MEMP plans to continue pursuing a capital workover program on its extensive legacy assets. The capital workover program initiated in mid-2012 resulted in the completion of 34 well projects by year-end with an aggregate $2.8 million capex spend and a projected 100% rate of return.
MEMP closed the Beta acquisition and took over operations in December 2012 with production averaging approximately 3,909 gross (1,548 net) Bbls/d for the month. As previously announced, capital plans for 2013 include drilling and completing six operated wells from the Beta platforms and a number of facility upgrades, including the installation of an offshore power cable that will result in reduced operating costs and air emissions. Total capital expenditures for California in 2013 are expected to be approximately $26 million.In January 2013, MEMP temporarily shut in the Eureka platform for 26 days to allow for maintenance and inspection services on segments of the Eureka and Elly platform piping systems. During this downtime, MEMP was able to accelerate several maintenance and inspection projects that were previously scheduled for this summer, including production vessel clean outs and the smart pigging of the inter-platform flow lines. Downtime for maintenance and inspection is taken into consideration in MEMP's budget projections as it is a prudent and practical part of platform facility operations. The production impact of the shut-in was approximately 72 MBbls gross (28 MBbls net). The shut-in volumes represent less than 1% of the mid-point of MEMP's updated 2013 production guidance. Eureka was returned to production on February 1. Production volumes for the six weeks since February 1 have been in-line with previous daily volumes, averaging 3,885 gross (1,538 net) Bbls/d. (1)Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow are non-GAAP financial measures. Please see the reconciliation to the most comparable measure calculated in accordance with GAAP in the "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" section of this press release. Memorial Production Partners LP is a Delaware limited partnership that was formed to own and acquire oil and natural gas properties in North America. MEMP's properties are located in South Texas, East Texas/North Louisiana and California and consist of mature, legacy oil and natural gas reservoirs. MEMP is headquartered in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit www.memorialpp.com . The Memorial Production Partners logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=11158 This press release may include "forward-looking statements." All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that MEMP expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on certain assumptions made by MEMP based on its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of MEMP, which may cause MEMP's actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements. Please read MEMP's filings with the SEC, which are available on MEMP's Investor Relations website at http://investor.memorialpp.com/sec.cfm or on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov, for a discussion of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those in such forward-looking statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. MEMP undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after this press release. The SEC permits oil and gas companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only proved, probable and possible reserves that meet the SEC's definitions for such terms. In addition, the estimates of reserves in this press release are based on various assumptions, including assumptions related to oil and natural gas prices as discussed above, drilling and operating expenses, capital expenditures, taxes and availability of funds, which may differ materially from those that were used in MEMP's 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K.