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Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE: WES) (“WES” or the “Partnership”) today announced that it has agreed to acquire a 33.75% interest in both the Liberty and Rome gas gathering systems from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) for total consideration of $490 million (the “Anadarko Acquisition”). The Partnership also announced that it has agreed to acquire a 33.75% interest in the Larry’s Creek, Seely and Warrensville gas gathering systems from an affiliate of Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) for total consideration of $133.5 million (the “Third-Party Acquisition”). The assets in both the Anadarko Acquisition and the Third-Party Acquisition serve production from the Marcellus shale in north-central Pennsylvania and have current total combined throughput of over 1.2 Bcf/d.

“These immediately accretive Marcellus acquisitions further enhance both our geographic diversity and our fee-based asset portfolio,” said Chief Operating Officer, Danny Rea. “We expect that the high quality of the underlying resources in combination with the large inventory of wells not yet connected to the systems will provide significant near-term growth.”

The Partnership intends to finance the Anadarko Acquisition with approximately $220 million of cash on hand, the borrowing of $246 million on its revolving credit facility and the issuance of 449,129 common units to Anadarko at an implied price of approximately $54.55 per unit. The transaction will be immediately accretive to the Partnership, with the acquisition price representing an approximate 7.6 times multiple of the assets’ forecasted 2013 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”). The transaction is expected to close on March 1, 2013.

The Partnership intends to finance the Third-Party Acquisition with borrowings on its revolving credit facility. The transaction will be immediately accretive to the Partnership, with the acquisition price representing an approximate 9.7 times multiple of the assets’ forecasted 2013 EBITDA. The acquisition is expected to close by March 15, 2013.

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