Noble Energy Further Enhances Wells Ranch Position Through DJ Basin Acreage Trade

Houston, June 16, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NBL) (Noble Energy or the Company) announced today that the Company has signed definitive agreements with PDC Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: PDCE) (PDC Energy) to exchange certain acreage in the greater Wattenberg area of northern Colorado. Noble Energy will receive approximately 11,700 net acres in the Company’s Wells Ranch development area in exchange for approximately 13,500 net acres primarily out of the Company’s Bronco area, located southwest of Wells Ranch. The difference in net acreage exchanged is driven primarily by variances in net revenue interest. The transaction is expected to close early in the fourth quarter of 2016, subject to title examination and other adjustments.

Charles J. Rimer, Noble Energy’s Senior Vice President, U.S. Onshore, commented, “This strategic acreage exchange expands our Wells Ranch acreage position by approximately 20 percent and provides substantial operating synergies and cost efficiencies for both ourselves and PDC Energy. The trade simplifies long term development of the DJ Basin, adds significant incremental value to Noble Energy and optimizes our existing infrastructure. In addition, the new acreage to Noble Energy materially increases long lateral drilling opportunities within our Wells Ranch development area. Further, the higher contiguous acreage positions for both companies should result in fewer surface locations, reducing the above ground impact.”

The acreage exchange includes leasehold only. Existing production on the acreage will remain with each party. Following the closing of the acreage exchange, Noble Energy’s total Wells Ranch development area net acreage will increase to approximately 78,100 acres. A map related to the transaction can be found on the ‘News Releases’ page under ‘Investors’ on the Noble Energy’s website at

Greeley Crescent Acreage Sale Update
Noble Energy received $486 million on June 14, 2016, through an initial closing of the sale of approximately 33,100 net acres within the Greeley Crescent area to Synergy Resources. The remaining funds, estimated to be $19 million, will be received in a final closing expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2016. The acreage included in the transaction remains dedicated to Noble Energy’s midstream business for oil and water gathering, as well as freshwater services.

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