(Reuters) – Ovintiv Inc is looking to sell its Eagle Ford acreage in south-central Texas, several people familiar with the matter said on Friday, the latest debt-laden oil and gas producer to put assets on the block to raise cash during this year’s coronavirus-fueled oil slump.
The Denver-based company’s Eagle Ford position, which it bought in 2014 from Freeport-McMoRan Inc for $3.1 billion, could help it pay off some of the $7.14 billion in long-term debt it had as of the end of September.
The coronavirus pandemic caused a worldwide slump in fuel demand. Recovery has begun but is threatened by the surge in infections in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. The crash in oil prices made investors turn their backs on the shale industry and pushed companies to look at asset sales and mergers for survival.
Shale production has dropped sharply in response