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Apache Corporation said Friday that its Gulf of Mexico subsidiary will sell non-operated interests in the Lucius and Heidelberg development projects and 11 primary term deepwater exploration blocks to a subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. for $1.4 billion.

The effective date of the transaction is May 1, 2014.

The sale is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by June 30, 2014, Apache said.

Earlier this week,Freeport McMoRan agreed to sell to Encana around 45,000 acres of Eagle Ford shale oil acreage in Texas for $3.1 billion.

Apache’s Thomas E. Voytovich, executive vice president and chief operating officer for offshore and international operations, said Friday: “Discoveries on the shelf [in water depths less than 1,000 feet] have quicker cycle times, require less capital, and provide more options to bring oil and gas to market.”

Apache has working interests in about 650 blocks in the Gulf of Mexico.

“In addition to the exploration and development of properties in shallower water, Apache continues to pursue joint venture and/or monetization opportunities for its deepwater prospects,”  Voytovich said.

The Lucius unit comprises Keathley Canyon blocks 874, 875, 918 and 919, and the company’s working interest is 11.7 percent.

The Heidelberg unit includes Green Canyon blocks 859, 903, 904 and 948 and the company holds a 12.5 percent working interest.

Apache’s working interest in the 11 primary term blocks ranges from 16.67 to 60 percent.

During the fourth-quarter 2013, Apache’s Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Region contributed 9,167 barrels of oil equivalent per day to the company’s total production.

None of the company’s producing operations are involved in the sale announced Friday.


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