Anadarko Announces 2013 Capital Program and Guidance

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) today announced details of its 2013 capital program and guidance, and provided additional information regarding its significant U.S. onshore growth opportunities, deepwater and international mega projects and industry-leading exploration program.
“With the outstanding momentum we established in 2012 and the opportunities our deep portfolio provides, we expect 2013 to be one of the best years in our company’s history,” Anadarko President and CEO Al Walker said. “Our 2013 capital investments will focus on projects that generate rates of return between 30 and more than 100 percent in the current commodity-price environment, while spending within cash flow. We expect to deliver sales-volumes growth of approximately five percent, with the year-over-year increase comprised almost entirely of higher-margin oil sales volumes. The projected increase in oil sales volumes will be largely driven by accelerated activity in our Wattenberg and Eagleford horizontal programs and the anticipated ramp up of oil volumes during the year at our El Merk facilities in Algeria.
“Accelerating value by advancing our high-margin deepwater and international oil and LNG (liquefied natural gas) mega projects remains a priority in 2013, and we expect to continue pursuing carry arrangements and opportunistic divestitures to further enhance the capital efficiency of our portfolio,” added Walker. “Following our highly successful 2012 exploration program where we nearly doubled our original targeted resources, we plan to be among the most active deepwater explorers in the world again in 2013. We expect to drill approximately 25 deepwater exploration and appraisal wells this year, including high-potential prospects in the Gulf of Mexico and three potentially play-opening international opportunities.”
2013 Capital Program and Expectations
Total 2013 capital investments are expected to be in the range of $7.2 to $7.6 billion. This range excludes capital investments associated with Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE: WES), a separate, publicly traded entity controlled by Anadarko and included in its consolidated financial statements. An approximate breakout of Anadarko’s 2013 capital program is included below:
———————2013 Capital Expenditures by Area
———————-$7.2 – $7.6 Billion
U.S. Onshore ————————————————60%
International ———————————————–15%
Gulf of Mexico ———————————————-15%
Midstream/Other ——————————————– 10%
U.S. Onshore
The company expects to increase U.S. onshore sales volumes by approximately 10 percent over 2012, increasing sales of higher-margin oil volumes by approximately 30,000 barrels per day. This growth is highlighted by the company’s liquids-rich Wattenberg field, where the company holds significant mineral-interest ownership and is generating rates of return exceeding 100 percent at today’s prices. Anadarko plans to capitalize on these exceptional economics by nearly doubling its horizontal drilling activity in the field. In addition to Wattenberg, Anadarko plans to invest the majority of its 2013 U.S. onshore capital in its major growth plays that generate the highest returns and margins, such as the Eagleford Shale, the East Texas Horizontal play, and the Permian Basin.
The company continues to expand the competitive advantage created by its large and growing midstream infrastructure, facilitating continued growth in its core operating areas. Anadarko expects to significantly improve its price realizations through the addition of 500 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of processing capacity, along with equity positions in key infrastructure projects and contracted pipeline capacity.
Gulf of Mexico
Anadarko’s 2013 unprecedented activity level in the Gulf of Mexico is under way, with plans to participate in six to eight exploration and appraisal wells during the year. This includes ongoing activity in the Shenandoah mini-basin, where the company already has encountered encouraging results from its Shenandoah appraisal well and the nearby Coronado prospect, with results from the Yucatan prospect expected later this quarter.
The 2013 Gulf of Mexico capital program reflects the benefits of the $556 million carried-interest agreement for the Lucius project, which is expected to fully carry Anadarko’s capital costs through first production. The capital program also includes assumptions for a similar potential carry arrangement associated with the Heidelberg development, which is expected to be sanctioned later this year. To further maximize cost efficiencies at Lucius and Heidelberg, Anadarko is implementing a “design one; build two” approach as it moves forward on the construction of two truss spars, each with capacity of 80,000 barrels of oil per day. Lucius is on schedule to achieve first oil in 2014, and Heidelberg is expected to achieve first oil in 2016.
In 2013, Anadarko plans to advance large-scale development projects in Algeria, Ghana and Mozambique, as well as continue a very active exploration program consisting of approximately 20 planned deepwater exploration/appraisal wells.
In addition to the anticipated oil production ramp up at El Merk, expansion projects are under way to increase production from the current 110,000 barrels of oil per day at the Jubilee field offshore Ghana. In 2013, Anadarko plans to continue working with its partners and the Ghanaian government to advance the TEN complex, which will be Ghana’s second major deepwater oil development.
In Mozambique, the company continues to advance the massive natural gas resources discovered in the Offshore Area 1 toward first LNG cargoes in 2018. Anadarko and its co-venturers expect to achieve reserve certification in 2013, while continuing to make progress securing oil-linked LNG sales agreements.
During the year, Anadarko expects to test additional opportunities in Mozambique, Kenya and the West African Cretaceous Trend, as well as new areas of activity, including the South China Sea and New Zealand.
2013 Guidance
Additional details about the company’s 2013 guidance and updated hedging positions are provided in the tables attached to this news release.
Investor Conference Call
As previously announced, Anadarko will host an investor conference call today at 7:30 a.m. Central Standard Time (8:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) to discuss details of this year’s capital program, guidance and worldwide activities. The dial-in number is 855.812.0464 in the United States or 970.300.2271 for international calls. The confirmation number is 88746956. For complete instructions on how to participate in the conference call, or to listen to the live audio webcast and slide presentation, please visit A replay of the call will also be available on the website for approximately 30 days following the call.
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s mission is to deliver a competitive and sustainable rate of return to shareholders by exploring for, acquiring and developing oil and natural gas resources vital to the world’s health and welfare. As of year-end 2012, the company had approximately 2.56 billion barrels-equivalent of proved reserves, making it one of the world’s largest independent exploration and production companies. For more information about Anadarko and APC Flash Feed updates, please visit
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