WPX Energy Increases Piceance Basin Drilling
Will Average Seven Rigs for Balance of Year
TULSA, Okla. – WPX Energy (NYSE:WPX) today announced that it now plans to employ seven drilling rigs in western Colorado’s Piceance Basin for the remainder of 2013, up from its previously announced five-rig drilling plan.
The increased development activity is expected to add an incremental 1.9 billion cubic feet equivalent of production throughout the remainder of 2013, increasing the basin’s exit rate from 701 MMcfe/d to 730 MMcfe/d at year-end. This is in line with the higher end of WPX’s guidance of 1,261 MMcfe/d to 1,295 MMcfe/d for 2013.
The benefit of increased drilling in 2013 will be more fully realized in 2014 given the timing of drilling and well completions. Next year, the additional wells could add up to 15 Bcfe in additional cumulative production.
Approximately $60 million of capital is associated with adding two rigs this year. The increase is in line with WPX’s overall range of $1 billion to $1.2 billion for 2013 capital spending.
“Now’s the right time for us to accelerate our natural gas production and the Piceance is the right place to start,” said Ralph A. Hill, WPX’s president and chief executive officer. “Natural gas prices are stronger, and this helps lay the groundwork for our 2014 development.
“WPX has a unique position in the Piceance. We have everything in place there to be among the first and fastest to increase our production. We have the permits, favorable processing contracts, take-away transportation capacity and large-scale, low-cost, efficiency driven operations to yield attractive returns.” Hill added.
The additional drilling this year will target the company’s reserves in the Williams Fork formation where WPX has developed more than 4,100 tight sands wells. The company’s record drilling time for a Williams Fork well in the Piceance Valley is 3.7 days.
As previously announced, WPX continues to plan to drill a total of four horizontal Niobrara wells in the Piceance during 2013 to begin delineation of the company’s Niobrara discovery. Over its first 150 days, WPX’s Niobrara discovery well has produced 1.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas. The discovery well is currently producing 5.5 MMcf/d at a flowing tubing pressure of about 3,000 pounds per square inch.
About WPX Energy, Inc.
WPX Energy is an exploration and production company focused on developing its significant oil and gas reserves, particularly in the Piceance, Williston and Appalachian basins. WPX also has domestic operations in the San Juan and Powder River basins, as well as a 69 percent interest in Apco Oil and Gas International. Go to http://www.wpxenergy.com/investors.aspx to join our e-mail list.
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