Nucor, Encana Sign Natural Gas Agreement


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)Nucor Corp. has agreed to team up with the U.S. division of Encana Corp. on a project that would provide natural gas for its steelmaking facilities. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nucor said Tuesday that Encana will drill and operate onshore natural gas wells. Nucor will pay its share of the costs plus an additional amount of carried interest as each well is drilled, subject to caps. Either company may suspend drilling if natural gas prices fall below a predetermined threshold.

Nucor, like other manufacturing companies, is striving to take advantage of cheap natural gas to fuel its operations.

The Charlotte, N.C., company said it expects to be able to better manage its exposure in the natural gas commodities market. It also will give Nucor a competitive advantage in natural costs for its Convent, La., facility, which is scheduled to open in mid-2013.

The agreement between Nucor and Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. is in addition to one signed between the two companies in 2010 for a smaller operation. Parent Encana Corp. is based in Alberta, Canada.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.