Global upstream M&A hits $41.7 billion in Q3 2017

| By eoin-coyne

Evaluate Energy’s latest M&A report shows that the third quarter witnessed $41.7 billion of new upstream oil and gas M&A deals. This is a 50% increase in total spending compared to Q2 2017 and it is also just above the average quarterly spend of $39.8 billion since the oil price downturn began in late 2014. Download the full report here.

The largest deals this quarter included, among others:

  • Russia’s Rosneft, which saw a significant change in its ownership structure for the second time in twelve months
  • France’s Total, which agreed a deal with Denmark’s Maersk that will see the Danish company exit the E&P sector entirely
  • Canada’s Cenovus Energy, which continued its plan to balance the books after its huge oilsands acquisition in Q1 by agreeing two major sales in September

Meanwhile, in the U.S., the Permian Basin still dominates U.S. activity in 2017 despite a second consecutive quiet quarter of deals, in which the STACK formation and Williston Basin saw the country’s biggest deals.

For analysis on all the major deals this quarter, download the Evaluate Energy Q3 2017 upstream M&A review here.

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