TULSA, OK, July 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE:LPI) (“Laredo” or “the Company”) today provided the following information regarding a fire at a Laredo tank battery in Glasscock County, Texas.
On June 30, 2018, a fire was reported at a Laredo tank battery in Glasscock County, Texas. No injuries were reported and the fire was extinguished the same day. Laredo’s operations personnel were alerted by the Company’s SCADA system and were able to quickly respond and shut-in the producing wells, limiting the amount of oil consumed by the fire. Additionally, this area is part of Laredo’s Medallion pipeline system acreage dedication, thus the amount of oil in the storage tanks was minimized as it was directly tied by gathering pipelines to the Medallion system. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated, although initial indications are the fire was caused by a lightning strike. The Company is working closely with the relevant parties to gather all pertinent facts.
Laredo operations personnel immediately began assessing the condition of production facilities and alternatives for reestablishing production as soon as possible. At the time of the incident, wells flowing into the battery were producing approximately 5,100 net barrels of oil per day (“BOPD”). The wells sustained no damage and the Company expects to restore approximately 70% of the shut-in production beginning Tuesday, July 3, and approximately 90% by the following week. All remaining shut-in production is expected to be restored by the end of July. Current efforts are expected to limit the impact of the shut-in production to approximately 400 BOPD in the third quarter of 2018, and the Company is reiterating its previously stated guidance for oil and total production growth for full-year 2018 of greater than 10% and 12%, respectively.
“We are very thankful that no injuries resulted from this incident and appreciate the quick response and professionalism of the first responders,” stated Randy A. Foutch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “While incidents such as these can never be anticipated, they can be planned for. Our protocols for responding to alerts in the field accelerated our assessment of the situation and, combined with past field infrastructure investments, enabled the return of significant amounts of shut-in production in a short period of time.”
Laredo Petroleum, Inc. is an independent energy company with headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Laredo’s business strategy is focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of oil and natural gas properties and midstream and marketing services, primarily in the Permian Basin of West Texas.