, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. ("Northern") (NYSE MKT: NOG) is providing a production and operations update for the quarter ended December 31, 2013.
PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONS UPDATE
Northern's fourth quarter 2013 production is expected to average approximately 13,900 barrels of oil equivalent (Boe) per day. This represents an increase of 28% compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, and a sequential increase of 6.5% compared to the third quarter of 2013. Total production for 2013 was approximately 4.47 million barrels of oil equivalent, an increase of approximately 19% compared to 2012.
During the fourth quarter of 2013, Northern added 173 gross (12.6 net) wells to production, with an additional 245 gross (15.2 net) wells that were drilling or awaiting completion as of December 31, 2013. During 2013, Northern added 531 gross (40.0 net) wells to production. As of December 31, 2013, Northern's total producing well count was 1,758 gross (146.2 net) wells.
Northern expects its fourth quarter 2013 realized price per barrel of oil equivalent, including the effect of settled derivatives (hedges), to be in a range of $74.50 - $75.00. The expected realized price per Boe reflects an approximate crude oil differential to WTI of $15.00 per barrel and an approximate $3.00 per barrel loss on settled crude oil derivatives during the quarter.
Northern expects its fourth quarter 2013 lease operating expense (LOE) per barrel of oil equivalent to be in a range of $8.75 - $9.00, a reduction of approximately 7% compared to the third quarter of 2013.
"We experienced solid sequential production growth driven by strong activity levels during the fourth quarter," commented Northern's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Reger. "January drilling activity has remained brisk with approximately 190 active drilling rigs in North Dakota; however, completion activity has been slower given significant cold weather during the month."
ABOUT NORTHERN OIL AND GAS
Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. is an exploration and production company with a core area of focus in the Williston Basin Bakken and Three Forks play in North Dakota and Montana.
More information about Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. can be found at www.NorthernOil.com.
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