Chevron Canada Buys Duvernay Shale Interests of PE-Backed Alta Energy

Vancouver-based Chevron Canada Ltd., subsidiary of U.S. oil and gas company Chevron Corp., recently agreed to purchase all interests from Alta Energy Luxembourg and affiliates in the Duvernay shale formation in west-central Alberta. While the acquisition price was not disclosed, one estimate places it at close to US$1 billion. Houston, Texas-based Alta Energy Partners has been backed by U.S. private equity firm Blackstone Group since 2011. Torys LLP represented Alta and Blackstone in the August 2013 transaction.


Chevron Canada Limited Increases its Landholdings in Alberta’s Duvernay Formation

CALGARY, Aug. 1, 2013 /CNW/ – Chevron Canada Limited (CCL) announced today the signing of an agreement to acquire all interests from Alta Energy Luxembourg S.à.r.l. and affiliates in the Duvernay shale formation in west-central Alberta. The acquired interests cover 67,900 net acres. The purchase price was not disclosed.

“This agreement further strengthens our land position in the core part of this prospective wet shale gas play, where we have exploration leases totaling more than 250,000 acres,” said Jeff Lehrmann, Chevron Canada president.

Chevron Canada in the second half of 2011 commenced a multiwell exploration program for unconventional resources in the Duvernay formation. Initial production was achieved in 2012 on these 100-percent-owned and operated leases.

“To date, we have been encouraged by the reservoir data and production performance from our exploration drilling program on our Kaybob Duvernay leases,” said Lehrmann. “We are pleased to add to our acreage in this play as we advance our program to evaluate the potential for full-field commercial development.”

About Chevron Canada

Chevron Canada Limited is an indirect subsidiary of Chevron Corporation. Since 1938, Chevron Canada has been involved in exploring, developing, producing and marketing crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids in Canada. The company focuses its exploration and production activities in Atlantic Canada, Northern Canada, the Athabasca oil sands and unconventional resource plays in Western Canada. Recently Chevron Canada acquired a 50 percent operating interest in the proposed Kitimat liquefied natural gas (LNG) project and proposed Pacific Trail Pipeline (PTP), and a 50 percent interest in approximately 644,000 acres of petroleum and natural gas rights in the Horn River and Liard Basins in British Columbia, Canada.

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