OCCIDENTAL SELL $3 BLN
Occidental Petroleum Corp, the fourth-largest U.S. oil and gas producer by market capitalization, is looking to sell its North Dakota oil assets for as much as $3 billion as the company seeks to focus on profitable regions, Bloomberg reported on Monday.
The company is looking to sell about 335,000 net drilling acres in the Williston Basin and is working with Tudor Pickering Holt & Co in connection with the sale, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.
Occidental Petroleum said last week that its board of directors had approved the spin-off of its California oil and natural gas business to its shareholders.
The company has increased its focus on production from fields in the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico.
Occidental Petroleum and Tudor Pickering Holt & Co were both not immediately available for comment.
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REUTERS - Brent crude futures LCOc1 were down 72 cents at $61.49 per barrel at 1020 GMT, having fallen by 1.5 percent on Tuesday, its largest one-day drop in a month. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 was at $55.12 per barrel, down 58 cents.
BLOOMBERG - Prices dropped during the session as the International Energy Agency said the recent recovery in oil prices, coupled with milder-than-normal winter weather, is slowing demand growth. The worsening outlook for consumption dampened some of the enthusiasm that OPEC and its allies will extend supply curbs.
Global energy needs rise more slowly than in the past but still expand by 30% between today and 2040. This is the equivalent of adding another China and India to today’s global demand.
Product exports have grown significantly over the past several years and are expected to continue to grow as Russian refineries add capacity to produce more high-quality products.