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Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. announces 2013 capital budget & provides 2013 sales volumes guidance

Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012

DENVER, Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. (NYSE: KOG), an oil and gas exploration and production company with primary assets in the Williston Basin of North Dakota, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a $775 million 2013 capital expenditure ("CAPEX") budget allocated to Williston Basin oil and gas activities.  Kodiak's preliminary 2013 CAPEX budget is subject to, among other things, market conditions, oilfield services and equipment availability, commodity prices and drilling results.  The 2013 CAPEX budget compares to Kodiak's final 2012 CAPEX budget, which was $750 million.  The Company also today provided its 2013 outlook for oil and gas sales volumes.

2013 CAPEX Budget

The Company has allocated $600 million of the 2013 CAPEX budget to the drilling and completing of 75 gross (61 net) operated wells; $140 million to non-operated drilling and completion activities for 14 net wells; and $35 million for other items including water disposal systems, well connections, and acreage acquisitions. The 2013 drilling program is designed to provide flexibility in identifying suitable well locations and in the timing and size of capital investment.

As part of the 2013 CAPEX budget, Kodiak expects to operate six drilling rigs during the majority of 2013, subject to, among other things, economic conditions (including commodity prices).  Kodiak's rig termination schedule allows for the Company to adjust CAPEX in reaction to economic conditions.  Kodiak expects to primarily utilize one dedicated full-time, 24-hour completion spread, while maintaining the option to add a second 24-hour crew on an as-needed basis.

No CAPEX has been allocated to the Green River Basin in Southwestern Wyoming where Kodiak has a non-operated working interest in 30,000 gross acres (7,000 net acres).  Kodiak's participation in future wells in the Green River Basin is subject to prevailing Rocky Mountain liquids and natural gas prices at time of election.

About Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp.

Denver-based Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. is an independent energy exploration and development company focused on exploring, developing and producing oil and natural gas primarily in the Williston Basin in the U.S. Rocky Mountains.  For further information, please visit www.kodiakog.com.  The Company's common shares are listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: "KOG."

SOURCE Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp.

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