Joint Venture in Anadarko Eagle Ford

Anadarko Petroleum has announced a $1.6-billion joint venture with the Korea National Oil Corporation to develop Anadarko’s assets in the Eagle Ford Shale. Andrew Schneider has the story.

Eagle Ford Shale mapThe agreement provides the Korea National Oil Corporation roughly a one-third interest in Anadarko’s holdings in the Eagle Ford Shale formation of southwest Texas.

John Christiansen, a spokesman for Anadarko, says this could be the first of several joint ventures with the South Korean state oil company.

“They do have an appetite to learn about shale development, and they also have an appetite to partner in other parts of the world.”

Christiansen says South Korea’s interest in extracting gas and oil from shale is much the same as the U.S.

“You have a lot of potential to offset the need to import a lot of the energy that the United States currently is, and obviously there will be parts of the world where those technologies and expertise can be transferred.”

This is the second such joint venture for Anadarko in as many years. Last year, it inked a similar deal with Japan’s Mitsui to develop Anadarko’s holdings in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale.


Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Business Reporter

Andrew Schneider joined News 88.7 in January 2011. Since arriving in Houston, he has reported on the many changes wrought on the region’s economy by the revolution in domestic oil and gas production. His non-energy reporting runs the gamut from white-collar crime to cattle ranching. His work has aired on...

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