Centrica integrates oil and gas business with Bayerngas Norge

Centrica, the owner of British Gas, is to integrate its expedition and production business with Oslo-based Bayerngas Norge in the most recent example of European energies cutting their tradition oil and gas portfolios to focus on core services such as energy supply and services.

Centrica will own 69 percent of the brand-new joint endeavor and the staying 31 percent will be held by Bayerngas Norge’s investors, who are led by Stadtwerke München (SWM), a Munich-based company whose financial investments consist of energy, transportation and pool.

The joint endeavor will have its own board and will run as a different company but will stay on Centrica’s balance sheet, the UK Company stated on Monday. It is anticipated to cause as much as ₤ 150m of expense savings.

The combined business will own properties in the UK, Netherlands, Norway and Denmark, two-thirds which will be gas. Combined production this year is approximated at 50-55 million barrels of oil equivalent from 27 producing fields.

The offer, which is anticipated to close in the 4th quarter of this year topic to regulative approvals, is the most recent example of European energies distancing themselves from tradition expedition and production services. French energy Engie previously this year struck a $3.9 bn offer to offer its expedition and production properties to Neptune Energy, a company established by Sam Laidlaw, the previous president of Centrica.

Mr Laidlaw’s follower at Centrica, Iain Conn, has since 2015 been re-shaping business, downsizing expedition production as well as offering big, centralised power stations to concentrate on customer and business-facing services such as energy supply. Centrica will continue to own and run smaller sized power plants to create electrical power at peak times as it thinks the boom in renewable resource and more homes owning their own photovoltaic panels will drastically lower the need for big, main power stations.