TULSA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WPX Energy (NYSE:WPX) announced today that it closed an agreement to jointly develop its Trail Ridge properties with TRDC LLC, a subsidiary of Houston-based G2X Energy.
The Trail Ridge development is part of WPX’s position in western Colorado’s Piceance Basin Highlands. WPX will remain as operator.
“We’re bringing value forward by accelerating the development of what has been a quiet part of our Piceance holdings,” said Rick Muncrief, WPX president and chief executive officer.
“This is a creative way to generate returns that are among the best in our portfolio,” Muncrief added.
WPX received approximately $40 million cash for 49 percent of its working interest in approximately 100 proved developed producing (PDP) Trail Ridge wells.
The working interest sold represents 27 billion cubic feet of proved developed reserves and 46 billion cubic feet of proved undeveloped reserves.
TRDC also has committed to a $170 million drilling carry on nearly 400 future wells and will make additional investments for its 49 percent working interest.
WPX will pay 28 percent of the Trail Ridge development and receive 51 percent of the production and reserves until TRDC has completed its $170 million funding commitment. This structure will generate returns for WPX comparable to its oil plays during the carry period.
Currently, the parties plan to jointly develop eight wells in 2014; 25 wells in 2015, 50 wells in 2016 and 100 wells per year in 2017 and beyond. WPX has approximately 1,300 remaining Trail Ridge drilling locations.
The joint development agreement is for the Williams Fork and Iles formations and does not include deeper opportunities in the Mancos and Niobrara shales.
About WPX Energy, Inc.
WPX Energy is an independent exploration and production company formed during a spinoff two years ago. Overall, WPX has more than 30 years of experience in its sector along with more than 40 local, state and federal awards for efficiency, innovation and corporate social responsibility.
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