Plains Exploration & Production Co. (PXP) has completed the divestment of its Gulf of Mexico shallow water shelf properties to McMoRan Exploration Company. The transaction was approved by McMoRan shareholders at a special stockholders meeting held last week. At closing and after preliminary closing adjustments, PXP received about $86 million in cash, including $11 million in working capital adjustments, and 51 million shares of McMoRan common stock in exchange for all of PXP’s interests in its Gulf of Mexico leaseholds located in less than 500 feet of water. PXP has designated James C. Flores, chairman of the board, president, and chief executive officer, and John F. Wombwell, executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary to McMoRan’s board of directors.
Noble Energy, Inc. announced a significant natural gas discovery at the Leviathan exploration prospect offshore Israel. Drilled in the Rachel license, the well encountered a minimum of 220 ft of net natural gas pay in several subsalt Miocene intervals. Leviathan-1, located in about 5,400 ft of water, is about 29 miles southwest of the Tamar discovery.