Hess Corporation has announced it will increase E&P spending for 2017, including adding more Bakken rigs.
For 2017, Hess plans to spend $2.25 billion for E&P activity, a hefty increase from the $1.9 billion spent in 2016. The company will allocate that money to the following:
- $700 million for unconventional shale resources
- $375 million for production
- $825 million for developments
- $350 million for exploration and appraisal activities
- $425 million of its development budget will be used to drill two wells and complete three wells, install the tension leg platform and progress development of the Stampede Field in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico to achieve first oil in 2018.
Hess will also add additional rigs in the Bakken and predicts the region's net production in 2017 will average between 95,000 and 105,000 boepd.
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