Magnum Hunter Resources tripled production year over year in the first quarter and the Eagle Ford is helping drive the company’s strong growth. In the first three months of the year, the company drilled four operated wells that all came on line at more than 1,325 boe/d, with the best well testing 2,250 boe/d. All production rates were reported from one day tests. [Read more…]
Oil India is out wining and dining Eagle Ford operators. The company announced it is looking for a minority stake of 20-30% in U.S. shale acreage and is looking at the Eagle Ford. Gail and Carrizo Inked an Eagle Ford JV in September of 2011 and Reliance and Pioneer inked a shale deal in 2010, so it’s no surprise to see Oil India might want to follow suit.
Oil India has spoken with ConocoPhillips and word hit the news wire early Monday. While it is not out of the realm of possibility, a joint-venture between the two companies would likely include much more than the $200-300 million investment Oil India is looking to make. Oil India might have assets it is willing to trade, but if not the company is much more likely to find a suitable partner in a company with a smaller acreage position. Using the $25,000 per acre price paid in the Hunt Oil -Marubeni Partnership announced two weeks ago, Oil India is in the market to buy 10,000-15,000 acres of prime Eagle Ford acreage. That’s much less than 20-30% of Conoco’s 220,000+ acres in the play. If the two companies reach an agreement, it will include additional consideration or it will be limited to a much smaller area than Conoco’s current footprint in South Texas. [Read more…]
Marubeni Corporation and Hunt Oil have reached a joint venture (JV) agreement whereby the Japanese company is acquiring 52,000 net acres for $1.3 billion. Hunt Oil is just the latest of many Eagle Ford Shale operators to sell a non-operated interest in their acreage.
The $1.3 billion for 52,000 acres equates to a ~$25,000 per acre valuation undiscounted. The deal value will be split between an upfront payment and a carried interset in development of the play until the $1.3 billion is spent.
Hunt and Marubeni have combined interest in almost 150,000 acres and will jointly acquire additional acreage across the play. Hunt Oil operates wells or has operated a rig in Gonzales County, Karnes County, La Salle County, McMullen County, and Wilson County in our coverage area. We assume this deal covers much if not all of this area. Neither Hunt nor Marubeni disclosed the location of the JV’s acreage.