PXP Signs Definitive Agreement to Participate in Offshore Morocco Exploration Play

PXP Signs Definitive Agreement to Participate in Offshore Morocco Exploration

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, Jan. 2, 2013

HOUSTON, Jan. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Plains Exploration & Production Company
(NYSE:PXP) ("PXP" or the "Company") today announces it has entered into a
definitive agreement to participate in the significant and highly prospective
exploration play offshore Morocco. Subject to customary closing conditions
including the receipt of Moroccan governmental approvals, PXP will make a cash
payment of $15 million to farm-in to Pura Vida Energy's (ASX:PVD) ("PVD") 75%
working interest in the 2.7 million acre Mazagan permit area offshore Morocco.
PXP will earn a 52% working interest and act as operator in exchange for
funding 100% of the costs of certain specified exploration activities that
will include a commitment to fund and drill two wells, and if agreed, various
additional exploration operations subject to a maximum of $215 million. The
first exploration well will primarily target the Toubkal prospect and is
expected to be drilled in 2014.

The Mazagan permit area lies off the coast of Morocco in the Essaouira Basin
and includes numerous Mid Miocene and Lower Cretaceous prospects identified
based on recently reprocessed 3D seismic data. An independent resource
assessment completed by DeGolyer and MacNaughton in September 2012 estimated
the gross unrisked mean prospective recoverable resources at over 7 billion
barrels, including the 1.5 billion barrel gross unrisked mean prospective
recoverable resource Toubkal Mid Miocene prospect.

PXP is an independent oil and gas company primarily engaged in the activities
of acquiring, developing, exploring and producing oil and gas in California,
Texas, Louisiana, and the Gulf of Mexico. PXP is headquartered in Houston,


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and our business that are discussed in this press release and our other
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can give no assurance that we will attain these expectations or that any
deviations will not be material. Except as required by law, we do not intend
to update these forward-looking statements and information.

SOURCE Plains Exploration & Production Company

Website: http://www.pxp.com
Contact: Hance Myers, hmyers@pxp.com, +1-713-579-6291
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