Hess Plans Offshore Development of Stampede

Hess Corp., together with its project co-owners, plans to proceed with the development of Stampede, an oil and gas project in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Discovered in 2005, the Stampede Field is located approximately 115 miles south of Fourchon, La., in the Gulf of Mexico (Green Canyon Blocks 468, 511 and 512). The field is located in approximately 3,500 feet of water, with a reservoir depth of 30,000 feet. The plan initially calls for six subsea production wells and four water injection wells from two subsea drill centers tied back to a tension leg platform. A two-rig drilling program is planned, with the first rig commencing operations later this year. First production is expected in 2018.

The processing capacity for the project is approximately 80,000 barrels of oil per day and 100,000 barrels of water injection capacity per day. Total estimated recoverable resources for Stampede are estimated in the range of 300 million to 350 million barrels of oil equivalent. The development is estimated to cost approximately $6 billion.

Hess has a 25% working interest in the project and is the project operator. Union Oil Co., a Chevron subsidiary, Statoil, and Nexen Petroleum Offshore U.S.A. Inc. each have a 25% working interest.

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