HOUSTON, Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Apache Corporation (NYSE, Nasdaq: APA) said today that a second successful horizontal well has increased production at the Bacchus Field in the United Kingdom sector of the North Sea to 12,900 barrels of oil per day.
The latest horizontal well, Bacchus West, penetrated Jurassic-aged Fulmar reservoir sandstones and logged 889 feet (measured depth) of net pay in three sections. The well currently is producing approximately 8,500 barrels of oil per day.
The first well on the field, Bacchus South, commenced production in May at approximately 6,000 barrels per day; it currently is producing approximately 4,400 barrels per day. Apache has a 50-percent working interest in Bacchus, which is a subsea tie-back to Apache's Forties Alpha platform."Increased output in the North Sea stemming from our drilling successes at Bacchus and the Beryl Field are expected to make a significant contribution to Apache's second-half 2012 production growth," said Rodney J. Eichler, president and chief operating officer. Following completion operations at Bacchus, the Rowan Gorilla VII jack-up drilling rig is scheduled to move to appraise Apache's Aviat shallow gas discovery. About Apache Apache Corporation is an oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Canada, Egypt, the United Kingdom North Sea, Australia and Argentina. Apache posts announcements, operational updates, investor information and copies of all press releases on its website, www.apachecorp.com. Forward-looking statements This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "seeks," "believes," "estimates," "expects" and similar references to future periods. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future plans, expectations, and objectives for Apache's operations including statements about drilling plans and future production growth. While forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and analyses made by us that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances, whether actual results and developments will meet our expectations and predictions depend on a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause our actual results, performance, and financial condition to differ materially from our expectations. See "Risk Factors" in our 2011 Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a discussion of risk factors that affect our business. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this news release speaks only as of the date on which it is made. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future development, or otherwise, except as may be required by law.