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Apache calls it quits on Alpine High after $3 billion charge

PHOTO COURTESY: APACHECORP.COM
PHOTO COURTESY: APACHECORP.COM(KOSA)
Published: Feb. 27, 2020 at 2:32 PM CST
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Apache Corp. is officially calling it quits on a highly publicized but disappointing shale discovery in West Texas after vehemently defending the prospect for about three years.

The Houston-based company posted a roughly $3 billion writedown on its Alpine High project, a find from 2016 that fizzled when it turned out to hold more natural gas than oil. Apache will instead focus on offshore riches in Suriname, where the explorer recently struck crude and enlisted French oil titan Total SA as a partner.

“Apache has no current plans for future drilling at Alpine High,” Clay Bretches, chief executive officer of Apache’s pipeline spinoff, Altus Midstream Co., said in a statement.

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