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$ENB and $SE said their merger has received all regulatory clearances under the merger agreement, including from the Canadian Competition Bureau, and is expected to close on Feb. 27, 2017. $SE will make its final common share dividend payment on March 1, 2017 to its shareholders of record on Feb. 15, 2017.
$WPZ's Transco pipeline delivered 15.58MM dekatherms of natural gas on Jan. 5, 2018. The Transco system, which stretches from South Texas to New York City, also established a new three-day market area delivery record, averaging 14.90 MMdt from Jan. 4 to Jan. 6, 2018.
$COG agreed to sell its operated and non-operated Eagle Ford Shale assets to an affiliate of Venado Oil & Gas LLC for $765MM. This transaction is expected to close during 1Q18. Separately, the company announced the sale of its remaining East Texas assets to an undisclosed buyer that is expected to close on or before July 1, 2018.
$NOG Chairman Rich Weber announced his resignation to allow him to focus his time on his responsibilities as Chairman and CEO of PennEnergy Resources. The Board appointed current director Bahram Akradi as Lead Independent Director and a member of Executive Committee. Akradi and the Executive Committee will provide leadership on an ongoing basis.
$NOG's Board approved a preliminary 2018 capital budget of up to $176MM, which contemplates 20-22 net wells added to production during 2018. Based on this preliminary budget, 2018 annual production is expected to increase by 10-14% when compared to 2017. The Board also sees a 10-15% reduction in general and administrative expenses from 2017.
$NOG now expects 4Q17 average daily production to increase by 4-6% over 3Q17, compared to prior guidance indicating flat sequential production at the mid-point. The company now expects to add about 5-6 net wells to production and oil differential to improve by $1.50 per barrel.
$AES agreed to sell its equity interest Masin-AES Pte. to SMC Global Power Holdings. SMC Global Power is also purchasing the remaining 49% equity interest in the same assets, held by Electricity Generating Public Co. for $850MM. The transaction has a total enterprise value of about $2.4Bil.
$HES completed the sale of its interests in offshore Equatorial Guinea to Kosmos Energy and Trident Energy for $650MM. These proceeds, along with cash on balance sheet, will enable to prefund $HES’ investment opportunity in Guyana, increase its rig count in the Bakken in 2018, return capital to shareholders and reduce debt.
$AEP promoted Ashley Weaver to VP, Operations and Performance Transformation, with responsibility for leading its continuous improvement efforts, effective Jan. 3, 2018. She will replace Barbara Radous, SVP, who is retiring from the company. Weaver has served as director of Operations and Performance Transformation since 2012.