Plains E&P announced a significant acquisition in the Eagle Ford oil shale trend and provided an operational update.
PXP, Plains E&P, has agreed to acquire interests in approximately 60,000 net acres in the Eagle Ford oil and gas condensate windows in South Texas for $578 million in cash. Of the 60,000 net acres, approximately 20,400 net acres are located in a joint operating area between PXP and EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE:EOG - News). The Eagle Ford properties are located primarily in Karnes County of South Texas and have net resource potential of approximately 140 to 175 million BOE, projected net production capability of approximately 2,000 BOE per day and a year-end 2011 production target exit rate of approximately 5,000 BOE per day net to PXP.
James C. Flores, Chairman, President and CEO of PXP commented, "We are pleased to announce this significant acquisition which enables us to aggressively expand our large, high-margin onshore oil business. The Eagle Ford transaction adds a high-quality oil asset with substantial reserve and oil production growth opportunities to PXP's existing domestic oil resource position. As part of our focused oil growth strategy, PXP will operate substantially all of its oil assets, maintain total company liquids volumes between 50% and 60% of total production, and continue to deploy a hedge strategy to protect our cash flows."
The Eagle Ford oil shale acquisition is expected to close during the fourth-quarter 2010, subject to customary closing conditions and adjustments, with an effective date of September 1, 2010. J.P. Morgan provided financial advisory services related to the acquisition. As previously announced, the data room process for the planned Gulf of Mexico deepwater divestment is underway with final bids expected in late-October to mid-November. PXP expects the divestment to close by year-end 2010. Barclays Capital and Jefferies & Company are assisting PXP in the Gulf of Mexico deepwater divestment.
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