HOUSTON (Reuters) – Chevron Corp is offering to sell about 73,000 acres (29,540 hectares) of oil and gas properties in New Mexico, according to documents viewed by Reuters, as oil firms accelerate divestitures in a rebounding oil market.
Sales in the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico have jumped as shale producers and private-equity firms seize on a sizzling recovery in oil prices to buy companies or secure new drilling prospects.
Chevron set a May 20 deadline for bids on acres holding more than 1,000 producing wells with $1.1 million in combined monthly revenue, according to a sales document. Some of the properties are operated by ConocoPhillips, BXP Operating and Providence Energy Services Inc, the document showed.
“Chevron has an ongoing and methodical program to evaluate and prioritize its assets,” spokeswoman Veronica Flores-Paniagua said, confirming the Lea County, New Mexico, offer. She declined to say what the company hopes to get for the assets.
The properties could fetch about $100 million, according to one analyst who reviewed the parcels but declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak on the matter. The wells are in conventional fields in the Permian’s Central Basin, not in the more desirable Midland and Delaware areas, the person said.
“Current valuations are favorable for buyers and we expect private equity to be strategic players largely via consolidation and growth of existing portfolio companies,” said Brian Lidsky, managing director at energy investment bank Entoro Capital LLC.
U.S. oil is trading in the mid-$60s per barrel this year, helping trigger a revival in deals. Commodities trader Vitol last week bought 44,000 acres (17,800 hectares) in the Permian from Hunt Oil Co for about $1 billion.
Pioneer Natural Resources Co recently acquired Permian producers DoublePoint Energy and Parsley Energy for a combined $10.9 billion, and ConocoPhillips paid $9.7 billion for Concho Resources.