Oct 8 Leading Bakken oil producer Continental
Resources Inc set a target for production growth of 30
percent to 35 percent next year, as it laid out plans to triple
both production and proved reserves over the next five years.
The 2013 production target is based on anticipated capital
expenditure of $3.4 billion, which would represent a rise from
its recently increased $3 billion capex budget for this year.
The company's growth plans are focused on its fields in the
Bakken shale region of North Dakota and Montana, as well as
Oklahoma's Anadarko Woodford basin.
"Our legacy assets in the largest oil field found in over 40
years, the Bakken, provide a large amount of comfort in the
reliability of our new five-year plan," Chief Executive Harold
Hamm said in a statement, ahead of an investor day the company
is hosting on Tuesday.
Continental is the top leaseholder in the Bakken with nearly
1 million acres, putting it at the vanguard of an oil boom that
has turned North Dakota into the second-largest oil-producing
U.S. state after Texas.
Drilling costs there have escalated because of the frenetic
activity and remoteness of the region, but companies are now
taking a more efficient approach to sinking wells that is
expected to bring costs down in the months ahead.
Continental's plans to triple production to 300,000 barrels
per day by 2017 are based on the mid-point of its overall 2012
output forecast of 36 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe).
Its proved reserves in mid-2012 were 610 million boe and the
company aims to triple that figure as well by the end of 2017.
Continental shares , which have risen by more than 50 percent
in the past year, r ose 1.1 percent on Monday to close at $76.51,
prior to the company statement on its outlook.