Energen Resources Corporation, the oil and gas subsidiary of Energen Corporation, and Chesapeake Energy Corporation today jointly announced that Energen Resources has sold a 50 percent interest in its lease position in various shale plays in Alabama to Chesapeake for cash and a carried drilling interest. In addition, the two companies have signed an agreement to form an area of mutual interest (AMI) to focus on the further exploration and development of these shale plays throughout Alabama.
Energen Resources received $75 million in cash from Chesapeake for a 50 percent interest in Energen Resources’ existing shale lease position of approximately 200,000 net acres in Alabama. Chesapeake also will pay for Energen Resources’ first $15 million of future drilling costs. For at least the next ten years, the two energy companies will partner on a 50-50 basis on new leases, development and operations in the AMI. The purchase is subject to post-closing and other adjustments.
“We are very pleased to have Chesapeake join with us in this exciting venture,” said James T. McManus, President of Energen and Energen Resources. “Chesapeake is widely recognized as a leader in developing unconventional natural gas plays and has significant experience in the high-profile Barnett, Woodford and Fayetteville shales in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas as well as several others in the United States.
“Energen Resources has substantial geological expertise and data in its home-state of Alabama,” McManus added. “We are the largest producer of onshore gas in Alabama and have extensive knowledge of coalbed methane and other tight formations. Together, Energen Resources and Chesapeake are well-equipped to maximize the development potential of natural gas from a variety of shales in Alabama,” he said.