The headlined proxy war in 2018 between two natural gas “machines” is practically stuff of legend. A year before, Pa.-based EQT acquired Rice Energy for $8.2 billion, creating the nation’s largest natural gas producer. But there was a caveat to the deal; namely, a pledge by EQT that the combined company would operate more efficiently, spend less, and make more. But in short order, the merger fell into failure. EQT’s stock price plunged 42% to the tune of $4 billion. So, the Rice Brothers came calling along with shareholder insistence to boot bosses, displace board members, and elect Toby Rice as EQT’s new CEO. Suffice it to say, the Rices know how to produce conventional gas profitably. Now, they plan to take renewable gas to the stratosphere. REC today is following the latest from Rice Acquisition Corp., which has purchased Aria Energy and Archaea Energy for $1.27 billion. Combined, the two will be sworn in as the nation’s largest producer of RNG captured from landfills, with a dozen projects in place, 20 more in the works, and plans to triple output in three years.
EQT Corporation is a leading independent natural gas producer with an evolutionary focus on our future. EQT has operations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio and is dedicated to responsibly developing our world-class asset base in the core of the Appalachian Basin. EQT is making strides toward becoming the best producer by creating long-term value for all stakeholders, including employees, landowners, communities, industry partners and investors.