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DTE Midstream acquires assets in Haynesville shale basin

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DTE Midstream, a non-utility business of DTE Energy, has announced it entered into an agreement to acquire a gathering system and gathering pipeline in the Haynesville shale formation of Louisiana for a purchase price of US$2.25 billion in cash, plus a US$400 million milestone payment upon completion of the gathering pipeline in the second half of 2020.

Under the terms of the agreement, DTE will acquire 100% of the assets from Momentum Midstream and Indigo Natural Resources, the primary gas producer supplying the system. Assets that are part of the acquisition include an existing gathering system and a 150-mile gathering pipeline under construction, which will be in service in the second half of 2020. The primary assets gather natural gas produced in the Haynesville shale basin and access multiple major downstream pipelines, including those serving the Gulf Coast.

"DTE's non-utility operations continue to grow, perform well and fit nicely into our planned utility and non-utility mix," said Jerry Norcia, president and CEO of DTE Energy. "This acquisition significantly enhances the strength and diversity of DTE Midstream, adding premium assets in one of the fastest growing and best positioned U.S. shale formations. The successful operation of the Link asset, also purchased from Momentum, demonstrates the operating expertise and value creation DTE Midstream brings to this new system. In addition, the company gains a strong commercial partner in Indigo, one of the nation's largest private natural gas producers supplying the rapidly growing demand in the Gulf Coast region.

"This acquisition is highly accretive, has world-class resources, has excellent access to large markets, and is in the early- to mid-cycle development phase. It checks all of our boxes," Norcia added.

Barclays is serving as financial advisor to DTE Energy. Shearman & Sterling LLP is serving as legal counsel to DTE Energy, with Dechert LLP assisting with DTE Energy's Hart Scott Rodino filing. Jefferies and Credit Suisse are serving as financial advisors to Momentum. Vinson & Elkins is serving as legal counsel to Momentum, and Kirkland & Ellis as legal counsel to Indigo.

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