McClendon's company eyes Oklahoma acreage

American Energy Partners LP is buying into the combined Woodford Shale/Mississippi Lime play in Oklahoma, armed with $680 million in loans and equity commitments.
Oklahoman Modified: February 24, 2014 at 10:36 pm •  Published: February 25, 2014

After building up an industry-leading position in Ohio’s Utica Shale, Aubrey McClendon’s American Energy Partners LP is turning its attention to a play closer to home.

Affiliate American Energy-Woodford announced Monday that it has secured $680 million in loans and equity commitments to buy into the Woodford Shale and Mississippi Lime in central and northern Oklahoma.

The company calls the combined play the “CNOW play.”

American Energy-Woodford intends to acquire about 120,000 net acres in the play, with an eye toward eventually building its leasehold to as much as 200,000 acres in Oklahoma.

It is acquiring acreage from four sellers: Calyx Energy LLC, Calyx Energy II LLC, Liberty Energy LLC and Truevine Operating LLC.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

American Energy-Woodford has lined up $500 million in equity commitments and another $180 million in bank borrowings.

Its exclusive primary equity investor is The Energy and Mineral Group, which also has been part of American Energy’s move into the Utica.

American Energy’s management and others also have committed money to the Woodford venture.

McClendon formed American Energy Partners last year after being forced out at Chesapeake Energy Corp., the company he co-founded with Tom Ward in 1989.

by Jay F. Marks
Energy Reporter
Jay F. Marks has been covering Oklahoma news since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He worked in Sulphur and Enid before joining The Oklahoman in 2005. Marks has been covering the energy industry since 2009.
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