Apache Restores 81% of Shut-In Gas and 65% of Oil Production in the GOM



Apache reports that it has restored 81 percent, or 459 million cubic feet (MMcf) per day, of its gross operated natural gas production and 65 percent, or 45,600 barrels per day, of its gross operated oil production in the company's Gulf Coast Region that had been shut-in due to Hurricane Katrina.

Apache expects to restore another 45 MMcf per day of gross operated gas production and 4,000 barrels per day of gross operated oil production by mid-October.

Repair and replacement of lost or damaged production platforms and third-party pipelines and other facilities make it likely that approximately 60 MMcf per day of gross operated natural gas production and 20,000 barrels per day of gross operated oil production may remain shut in for an extended period of up to a year, Apache reported.

The company maintains a $150 million business interruption insurance policy to cover lost production revenue. Apache also has property damage insurance totaling $350 million, after a $7.5 million deductible; $250 million of this coverage is with a large mutual insurer of energy companies and is subject to reduction depending on Katrina claims by other companies.

With the restored production, Apache's Gulf Coast Region is now flowing 87 percent of its normal gross operated gas volumes and 68 percent of its normal gross operated oil volumes.

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