Apache Production Back On Line Following Hurricane Isaac and North Sea
Platform Maintenance; Current Volumes at Record 800,000 boepd
HOUSTON, Oct. 3, 2012
HOUSTON, Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Apache Corporation (NYSE, Nasdaq: APA)
reported that its Gulf of Mexico production facilities are back online
following suspended operations due to Hurricane Isaac. Also, production from
North Sea assets has recovered following maintenance activities completed
during the third quarter.
As the company enters its fourth quarter reporting period, worldwide
production is at an all-time high of approximately 800,000 barrels of oil
equivalent per day (boepd)*. In 2011, Apache averaged volumes of 737,000
boepd, adjusted for 11,000 boepd of divestitures last year.
"We remain focused on drilling our extensive inventory of oil and liquids-rich
locations as we put the temporary disruptions from August and September behind
us," said Rodney J. Eichler, president and chief operating officer. "Our
opportunity set has never been richer, with more than 67,000 locations
identified onshore the United States. We're currently operating 68 rigs in
North America, targeting primarily oil and natural gas liquids formations in
the Permian and Anadarko basins, where Apache is among the most active
Eichler explained that Hurricane Isaac deferred Gulf of Mexico production for
six weeks in August and September, impacting third-quarter volumes from the
Deepwater, Shelf and Gulf Coast Onshore regions by an estimated 12,200 boepd
for the full three-month period. Additionally, planned turnarounds in the
North Sea and continued downhole pump issues deferred nearly 12,000 boepd
during the third quarter. As a result of these deferrals, third quarter 2012
volumes are projected to be approximately flat compared with prior-quarter
volumes of 774,000 boepd.
With current production of 800,000 boepd, a substantial backlog of drilling
locations and ample cash flow, Apache is on track to report record production
in the fourth quarter of 2012.
* Apache's current worldwide daily production rate is an estimate based on
weekly regional reports from company-operated facilities and expected net
volumes contributed at oil and gas fields operated by partners.
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operations in the United States, Canada, Egypt, the United Kingdom North Sea,
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