OPEC Oil Supply Remains Steady
Despite Western sanctions on Russian oil, the price caps are not expected to impact crude oil supply forecasts. Non-OPEC countries produced 1.9 million barrels per day in 2022, with 1.5 million daily barrels expected in 2023. Increased purchases from Eastern regions have mitigated the Western halt of Russian imports.1
Oil Companies Expand Renewable Fuels
Shell’s agreement to purchase Nature Energy Biogas is the most recent renewable fuel deal from the world’s largest oil and gas companies. The deal, valued at nearly $2 billion, is the latest billion-dollar renewable deal from the industry in Q4. This trend is expected to ramp up as companies attempt to get ahead in the clean energy transition.2
U.S. Efforts to Curb Energy Prices Bring in $4 billion
During its release period, the Biden Administration sold 180 million barrels of crude oil at an average of $96.25, netting $4 billion above the recent market prices. Strategic sales over the past year contributed to the fall in gas prices from an all-time high in Q2 and Q3. The U.S. may use this to its advantage to restock its oil reserve, which currently sits at 382 million barrels, in case of future supply shocks.3
U.S. Oil Companies Focus on Projects in the Americas
Exxon Mobile Corp and Chevron Corp plan to spend approximately 70% of their annual production budget in North and South America. Projects abroad, mainly in Africa and Asia, have become costly and need to meet the earning expectations of investors. Chevron and Exxon both project spending levels well below the pre-pandemic levels and plan to continue to trim costs with production closer to home.4
Nuclear Fusion Makes a Big Breakthrough
A discovery was announced in early December that controlled nuclear fusion reaction produces more energy than it consumes. The breakthrough represents another significant step toward a possible clean energy alternative for the future. The technology will require a great deal of investment in related technologies to reach commercial practicality.5
Largest Transactions Closed
- Shell Midstream Partners, L.P.
- Shell Pipeline Company LP
- PBF Logistics LP
- PBF Energy Company LLC
- Exterran Corporation
- Enerflex Ltd.
- Millennium Pipeline Company, LLC
- DT Midstream, Inc.
- EDF Energy Services, LLC
- BP America, Inc.
- 862 MW Portfolio of Three Onshore Wind Farms and One Solar Farm in the US
- Energy Capital Partners, LLC
Other Financial Buyer Transactions Closed
- 2,000 Net Acres and the Pipeline Gathering Field in Pennsylvania
- Arch Energy Partners, LLC
- Gemini Solar + Storage Project
- APG Asset Management NV
- Atlas Renewable Energy USA, LLC
- Global Infrastructure Management, LLC
Other Strategic Buyer Transactions Closed
- Five jack-up rigs
- Shelf Drilling (North Sea), Ltd.
- U.S. Well Services, Inc.
- ProFrac Holding Corp.
- Cactus II Pipeline LLC
- Enbridge Inc.; Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.
- 14 U.S. solar assets
- MN8 Energy, Inc.
- Romeo Power, Inc.
- Nikola Corporation
This report represents transaction activity as mergers & acquisitions, consolidations, restructurings and spin-offs. Targets are defined as U.S. Based companies with either foreign or U.S. based buyers. Transaction information provided is based on closed dates only.
EBIT - Earnings Before Interest and Taxes