Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Marathon Oil reported 2010 annual results; Added nine onshore exploration licenses with shale gas potential in Poland for a total of 11 licenses; Announced $5.27 billion capital, investment and exploration budget for 2011

Marathon’s annual 2010 sales volumes averaged 391,000 boepd down 2% over 2009 average of 400,000 boepd from continuing operations. This is due to the result of planned downtime associated with the turnaround of production facilities in Equatorial Guinea completed in the second quarter 2010, natural field declines and asset dispositions. The company achieved 95% reserve replacement ratio for the annual year 2010.

Marathon announced $5.267 billion capital, investment and exploration budget for 2011, consistent with prior guidance and a 9% increase from 2010 capital spending. The company aim at liquids rich opportunities such as the Bakken, Anadarko Woodford, Eagle Ford and Niobrara resource plays in the U.S.

The company’s capital spending in the upstream segments is approximately $3.7 billion or 71% of total spending for 2011. This Upstream program includes spending of $1.3 billion on base assets ($1 billion on E&P base and $300 million on Oil Sands Mining and Integrated Gas), $1.9 billion on growth assets such as liquids resource plays in the U.S., and $465 million specifically for impact exploration.

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