MURPHY OIL CORPORATION CLOSES KAYBOB DUVERNAY AND LIQUIDS RICH PLACID MONTNEY JOINT VENTURE
EL DORADO, Arkansas, May 13, 2016 - Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE: MUR) today announced that its Canadian subsidiary, Murphy Oil Company Ltd. ("MOCL"), closed the joint venture ("JV") with affiliates of Athabasca Oil Corporation ("Athabasca") that was previously announced on January 27, 2016.
Under the terms of the JV, Murphy's subsidiary acquired a 70 percent operated working interest ("WI") of Athabasca's production, acreage, infrastructure and facilities in the Kaybob Duvernay lands, and a 30 percent non-operated WI of Athabasca's production, acreage, infrastructure and facilities in the liquids rich Placid Montney lands in Alberta. Total consideration amounts to C$486 million, including closing adjustments, of which Murphy will pay approximately C$267 million in cash at closing and the remaining C$219 million in the form of a carry over a period of four to five years. The transaction has an effective date of January 1, 2016.
"We are excited to close this transaction with our new joint venture partner, Athabasca. This new position in the Kaybob Duvernay and liquids rich Placid Montney complements our existing unconventional business in the Eagle Ford Shale and the Montney. Current net production is approximately 4,000 boepd, which will add approximately 2,100 boepd to Murphy's second quarter production. Over the remainder of 2016, we plan to spend approximately US$40 million on completions, infrastructure and facilities," commented Roger W. Jenkins, President and Chief Executive Officer.
ABOUT MURPHY OIL CORPORATION
Murphy Oil Corporation is a global independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company, with proved reserves of 774 million barrels of oil equivalent at year-end 2015. The Company's diverse resource base includes offshore production in Malaysia, Canada and Gulf of Mexico, as well as, North American onshore plays in the Eagle Ford Shale and Montney.
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