Newfield Sells Malaysian Offshore Busines

Newfield Exploration Company plans to sell its equity interests in Newfield Malaysia Holdings to SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad for $898 million. The deal is expected to close early next year.

“We have enjoyed significant success in Malaysia and had a great business partnership with Petronas in the region,” commented Lee K. Boothby, Newfield Chairman, President and CEO, in a press release. “In early 2013, however, we announced our intent to exit our international businesses and focus our investments on domestic resource plays.”

In April 2013, Newfield made a large natural gas discovery off the coast of Malaysia in its B-14 well, which encountered 1,585 feet of net natural gas in about 250 feet of water 50 miles offshore. The company estimated there are 1.5- to 3 trillion cubic feet of gas initially-in-place after its discovery. 

The agreement is subject to the approval of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) under the applicable production sharing contracts, the purchaser's shareholder approval and customary closing conditions. Newfield intends to offer preferential rights to its partners under the Joint Operating Agreements.

Newfield plans to use the sale proceeds for debt and general corporate purposes. 

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