Midstream drives M&A

Upstream shale transactions have driven US oil and gas merger and acquisition activity for the last 2 years, but PwC US reports investors shifted their attention toward the midstream this year. Three of the five largest deals during this year's second quarter were midstream transactions, said PwC's Oil & Gas M&A analysis. In April, Energy Transfer Partners LP agreed to buy Sunoco Inc. for $9 billion. Sunoco has been withdrawing from the refining business and operates the general partner interest of Sunoco Logistics Partners LP, which owns products pipelines and terminals. Global Infrastructure Partners agreed to buy two midstream subsidiaries from Chesapeake Energy Corp. for $2.5 ...

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