March 2011

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: 2010 midstream M&A activity hits $49 billion

Worldwide mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions involving midstream energy assets, which include natural gas pipelines, gas-gathering and processing facilities, as well as tankers and diversifie..

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Worldwide mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions involving midstream energy assets, which include natural gas pipelines, gas-gathering and processing facilities, as well as tankers and diversified holdings, returned to the 2006 all-time high of $49 billion in 2010, according to results in a recent IHS Herold study. This figure represents a 400% increase (above 2009 transaction values of $12.6 billion) in total asset deal value. According to the report, nearly all (94%) of midstream M&A activity in 2010 was driven by spending on gas pipelines and gas-gathering and processing facilities in the US. Several large transactions involving restructurings of master limited partnerships (MLPs) o

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