Chesapeake to sell pipeline assets for more than $4 billion

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., Fri Jun 8, 2012 – Chesapeake Energy Corp. will sell its pipeline and related assets to Global Infrastructure Partners in three separate transactions worth more than $4 billion, as the company scrambles to plug an expected $9 billion to $10 billion funding shortfall.

Chesapeake, the second-largest U.S. natural gas producer, is under pressure to sell assets and cut spending to reduce debt after tumbling natural gas prices have pinched profits. The company, which is holding its annual meeting later on Friday, has also come under intense scrutiny for corporate governance issues.

Chesapeake said it will sell its limited partner units and general partner interests in Chesapeake Midstream Partners LP to infrastructure fund GIP for $2 billion.

The company also entered into an agreement with Chesapeake Midstream Partners for potential sale of certain Mid-Continent gathering and processing assets.

It also has a agreement with Global Infrastructure Partners for the sale its interests in wholly owned subsidiary Chesapeake Midstream Development LP.

Chesapeake expects to raise more than $2 billion from the latter two transactions.

Chesapeake Midstream Partners has more than 3,700 miles of natural gas gathering pipelines, according to the company’s website. Chesapeake also held about 1,950 miles of pipelines in the Chesapeake Midstream Development unit as of the end of last year, according to regulatory filings.

Chesapeake has said it will sell as much as $11.5 billion in assets this year in order to reduce its funding gap. Last month, the company arranged for a pricey $4 billion loan from its investment bankers to tide it over.