WPX Energy Sells Powder River Basin Assets
Quick Delevering Action Now Exceeds A Quarter Billion Dollars
TULSA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
WPX Energy (NYSE: WPX) has completed the divestiture of its remaining
mature coalbed methane properties in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin and
scheduled a related sale of its membership interest in Fort Union Gas
Gathering L.L.C. to close in November.
The buyer is Moriah Powder River L.L.C. The sales price for the assets
is $80 million. Divesting the Powder River Basin operations further
sharpens WPX’s portfolio and supports the company’s delevering plan
following its acquisition of Permian Basin assets on Aug. 17.
Yesterday, WPX also announced that it has signed an agreement to sell a
North Dakota gathering system for approximately $185 million, which is
expected to close in the fourth quarter.
Combined, the asset sales place WPX more than half of the way toward its
2015 goal targeting $400-$500 million in divestitures by the end of the
“We will remain diligent in our debt reduction efforts,” said Rick
Muncrief, WPX president and chief executive officer.
Results from WPX’s Powder River Basin assets in Wyoming were classified
as discontinued operations prior to the divestiture. WPX has not
actively drilled in the basin since 2011.
WPX also is targeting another $400-$500 million in asset sales in 2016.
Other portfolio rationalization opportunities include the monetization
of additional midstream infrastructure, non-operated properties or other
asset sales, along with evaluating creative options to unlock Piceance
About WPX Energy, Inc.
WPX is a domestic energy producer with operations in the western United
States. The company has reported double-digit oil volume growth in each
of the past three years and operates more than 5,000 natural gas wells.
WPX is reshaping its portfolio through more than $4 billion of
acquisitions and divestitures.
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