Production and sales volumes during the quarter are now estimated to average 94,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Dry hole charges for the quarter are estimated to be between $5 million and $19 million. Total worldwide exploration expense, including dry hole charges, should be between $41 million and $55 million during the quarter.
In the worldwide downstream business, the Company's retail margins were robust early in the quarter before declining while refining margins finished the quarter strongly. Income from downstream operations is expected to be between $40 million and $45 million for the quarter.
Corporate charges for the first quarter are expected to be approximately $13 million.
Earnings may vary based on prices and volumes from the sale of the Company's crude oil production, and due to variances in projected and actual downstream operating margins.
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