- Hydro Oil & Gas
Infobox Defunct Company
company_name = Hydro Oil & Gas
foundation = 1965
defunct = 2007
location = flagicon|Norway
industry = Petroleum
Petroleum Natural gas
Hydro's main operations in petroleum were on the Norwegian
continental shelf, but also operates in Angola, Canada, Russiaand Libya. Hydro was the operator of 13 oil fields and had a production of 563,000 barrels of oil equivalents.
Hydro also operated
gas stations in Swedenunder the brand name Hydro and operates in Norway and Denmarkwith the name HydroTexacoin joint venturewith Chevron. In 2006 there were 460 stations in Norway and 550 in Denmark. Also the brands Uno-Xand Rema Bensinwere operated by this venture.
In 1965 Hydro joined
Elf Aquitaineand six other French companies to form Petronordto perform search for oil and gas in the North Sea. Hydro soon became a large company in the North Sea petroleum industry, and also became operator of a number of fields, the first being Oseberg.
Hydro acquired in the late 1980s the
Mobilservice stations in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, changing their name to Hydro. In 1995 Hydro merged its stations in Norway and Denmark with the Texaco, creating the joint venture HydroTexaco. The service station chain was sold in 2006 to Reitangruppenand the stations changed name to YX Energi. In 1999 Hydro acquired Norway's third largest petroleum company Saga Petroleum, who had major upstream operations primarily in Norway and the United Kingdom. The British operations were later sold.
The merger proposal with Statoil was announced in December 2006. [http://www.hydro.com/cgi-bin/www.hydro.com/show_press_rel.cgi?file=/en/press_room/press_releases/archive/2006_12/2768/2768_en.html Hydro's oil and gas activities to merge with Statoil] , "Norsk Hydro", published 2006-12-18, accessed 2007-06-20] Under the rules of the EEA the merger was approved by the
European Unionon May 3, 2007 [http://www.eubusiness.com/Energy/statoil-norsk.44/ EU regulators approve Statoil, Norsk Hydro merger] , "EU Business", published 2007-05-03, accessed 2007-06-20] and by the Norwegian Parliament on June 8, 2007. [http://www.ocean-resources.com/news/ournews.asp?NewsID=5709 Norwegian Parliament Okays Statoil-Hydro Merger] , "Ocean-Resources", published 2007-06-11, accessed 2007-06-20] The Norwegian Government, the biggest shareholder in both Statoil and Norsk Hydro, holds 62.5% of the company. [ [http://www.statoilhydro.com/en/InvestorCentre/Share/Shareholders/Top20/Pages/default.aspx Top 20 shareholders] , "StatoilHydro", published October 2007, accessed 2007-10-16] Jens Stoltenberg, the Prime Minister of Norwaycommented that he views the merger as "the start of a new era. We are creating a global energy company and strengthening Norway’s oil and gas industry." [ [http://odin.dep.no/smk/english/news/press_centre/press_releases/001001-071626/dok-bn.html] ]
* [http://www.statoilhydro.com StatoilHydro]
* [http://www.hydro.com Hydro]
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