March 5, 2014
/PRNewswire/ -- Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN), through its wholly owned subsidiary Southwestern Energy Production Company, today announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase approximately 312,000 net acres in northwest
targeting crude oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas contained in the Niobrara formation from Quicksilver Resources Inc. (NYSE: KWK) and SWEPI LP, a wholly owned subsidiary of
Royal Dutch Shell
plc (NYSE: RDS.A) for approximately
, subject to closing conditions. Southwestern intends to use its revolving credit facility to finance the acquisition. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014.
"We are very excited about our entry into this emerging liquids-rich resource play," stated
, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southwestern Energy. "This acreage position covers a substantial area in the Sand Wash Basin – over 50 miles across and over 20 miles wide – and provides the opportunity for us to leverage our operational strengths into a new large, scalable project. Basin characteristics include proven oil production with minimal water cut, preferred fluid-phase windows, demonstrated overpressure, evidence of matrix permeability and porosity from petrophysics and well decline behavior, a thick, continuous reservoir with ample storage capacity and potential upside from downspacing and stacked reservoir benches. Upon closing, we expect that we could begin drilling operations as early as June of this year."
Southwestern Energy Company is an independent energy company whose wholly-owned subsidiaries are engaged in natural gas and oil exploration, development and production, natural gas gathering and marketing. Additional information on the company can be found on the Internet at
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