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Reuters: Occidental explores US$20 billion+ sale of Western Midstream

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Occidental Petroleum is exploring a sale of Western Midstream Partners, a US natural gas-focused pipeline operator that has a market value of close to US$20 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter (Reuters reports).

The divestment would help Occidental, which is backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, slash the US$18.5 billion debt pile it has accumulated because of acquisitions.

Occidental signed a deal in December to acquire oil and gas producer CrownRock for US$12 billion, an acquisition which would add further borrowing, four years after its US$54 billion purchase of peer Anadarko Petroleum.

Western Midstream shares closed 5.7% higher at US$30.81 on the news, their highest finish since July 2019. Occidental shares dropped 1.6% to US$59.56, along with broad declines among energy producers.

Occidental owns 49% of Western Midstream and controls the company's operations by also owning its general partner. Western Midstream is structured as a tax-advantaged master limited partnership, and a general partner is its controlling entity.



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