IHS acquires PFC Energy

ihs_logo_mpInformation company IHS has acquired PFC Energy, a global consulting firm specialising in the oil and gas industry. Its clients are oil and gas operators, national oil companies, service companies, investors, governments and other stakeholders. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

PFC Energy was founded in 1984 and focuses exclusively on the energy sector, covering all phases of the energy value chain, and the pfc energyassets and activities of key countries and companies. It has 130 professional staff and is based in Washington, D.C. and also maintains offices in Houston, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, Paris, Beijing and Singapore.

“The acquisition of PFC Energy brings energy information and research depth and strengthens our presence in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East,” said Scott Key, IHS president and chief executive officer. “For more than 25 years, PFC Energy has built a solid reputation as an integrated information, research and advisory firm covering the oil and gas value chain. This gives us the opportunity to expand the IHS presence in high-growth markets, and to leverage the skills and expertise of regionally located research colleagues who will support the growth of critical IHS energy solutions.”

USA, Englewood, CO & Washington, DC

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IHRDC acquires petroleum training company Invincible Energy

ihrdcIHRDC, an oil and gas industry training business, has acquired Invincible Energy, a U.K.-based petroleum training and consultancy company. Invincible offers a variety of petroleum trading, marketing and risk management programs on a public basis each year at Cambridge University, Geneva and Singapore. They alsoinvincible teach these programs on a private, in-house basis for companies worldwide. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We really value the design of Invincible’s programs and the quality of its instructors, which is why we decided to make this acquisition.” said Dr. David Donohue, President of IHRDC. “They have an excellent reputation for teaching the fundamentals of the oil markets with practical exercises and real time access to market data. Their unique program design is very similar to our time-tested petroleum workshops that offer the best way to internalize learning. It is a win-win for us and our many common clients!”

USA, Boston, MA & UK, Farnham, Surrey

PennWell acquires the Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference from Willbros Engineers

PennwellPennWell Corporation has acquired the Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference from Willbros Engineers and entered into an agreement with the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) to produce the annual conference and exhibition. The 22nd annual Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference will be held October 28-30, 2013 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston. Terms of the agreements with Willbros and GITA were not disclosed.

GITA founded the Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference in 1991 and developed the conference into an important technical event for the oil and gas pipeline sector. For the October 2012 Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference, GITA partnered with Willbros Engineers to conduct the event as GITA completed its transition to an all-volunteer organisation. Over 350 industry professionals attended the October 2012 Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference in Houston, which also had 55 exhibitors and sponsors. The annual event includes multiple conferences and networking sessions.

Robert F. Biolchini , president and CEO of PennWell, said, “We are enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with GITA with the goal of rapidly accelerating the growth of the Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference and we also look forward to the ongoing support of Willbros and other sponsors of the event. The pipeline and transportation sectors of the industry are experiencing phenomenal growth due to the resurgence of exploration and drilling in North America, and we intend to leverage PennWell’s publishing assets and event expertise of our editorial staff of the Oil & Gas Journal, Offshore, and Oil & Gas Financial Journal in a close collaboration with GITA to expand the conference and preserve the standard of quality in conference content established by GITA over the last 21 years.”

PennWell’s portfolio of conferences and exhibitions also includes Deep Offshore Technology (DOT), Offshore Middle East, Offshore Asia, Offshore West Africa, PetroWorld India, and Oil Sands Heavy Oil Technologies in Canada. PennWell publishes Oil & Gas Journal.

Tulsa, OK

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Energy Assets Group acquires Gazprom Global Energy Solutions

Energy Assets, a large independent provider of gas metering services to the UK Industrial and Commercial market, is to acquire Gazprom Global Energy Solutions Limited (GGES) for an enterprise value of £13.5m. GGES is a wholly owned subsidiary Gazprom Marketing & Trading Ltd. The deal comprises of an initial cash consideration of £6.0m, potential cash earn-out payment of £3.0m (payable dependent upon the level of data logger installations carried out by Energy Assets) and existing GGES debt of £4.5m that is to be refinanced upon acquisition.

Based in Manchester, GGES is part of the Gazprom group, one of the world’s largest energy companies, and provides fully integrated Metering, Automated Meter Reading (“AMR”) and Siteworks services to gas suppliers and blue-chip clients across the I&C sector. GGES manages a portfolio of approximately c.27,000 data points across gas, water and electricity sectors. When combined with Energy Assets’ existing portfolio of c.21,000 data loggers.

Completion of the GGES acquisition will significantly enhance each of the Energy Assets business divisions, providing additional scale and expertise to the Group whilst formalising the metering and technical services’ relationship built with Gazprom Energy over time. The acquisition brings with it GGES’s AMR technology for both gas and water applications, low power radio data collection technology and a range of products and IP. Gazprom will retain the rights to use the IP in the AMR technology in Russia, Germany and the FSU countries.

The acquisition of GGES also includes a Meter Asset Management (MAM) agreement that will see Energy Assets appointed as the primary Meter Asset Manager for Gazprom Energy’s UK portfolio. The deal also provides Energy Assets with an exclusivity period during which it will install new metering assets and undertake meter exchanges across Gazprom Energy’s existing and new UK portfolio as it seeks delivery of its advanced metering strategy in line with the Department of Environment and Climate Change proposals and its customers’ energy management needs.

Energy Assets currently manages a portfolio of c.53,000 meters in the I&C sector, and as such, completion of this metering programme has the potential to more than double the current Energy Assets portfolio.

In addition to the metering agreement, the acquisition provides for Gazprom Energy and Energy Assets to work in partnership to provide both AMR and Siteworks through a separate, exclusive, AMR and Siteworks agreement.

Transaction consideration will be funded from the £11.7m of net proceeds raised from the Group’s flotation on the London Stock Exchange in March this year, in line with the stated IPO strategy of pursuing attractive opportunities such as this large-scale meter installation programme.

For the year to 31 December 2011, GGES generated revenues of £5.1m and profit before tax of £0.2m, which is reported after the deduction of intra-group charges. The directors believe that combining the resources of both businesses will further enhance earnings expectations for financial year 2013/14 onwards.

At that date GGES had gross assets of £6.5m.

Phil Bellamy-Lee, Chief Executive of Energy Assets, said, “I am delighted to announce the acquisition of Gazprom Global Energy Solutions from Gazprom Marketing & Trading Ltd, one of the fastest growing energy companies in Europe. This transaction provides Energy Assets with a fantastic opportunity to continue the development of the long standing relationship between the two companies and is a significant step in the delivery of Energy Assets’ strategy to increase meter asset management and ownership as set out at the time of the IPO.

UK, Scotland, Livingston