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Apache reports seven discoveries across Egypt's Western Desert



        Apache reports seven discoveries across Egypt's Western Desert

- Riviera SW-1X flows 5,822 barrels, 2.8 MMcf per day in Lower Bahariya test

- Narmer-1X Paleozoic strat trap sets up new play

- Discoveries test total 14,700 barrels, 28 MMcf per day

- West Kalabsha appraisal tests 3,500 barrels, 3.2 MMcf per day

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, Aug. 1, 2013

HOUSTON, Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Apache Corporation (NYSE, Nasdaq: APA)
today reported seven oil and gas discoveries that highlight the geologic and
geographic diversity across the company's 9.7 million gross acres in Egypt's
Western Desert.

One discovery – the Riviera SW-1X on the southern flank of the Abu Gharadig
Basin – test-flowed 5,800 barrels of oil and 2.8 million cubic feet (MMcf) of
gas per day from a Lower Bahariya sand with 24 feet of net pay. Another – the
Narmer-1X – is a stratigraphic trap that is separated from the Neilos oil
field located five miles to the east.

"These seven discoveries are located in four different geologic basins and six
different concessions," said Thomas M. Maher, Egypt Region vice president and
general manager. "The Faghur Basin yielded four of the discoveries with one
each in the Shushan, Matruh and Abu Gharadig basins. All seven discoveries
have been tested and Riviera SW-1X is already producing. Our exploration and
development program in Egypt continues apace, with an average of 27 drilling
rigs operating during the second quarter. "

Please click on this link to see a locator map of Apache's latest discoveries
in Egypt:
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The Riviera SW-1X, located in the WD 30 Development Lease acquired in 2010, is
1.3 miles south of the Riviera field, which also produces from the Upper
Bahariya and Abu Roash formations. The discovery extends the known southern
limit of the play in the Abu Gharadig Basin. The well is currently online and
producing at restricted rates of 2,000 barrels of oil per day while gas rates
continue to be monitored. Drilling and completion costs for the well were $5
million. Apache has a 100 percent contractor interest in the WD 30 Development
Lease.

The Narmer-1X and the Neilos field are elements of an emerging Paleozoic play
pioneered in the Western Desert by Apache. The Narmer-1X, located in the
Faghur Basin and the Khalda Offset Concession, encountered 85 feet of net pay
in Paleozoic-aged  sandstone and test-flowed approximately 1,200 barrels of
oil and 400 thousand cubic feet (Mcf) of gas per day with a trace of water.
Although appraisal wells will be required to accurately map this new field,
the stratigraphic trap is estimated to exceed 1,000 acres with analogous
prospects mapped nearby. With its proximity to existing infrastructure, the
well is expected to be put on production quickly following development lease
approval.  Drilling costs for the well were $3.1 million, with completion
pending. Apache has a 100 percent contractor interest in the Khalda Offset
Concession.

The Jade N-2X, located 1.5 miles to the northeast of the Jade field in the
western Matruh Basin within the Matruh Development Lease, encountered 35 feet
of net pay in the Cretaceous-aged Alam El Buieb 3G sandstone. The zone was
perforated and tested over a 74-foot interval, producing up to 146 barrels of
condensate and 11.2 MMcf of gas per day at original reservoir pressure. Apache
has a 100 percent contractor interest in the Matruh Concession. Drilling and
completion costs for the well were $2.6 million.

The WKAL-T-1X, located 3.5 miles due south of the nearest production in the
Tell field within the West Kalabsha Concession in the Faghur Basin, logged a
total of 32 feet of net pay in the Safa formation. The well was tested in one
of three zones of Upper Safa sandstone that flowed 2,900 barrels of oil and
2.8 MMcf of gas per day. Drilling and completion costs for the well were $5
million.  

Also in the West Kalabsha Concession, the WKAL-N-3X appraisal well
successfully extended the WKAL-N field to the west. The well flowed on test at
a rate of approximately 3,500 barrels of oil and 3.2 MMcf of gas per day from
the Safa Formation.

Development lease applications have been submitted to the Egyptian General
Petroleum Company (EGPC) for both of these future producers. Apache has a 100
percent contractor interest in the West Kalabsha Concession.

The SIWA-R-1X, located in the Siwa Concession in the Faghur Basin, tested
1,900 barrels of oil per day from the Safa sandstone. The well encountered 73
feet of net pay with the lowest known oil corresponding to the mapped
structural closure. This discovery is 3.5 miles south of the nearest
production and is expected to be put on production immediately following EGPC
approval of a development lease. The discovery extends the southern limits of
the productive fairway and is one of a number of analogous structures expected
to be tested. Drilling costs for the well were $4.8 million with final
completion pending. Apache is the operator and has a 50 percent contractor
interest in the Siwa Concession with the state-owned Tharwa Petroleum Company
holding the remaining 50 percent contractor interest.

The Buchis W-2X was drilled in the Buchis Development Lease on the
northeastern margin of the Faghur Basin. The well tested a three-way closure
adjacent and up-thrown to the Pepi oil field with multiple Cretaceous,
Jurassic and Paleozoic objectives. The Buchis W-2X encountered 44 feet of
stacked pay in the Cretaceous-aged Alam El Buieb formation and additional pay
in the Paleozoic-aged Zeitoun and Basur formations. The well tested
approximately 1,700 barrels of oil per day from the AEB-3D sandstone. Drilling
costs for the well were $4.7 million with $400,000 estimated for completion.
Apache has a 100 percent contractor interest in the Buchis Development Lease.

The Falak NW-1X, drilled in the Khalda Development Lease on the northern
flanks of the Shushan Basin, logged 114 feet of stacked net pay in the Safa
sandstone. Apache tested 1,200 barrels of oil and 6.1 MMcf of gas per day from
multiple Safa sands. A completion string is currently being run in the well.
Falak NW-1X is three miles south of the Shams field and two miles southeast of
the recent Amoun NE-1X discovery. Drilling costs for the Falak NW-1X were $3.5
million with $1 million estimated for completion.

About Apache

Apache Corporation is an oil and gas exploration and production company with
operations in the United States, Canada, Egypt, the United Kingdom, Australia
and Argentina. Apache posts announcements, operational updates, investor
information and copies of all press releases on its website,
www.apachecorp.com.

Forward-looking statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words
such as "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "seeks," "believes," "estimates,"
"expects" and similar references to future periods. These statements include,
but are not limited to, statements about potential drilling locations, planned
drilling activity, future production, and exploration prospects, and Apache's
ability to execute on production and development plans in Egypt. While
forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and analyses made by us
that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances, whether actual
results and developments will meet our expectations and predictions depends on
a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results,
performance and financial condition to differ materially from our
expectations. See "Risk Factors" in our 2012 Form 10-K and our subsequent
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a discussion of risk
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events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to
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