Noble Energy Plans Expansion into Eagle Ford

Company Announces $2.1 Billion Merger with Rosetta
Rosetta-Noble Merger

Rosetta Resources and Noble Energy to Merge

Houston-based Noble Energy announced Monday it plans to get into the shale business by acquiring independent producer, Rosetta Resources. The $2.1 billion deal will allow Noble to move into over 100,000 Texas acres including 50,000 in the Eagle Ford.

After months of instability due to low and fluctuating crude prices, this deal is significant because it reveals a renewed confidence in the industry and the tenacity and resilience of U.S. producers. Many also believe it may be a tipping point for future mergers.

The Wall Street Journal speculates that “ It is possible the merger of these two shale drillers will ultimately aid a rebound in oil prices. For now, though, it demonstrates the exploration-and-production sector’s ability to keep going in adverse conditions.”

Rosetta is a leading producer in the The Eagle Ford and reported 2015 Q1 production at 58.4 MBoe/d, a 17% increase from the same period last year.  Also during the quarter, the company spent $67.8 million for drilling and completion activity: they drilled three wells were drilled, 14 completed and 11 were brought on production.

Dave Stover, Noble Energy’s Chairman, CEO, and President stated, “I am excited to announce this strategic transaction which adds two exceptional and material areas to our global portfolio.  The Eagle Ford and the Permian are premier unconventional resource plays, two of the most economic in the U.S., which will expand our resource base and development inventory and further diversify our portfolio.”
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Elizabeth Alford

Elizabeth Alford

Elizabeth Alford writes on significant news developments in the Eagle Ford oil and gas play taking place across South TX. She is a freelance writer with an extensive communications, PR, and staff writing background.
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