ConocoPhillips Announces 2013 Capital Budget of $15.8 Billion and Outlines Investment Programs

  ConocoPhillips Announces 2013 Capital Budget of $15.8 Billion and Outlines
  Investment Programs

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HOUSTON -- December 07, 2012

ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) today announced a 2013 capital budget of $15.8
billion (including contributions to the FCCL joint venture), which is
approximately flat to expected 2012 capital program spending. Investments
during 2013 will target the company’s diverse portfolio of global
opportunities, with approximately 60 percent of the budget allocated toward
North America and 40 percent toward Europe, Asia Pacific and other
international businesses.

“The 2013 capital budget reflects continued progress toward achieving a unique
combination of growth and returns as an independent E&P company,” said Ryan
Lance, chairman and chief executive officer. “Similar to 2012, next year’s
investments will be directed predominantly toward high-quality growth projects
and programs that are already in execution mode, as well as exploration
opportunities to build inventory for the future. We also expect to complete
our announced strategic asset disposition program in 2013. When this program
is complete, the combination of portfolio high-grading and strong ongoing
investment programs will put ConocoPhillips on track to deliver on our
long-term annual growth goals of 3 to 5 percent on both volumes and margins,
with a compelling dividend.”

The budget includes allocations for base maintenance, exploitation, major
project, and exploration and appraisal spending, as well as corporate
expenditures. In addition, the budget reflects assumptions regarding the
timing of asset sales. The actual timing of dispositions could cause capital
to be higher or lower. The key categories of capital spending are as follows:

Base Maintenance

Approximately 10 percent of the capital budget will be directed toward
maintenance of the company’s high-quality legacy base portfolio.

  *This includes maintenance activities primarily in Alaska, the Lower 48,
    western Canada and the North Sea.
  *Major turnaround activity is expected within the Greater Kuparuk Area,
    Greater Ekofisk Area and various fields in the U.K. North Sea.


Approximately 40 percent of the capital budget is allocated to the company’s
highly profitable exploitation programs in its legacy asset base, which
includes 21 million net acres of onshore leasehold in the Lower 48 and western
Canada. A significant portion of this leasehold is held by production. Growth
from these exploitation programs offsets natural decline from the company’s
producing assets.

  *Approximately two-thirds will be spent in the Lower 48, primarily focused
    on liquids-rich unconventional reservoir drilling programs and
    infrastructure development in the Eagle Ford, Bakken, Barnett and
    Niobrara, as well as conventional and unconventional plays in the Permian
  *The remaining one-third is allocated for other conventional and
    unconventional opportunities, mainly in the North Sea, Alaska and western
    Canada, with focused drilling on higher-return liquids opportunities.
  *North American dry gas plays will continue to receive minimal funding.

Major Projects

Approximately 35 percent of the capital budget is expected to be spent on the
company’s sanctioned major projects, which provide significant future
production growth.

  *In Canada, development will continue on the FCCL and Surmont oil sands
    projects, where the company is employing innovative technology to improve
    steam-to-oil ratios and improve returns. Through the company’s
    contributions to the FCCL business venture, there will be ongoing
    expansion of Foster Creek as phases F, G and H advance, and at Christina
    Lake with phases E and F. At Surmont, the focus is on safe and efficient
    execution of the Phase II development with continued investment in the
    central processing facility, field facility and drilling activities.
  *In Europe, spending will focus on continued development of the Eldfisk II
    and Ekofisk South expansion projects in the Norwegian North Sea, as well
    as the Clair Ridge development and Jasmine Field in the U.K. sector, with
    first oil expected from Jasmine in the second half of 2013.
  *In the Asia Pacific region, capital will primarily be allocated to several
    offshore developments in Malaysia, including reaching full production at
    the Gumusut-Kakap oil field in late 2013 and construction at the
    Kebabangan and Malikai projects. Development will also continue on the
    coalbed methane-to-LNG project at the Australia Pacific LNG joint venture,
    as field development and infrastructure and facility construction

Exploration and Appraisal

Approximately 15 percent of the capital budget is planned for the company’s
worldwide exploration and appraisal program, which targets acquiring, testing
and appraising material opportunities in both conventional and unconventional

  *In conventional exploration, activities will include drilling programs in
    the deepwater Gulf of Mexico on several non-operated prospects, including
    the Shenandoah and Tiber appraisal programs. ConocoPhillips holds
    approximately 1.6 million net acres in the Gulf of Mexico, and was the
    high bidder in the recent Western Gulf of Mexico lease sale on an
    additional 350,000 acres. Internationally, ConocoPhillips plans to build
    further on its attractive position in several material deepwater basins.
    In Angola, the company is analyzing recent 3-D seismic data from blocks 36
    and 37, and plans to begin drilling in 2014. Appraisal activities will
    also continue on the Poseidon discovery in Australia’s Browse Basin and
    the Limbayong Field, offshore Malaysia.
  *In unconventional exploration, funding will support selective acreage
    acquisitions and appraisal programs across liquids-rich shale plays in the
    Lower 48 and Canada, where the company has added more than 750,000 acres
    since 2011. Activities are focused on accessing and testing several
    high-quality plays, including the Wolfcamp, Niobrara, Canol and Duvernay.
    Internationally, the company’s focus is on shale plays that offer low-cost
    entry on material positions, such as its Baltic concessions in Poland,
    where appraisal drilling will continue in 2013. In Western Australia,
    drilling activities will continue in the frontier Canning Basin shale

“Our 2013 capital budget provides funding for the key growth projects and
programs in our portfolio and provides flexibility to capture new
opportunities that may arise,” added Lance. “The budget supports our plan to
increase value for shareholders through focused capital investments that
deliver growth in production and cash margins, improved returns on capital,
and sector-leading shareholder distributions.”

ConocoPhillips will provide further details on its capital budget and
investment programs at its annual analyst meeting on Feb. 28, 2013 in New
York. Representatives from company management will discuss the company’s
strategic plans for growth and value creation.

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About ConocoPhillips

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ConocoPhillips had operations and activities
in 30 countries, $115 billion of assets, and approximately 16,700 employees as
of Sept. 30, 2012. Production averaged 1.57 million BOE per day for the nine
months ended Sept. 30, 2012, and proved reserves were 8.4 billion BOE as of
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