Natural-gas company Chesapeake Energy Corp. is looking to partner
with Asian oil companies to invest
in its multibillion
-dollar U.S. gas project
国天然气公司切萨皮克(Chesapeake Energy Corp.)正在寻求与亚洲石油公司合伙投资其数十亿美元的美国天然气工程。
Chesapeake, one of the pioneers in opening
up vast new reserves of natural gas in the U.S., has been talking to Chinese oil firms about buying as much as 20% of its Eagle Ford field in Texas, Chief Financial Officer Marcus Rowland said Thursday in Beijing. He estimated the total cost of the project
could be $4 billion
切萨皮克是开发美国庞大的天然气新储备的先行者之一，公司首席财务长罗兰德(Marcus Rowland)周四在北京说，该公司正在与中国多家石油公司，就其位于德克萨斯的伊格尔福特(Eagle Ford)气田高达20%股份的购买事宜进行商洽。罗兰德估计该项工程总成本达40亿美元。
Chesapeake is also talking to Asian invest
ors about buying as much as a 10% stake in the Marcellus shale-gas field in the Eastern U.S.
Mr. Rowland didn't specify
in which other Asian countries Chesapeake is seeking partner
s. He said Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake hopes to announce a deal before the end of the year. Any deal with a Chinese company would likely involve
training Chinese oil engineers, he said.
China is keen to replicate the dramatic
increases in U.S. domestic
natural-gas reserves that have come from tapping unconventional supplies such as shale and coal-seam gas, analysts say. Those efforts have reshaped global energy
markets and sharply
reduced U.S. reliance on gas imports. Chinese energy
companies have been invest
ing in unconventional gas overseas
to study how to develop their own reserves back home.
Chinese state-owned oil companies and officials also are looking to reduce China's dependence
on imports of natural gas, a cleaner-burning alternative
to the coal that is China's primaryenergy
Until the recent flurry of activity in North America, China's big oil companies have ignored domestic
unconventional natural-gas supplies and focused on traditionaldomestic
gas fields and ramping up imports to meet growing demand.
China is committed to long-term contracts for much of that gas at prices that might be higher than what companies might have to pay for domestic
But China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., China's second-biggest oil company, has set up its first specialized team to develop domestic
shale-gas resources. China's biggest oil company, China National Petroleum Corp., has been pursuing deals overseas
in shale gas and other types of unconventional gas supplies.
但中国第二大石油公司中国石油化工股份有限公司(China Petroleum & Chemical Corp)已成立首个专业团队来开发国内页岩气资源。中国最大的石油公司中国石油天然气集团公司(China National Petroleum Corp.，简称中国石油集团)一直在寻求海外页岩气交易及其它种类的非常规天然气供应。
China National Petroleum is talking to Canadian shale-gas company Encana Corp. about possibly jointly invest
ing in Canadian shale-gas reserves. The Chinese oil company's listed unit, PetroChina Co., along with Royal Dutch Shell PLC, bought Arrow Energy, an Australian producer
of coal-seam gas.
中国石油集团正在与加拿大页岩气公司Encana Corp.洽谈合作投资加拿大页岩气储备开发事宜。中国石油集团的上市公司中石油(PetroChina Co.)与荷兰皇家壳牌有限公司(Royal Dutch Shell PLC)共同购买了澳大利亚煤层气开发公司Arrow Energy。
Chinese oil companies in general have been reluctant
in the U.S. ever since Chinese offshore-oil company Cnooc Ltd. was thwarted in its 2005 bid to take over California-based Unocal Corp. -- now owned by Chevron Corp. -- by strong political opposition
. If Chesapeake were to secure Chinese invest
ment for a substantial
stake in an onshore U.S. energy
asset, it could face political resistance
, but a success could mark a turning point for such invest
自从中国海洋石油有限公司(CNOOC Ltd.)2005年竞标收购现属雪佛龙公司(Chevron Corp.)的加州联合石油公司(Unocal Corp.)，遭遇强大的政治阻力而受挫后，中国的石油公司普遍不愿意在美国投资。如果切萨皮克要在一项美国在岸能源资产中确保中国的大份额投资，则可能面临政治阻力；但若取得成功，则意味着此类投资出现一个转折点。
Last month, Chesapeake announced it had sold some $1.7 billion
in preferred stock to a group of private invest
ors, including sovereignwealth
funds China Investment Corp., Korea Investment Corp. and Singapore's Temasek Holdings.
上个月，切萨皮克宣布已向一批私募投资者出售了价值约17亿美元的优先股，包括主权财富基金中投公司(China Investment Corp.)、韩国主权财富基金Korea Investment Corp.以及新加坡国有投资公司淡马锡控股(Temasek Holdings)。
Mr. Rowland said the stock sale was to raise capital and get introductions to more possible strategic invest
ors, including Chinese oil companies and commercial
banks. Chesapeake needs cash to repay $12 billion
in debt and to fund continued ambitiousexpansion
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