The Company also announced that its fourth quarter 2005 oil and gas price realizations (including the impact of hedging) averaged $6.87 per mcfe. This represents a 40% increase over the prior-year period and a 9% increase over third quarter 2005. During 2005, approximately a quarter of Range's production was hedged with swaps that were put in place several years ago at prices that were significantly lower than current market prices. These swaps expired at the end of 2005. Based on current futures prices and the rolling off of the low price hedges, realized prices are anticipated to increase significantly in 2006.
Commenting on the announcement, John Pinkerton, Range's President and CEO, said, "We are very pleased to have achieved double digit production growth again in 2005. It is a testament to our operating teams that sequential production growth was posted each quarter, despite the impact of the hurricanes and numerous pipeline shut-ins. In 2006, we expect production to continue to increase, with over 1,000 wells planned, targeting the largest inventory in our Company's history. Additionally, our technical teams are making solid progress expanding our emerging plays. We are hopeful that one or more of these plays will prove to be commercial in 2006."
Range Resources Corporation is an independent oil and gas company operating in the Southwestern, Appalachian and Gulf Coast regions of the United States.
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