Houston, April 08, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NBL) today announced that drilling operations at the Silvergate exploration well, drilled on Mississippi Canyon Block 339, have been completed. The well did not encounter commercial hydrocarbons and is being plugged and abandoned. Noble Energy operated the well with a 50 percent working interest. Costs associated with the well will be recorded in results for the first quarter of 2016. Total exploration expense for the Company in the first quarter of 2016 is now expected to be towards the upper end of the previously-provided $130 to $170 million guidance range.
Upon completion of operations at Silvergate, the rig will move to Green Canyon Block 39 and commence drilling an appraisal well at the Katmai oil discovery. The appraisal well is designed to test additional gross resource potential beyond the 40 to 60 million barrels of oil equivalent already discovered. Results from the Katmai appraisal well are expected in the early part of the fourth quarter of 2016. Potential development at Katmai would likely involve a subsea tie-back into existing infrastructure. Noble Energy operates Katmai and has a 38 percent working interest in the appraisal well.
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The Securities and Exchange Commission requires oil and gas companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose proved reserves that a company has demonstrated by actual production or conclusive formation tests to be economically and legally producible under existing economic and operating conditions. The SEC permits the optional disclosure of probable and possible reserves, however, we have not disclosed the Company’s probable and possible reserves in our filings with the SEC. We use certain terms in this news release, such as “gross resource potential.” This estimate is by its nature more speculative than estimates of proved, probable and possible reserves and accordingly are subject to substantially greater risk of being actually realized. The SEC guidelines strictly prohibit us from including these estimates in filings with the SEC. Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosures and risk factors in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and in other reports on file with the SEC, available from Noble Energy’s offices or website, http://www.nobleenergyinc.com.
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