Crescent Midstream has received and is considering a takeover offer worth around $1.3 billion, according to an April 22 report from Bloomberg.

The report was based on unnamed sources and did not specify which company expressed interest in Crescent, which is backed by the Carlyle Group.

Crescent Midstream CEO Jerry Ashcroft declined to comment in an April 23 email to Hart Energy.

The Crescent network serves more than 80 offshore platforms, according to the company’s website. The company owns more than 1,200 miles of pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) and Louisiana that transport approximately 200 MMbbl per year.

Report: Crescent Midstream Exploring $1.3B Sale
(Source: Crescent Midstream)

The company started as Crimson Midstream in 2005. It was sold to the CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust and eventually emerged as independent Crescent Midstream. In 2021, the Carlyle Group took majority interest in Crescent in 2021, when the company began growing rapidly.

Shifting its focus from California to the GoM, the company managed to triple its size over two years from acquiring the Grand Isle Gathering System off Louisiana and eventually buying a 36% stake in the Cameron Highway Oil Pipeline System worth $418 million.

In 2022, Crescent partnered with Spain’s Repsol and Cox Operating to develop a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in the GoM. Crescent planned to build a 110-mile CO2 pipeline from refining plants in Geismar, Louisiana, to the coast in Grand Isle. In 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy provided $8.4 million in federal funding to the $10.6 million project as a way to show that offshore CCS projects are feasible.

Cox Operating filed for bankruptcy in 2023. At the time, Ashcroft said the project would continue to move forward.

Midstream M&A activity over the past two years has not been as active as in the E&P sector, which saw several blockbuster deals in 2023, such as the Exxon Mobil and Pioneer Natural Resources merger.

East Daley Analytics noted in December 2023 that the midstream sector is “ripe” for M&A. So far in 2024, the largest announced deal is EQT’s planned acquisition of its former midstream unit, Equitrans,for $5.45 billion.


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