ConocoPhillips raises Eagle Ford resource estimate
NEW YORK – ConocoPhillips has reaffirmed its objective to deliver double-digit returns annually to shareholders at its Analyst Meeting held at the New York Stock Exchange. Members of the company’s executive leadership team outlined ConocoPhillips’ goal to consistently deliver 3 to 5% compound annual growth in production and margins.
ConocoPhillips also highlighted its substantial U.S. unconventional position and announced an increase of its estimated resource base in the prolific Eagle Ford play. Based on its prime acreage position and technical knowledge, the company has increased its estimates from 1.8 billion to 2.5 billion bbl of oil in place. Production is also expected to increase from current volumes to more than 250,000 boed by 2017.
“ConocoPhillips’ wells in the Eagle Ford have the highest oil rates per well and are leading the industry in value. This is attributable not only to the fact that we are in the best part of the play, but also to our relentless focus on technical innovation and drilling and completion cost efficiencies,” said Chairman and CEO Ryan Lance. “We are applying these benefits and efficiencies across our unconventional portfolio in the Bakken, Permian, Niobrara, Canada, and outside of North America. We believe our unconventional resource base is unmatched, particularly for a company our size."
“Beginning this year, we will be growing production and margins across our diverse asset base, and allocating 95% of our annual capital expenditures to growth projects and programs with margins that are higher than our average margin today. We believe we have the asset base, technical capability, world-class workforce and financial strength to deliver on our unique value proposition,” Lance added.
Since 2009, ConocoPhillips has added 6.7 billion boe of resources through a diverse and balanced exploration and appraisal portfolio of high-value opportunities. Among the high-quality prospects are four large U.S. Gulf of Mexico discoveries – Tiber, Gila, Shenandoah and Coronado. Further activity is targeting offshore prospects in Australia, Angola and Senegal; conventional exploration in Norway and Indonesia; and unconventional exploration in North America, Poland and Colombia.
In its first two years as an E&P company, ConocoPhillips generated proceeds of $12.4 billion from non-core asset sales, advanced new growth projects, achieved visible margin growth, accessed new organic growth opportunities, participated in successful deepwater Gulf of Mexico discoveries and maintained a strong dividend.
Over the next several years, ConocoPhillips plans to execute a disciplined capital program of approximately $16 billion per year and achieve the company’s organic reserve replacement target of more than 100%. The company expects to generate 3 to 5% compound annual production growth and margin growth from major development programs and projects already under way in the U.S. Lower 48, Canadian oil sands, UK and Norwegian North Sea, Malaysia and Australia.