Stone Energy Not Planning Any Utica Shale Drilling For 2015
2015 Capital Expenditure Budget
Stone's Board of Directors has authorized a 2015 capital expenditure budget of $450 million, which assumes planned sales of minority working interests in certain targeted assets. The budget also excludes acquisitions and capitalized SG&A and interest. The budget is allocated approximately 75% to Deep Water/Gulf Coast, 8% to Appalachia, 4% to Business Development and 13% to Abandonment expenditures. The capital budget and allocation of capital across the various areas is subject to change based on several factors, including commodity pricing, liquidity, permitting times, rig availability, regulatory, non-operator decisions and the sales of working interests in certain targeted assets.
The Deep Water capital budget is focused on development and exploration drilling, facility installations for development work, completion operations, and seismic and lease acquisition. Stone expects to participate in drilling two non-operated exploration wells in the first quarter of 2015, drill the Cardona #6 well, and complete the Amethyst discovery well and install a flowline back to the Pompano platform. A portion of the budget is also allocated to the expected fourth quarter of 2015 arrival of the platform rig for the Pompano platform drilling program.
The Appalachia capital budget includes securing additional core lease-hold interests and drilling several Marcellus wells in the first quarter before releasing the Marcellus drilling rig. No further Marcellus drilling is projected for the rest of the year. Late in the fourth quarter of 2015, Stone expects to receive a dual-purpose Utica/Marcellus rig for a 2016 drilling program that is capable of drilling in either shale formation.
Capital dedicated to the GOM conventional shelf will be primarily used for recompletions, improvements to existing infrastructure and required plug and abandonment operations. For increased efficiencies, the conventional shelf and deep gas operating groups have been consolidated within the deep water operations. The remainder of the capital budget is focused on onshore business development opportunities.
Capital expenditures for 2014 are expected to total approximately $875 million, which excludes capitalized SG&A and interest and is lower than the $895 million authorized by the Board.Read the whole release by clicking here.
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