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Cimarex Announces 2014 Capital Plans, Production Guidance And Additional Wolfcamp Results

DENVER, Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cimarex Energy Co. (NYSE: XEC) today released its 2014 capital plan of $1.8 billion, 78 percent of which is earmarked for projects in the Delaware Basin.  Total company production is expected to grow to an average 760-800 MMcfe per day in 2014, a midpoint increase of 13 percent over 2013.  Estimated growth in oil production of 17-19 percent will outpace natural gas liquids (NGL) and natural gas production growth.  The capital program will be funded with cash flow from operating activities and bank debt. 

Tom Jorden, Cimarex Chairman and CEO said, "Cimarex uncovered significant, new high rate-of-return opportunities in the Delaware Basin during 2013, particularly in the Wolfcamp shale.  Our goal this year is to more fully understand this large resource and how best to develop it. We have multiple pilot programs planned that are designed to do just that."

Cimarex intends to invest $1.4 billion in the Permian Region in 2014, up 40 percent from 2013 capital expenditures of approximately $1 billion.  About $1.2 billion will be invested drilling and completing wells, including $600 million in the Wolfcamp shale.  About $375 million will be used to drill oil-rich Bone Spring sands and $175 million will be dedicated to drilling Avalon shale wells.   Cimarex has allocated $350 million of capital to opportunities in the Mid-Continent region including, nearly $250 million in the Cana-Woodford shale. 

Cimarex currently has four downspacing pilots planned in 2014, two in the Wolfcamp D in Culberson County and two Wolfcamp pilots in Reeves County.  A four-well, 80-acre spacing pilot in the Wolfcamp A in Reeves County is now underway and drilling will commence on the first four-well, 80-acre spacing pilot in Culberson County later this month.  A stacked lateral pilot is currently drilling in Culberson County to determine whether the Wolfcamp D and C can be completed and produced as separate intervals.  Another pilot planned in Reeves is designed to simultaneously test both downspacing and stacked lateral spacing in the Wolfcamp A.  Drilling will commence on this six-well pilot during the first quarter.

Drilling UpdateCimarex announced that its first Wolfcamp A test in Culberson County, Texas, the Twenty Grand 26 Fee #1H, had an average 30-day peak production rate of 1,251 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) per day including 672 barrels of oil per day (54 percent).  The well was drilled using a 5,000-foot lateral and an upsized completion (20-stage frac).  As anticipated, this well yielded a significantly higher percentage of oil than wells producing from the deeper Wolfcamp D horizon, which yielded 26 percent oil.  Additional Wolfcamp A wells are planned in Culberson County in 2014. 

The company also announced that the Marmot 55-14 Unit #1H in Reeves County, Texas, was completed to the Wolfcamp B/C and had an average 30-day peak production rate of 6.4 MMcfe per day including 465 barrels of oil per day (44 percent).  Cimarex has also completed and begun production testing of a Wolfcamp A well in Ward County, Texas.  Both of these wells were completed using upsized fracs.  Going forward, it is expected that all of the company's Wolfcamp wells will be completed with upsized fracs (approximately 20 frac stages per 5,000 feet of horizontal section).  In addition, Cimarex is drilling extended lateral Wolfcamp wells in Culberson, Reeves and Ward Counties. 

Cimarex is currently operating 12 horizontal rigs in the Permian Basin and expects to increase to 16 by the end of January.

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