While late-year M&A activity in the Permian and Eagle Ford is in full swing, the acquisitions dance on our home turf is also getting a twirl. Reese Energy Consulting today is following the first of two recent oil and gas deals in Okla., where drilling has steadily ramped up as of late with 41 rigs at work—an increase of 241.7% over the same time last year. First up is Okla. City-based Tapstone Energy, the state’s largest leaseholder and mineral rights owner operating primarily in the Anadarko Basin. And that’s exactly where Birmingham, Ala.-based Diversified Energy is looking to…well, diversify its natural gas production. For 20 years, Diversified has operated solely in the Marcellus and Utica, producing gas, NGLs, and oil from 67,000 conventional and unconventional wells. Now, with a new expansion strategy in place to repeat its Appalachian business model in the Mid-Continent, Diversified will purchase Tapstone for $419 million. The deal includes 750,000 acres of mineral rights, 3,900 wells, and 25 MBOED in production with 80% in gas.
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