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ConocoPhillips agrees to buy Marathon Oil in $22.5bn deal

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🗞️ Driving the news: ConocoPhillips has agreed to acquire Marathon Oil in an all-stock deal valued at $22.5 billion, including debt
• This acquisition marks the latest in a series of megadeals reshaping the US energy sector

🔭 The context: ConocoPhillips' acquisition will expand its asset base from North Dakota to Texas, enhancing its presence in key shale fields
• This deal follows recent significant mergers by ExxonMobil and Chevron, each worth $60 billion and $53 billion, respectively

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Large-scale consolidations like this could impact the pace of the energy transition
• Fewer, larger players may focus on maximizing existing fossil fuel resources, potentially delaying a shift to renewable energy sources

⏭️ What's next: The deal, expected to close in the fourth quarter, may spark further consolidation in the industry as companies seek to secure the best shale assets
• Future mergers would redefine competitive dynamics and investment strategies in the energy sector

💬 One quote: The acquisition "further deepens our portfolio" and adds "high-quality, low-cost of supply inventory adjacent to our leading US unconventional position" (Ryan Lance, CEO of ConocoPhillips)

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