Receiving Terminal Project in Uruguay
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Marubeni joins GDF Suez in an offshore liquefied natural gas receiving terminal project in Uruguay.

RWE Sells Oil and Gas Unit to Group Led by Russia's Fridman
Monday, March 17, 2014 RWE strikes a deal to sell its oil and gas production arm, DEA, to a group of investors led by Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman.

Imperial Oil Sells Properties to Whitecap for C$855M
Monday, March 17, 2014 Imperial Oil Ltd. will sell some of its oil and gas properties in Western Canada to Whitecap Resources for about C$855 million ($771.14 million).

Executives: ONGC, Oil India Complete $873M Stake Buy in IOC
Friday, March 14, 2014 India's ONGC and Oil India complete the purchase of a 10-percent stake in state refiner India Oil Corp for $873 million.

Hyperdynamics Says Tullow Claims Force Majeure in Offshore Guinea
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Hyperdynamics Corp says Tullow Oil, its partner in an offshore exploration block in Guinea, has claims regulatory investigations into Hyperdynamics constitute a 'force majeure'.

Energy XXI to Buy EPL Oil & Gas for $1.53B
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Energy XXI to pay $1.53 billion for EPL Oil & Gasin a deal that will see it become the largest public oil and gas producer on the US Gulf of Mexico shelf.

Drillsearch, QGC Agree New Terms for ATP 940P in Cooper Basin
Monday, March 10, 2014 Drillsearch Energy and QGC agree new terms for ATP 940P Cooper Basin Shale and Tight Gas Joint Venture in central Australia.

Landbridge Makes Unsolicited Takeover Bid for Westside
Monday, March 10, 2014 Landbridge makes an unsolicited takeover bid for Westside Corp., a coal seam gas producer with significant uncontracted gas reserves and exploration interests in Queensland, Australia.

Swissco Buys MODU, Service Rigs Provider Scott and English Energy for $225M
Monday, March 03, 2014 Swissco Holdings enters the offshore rig chartering business by acquiring Scott and English Energy for $225 million.

Repsol Seeking Upstream Buys After Argentina Settlement
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Repsol says it was on the lookout for acquisitions to boost its E&P business following the bruising loss of its Argentine energy arm two years ago.

Mermaid Marine Australia to Acquire Jaya Holdings for $495M
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Jaya Holdings agrees to sell its entire business to Mermaid Marine Australia Limited for around $495 million.