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BP and Bridas Corporation form Argentina's largest private integrated energy company

Thursday, September 14th 2017 - 06:53 UTC
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PAEG will be owned equally by BP and Bridas Corporation, itself a 50:50 joint venture of Bridas Energy Holdings of Argentina and CNOOC Limited of China PAEG will be owned equally by BP and Bridas Corporation, itself a 50:50 joint venture of Bridas Energy Holdings of Argentina and CNOOC Limited of China

British Petroleum has agreed with Argentina's Bridas Corporation to form a new integrated energy company by combining their interests in the oil and gas producer Pan American Energy and the refiner and marketer Axion Energy in a cash-free transaction. The new company, Pan American Energy Group, will be the largest privately-owned integrated energy company operating in Argentina.

 PAEG will be owned equally by BP and Bridas Corporation, itself a 50:50 joint venture of Bridas Energy Holdings of Argentina and CNOOC Limited of China. PAE is currently owned 60% by BP and 40% by Bridas, while Axion is wholly-owned by Bridas. There will be no payments for the equity exchange.

The combination of PAE and Axion under unified ownership will align the PAEG shareholders’ interests across the upstream and downstream value chains in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. PAEG is expected to benefit from BP’s global upstream technical and downstream marketing experience as well as Bridas’ deep operating knowledge. The combination may also offer further integration synergies; the Axion refinery is already the primary customer for PAE’s Argentine crude oil production.

PAE is Argentina’s second largest producer of oil and gas. It had daily production in 2016 of around 262,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe), equivalent to approximately 18% of Argentina’s total oil and gas production. It has interests in Argentina’s four main hydrocarbon basins, including operating Cerro Dragon, Argentina’s largest oil field, and interests in the prospective Vaca Muerta shale. PAE also operates the Hokchi block in the shallow water Mexican Gulf of Mexico.

Axion Energy owns and operates the 90,000 barrels of oil a day (b/d) refining capacity Campana refinery north of Buenos Aires, has over 750 retail sites in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, and also has material lubricant and aviation fuels businesses.

PAEG’s board of eight will comprise four directors from each shareholder and the shareholders will share nomination rights for key senior executives for the company. PAEG will be self-funded. Completion of the agreement is anticipated in early 2018.

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  • JFrench

    In the United States British Petroleum has, since 2010, been placed under the operational control of Amoco as a condition of its continued presence. This is also the case in several other critical jurisdictions.

    However, the British Petroleum that is likely to present in Argentina is the same incompetent British organization that gave us the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the same organization that has been convicted of 11 felonies and the same organization guilty of lying to Congress. Argentina would do well to avoid any dealings with this organization.

    Sep 14th, 2017 - 11:37 am 0
  • DemonTree

    ”Amoco Corporation, originally Standard Oil Company (Indiana), was a global chemical and oil company that was founded in 1889... Amoco merged with British Petroleum in December 1998, forming BP Amoco.“

    ”In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, there were reports in the press that BP was reconsidering rebranding itself as Amoco in the US. Some independently owned BP stations, including former Amoco stations, switched to a different brand due to the public relations fallout as a result of the oil spill.”

    Looks like you've been fooled by a simple branding change, as Amoco has been part of BP since 1998. I do recall they switched to an American CEO at the time of the oil spill, too. No doubt that makes them seem more trustworthy to a certain audience.

    Sep 14th, 2017 - 01:07 pm 0
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