September 25, 2008

Occidental Announces West Texas and Piceance Acquisitions

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 25, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) today announced the signing of a definitive purchase and sale agreement with Plains Exploration & Production Company (NYSE:PXP) to purchase all of PXP's interests in the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico and Piceance Basin of Colorado for $1.25 billion.

Current production (net to Occidental) from the properties being acquired is approximately 4,300 barrels of liquids and 52 million cubic feet of gas per day; for a total of 13,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. The properties have approximately 92 million barrels of oil equivalent of proved reserves (net to Occidental); of which approximately 69 percent are natural gas and 45 percent are developed.

In the Piceance basin in the first half of 2008, Occidental produced in excess of 50 million cubic feet a day. Occidental expects this to grow to at least 200 million cubic feet a day in 2010, including this acquisition. Occidental's net acreage position in the Piceance Basin now totals 129,000 acres.

In a transaction that was announced last year, Occidental acquired a 50-percent interest in these properties, and is purchasing the remainder in this transaction. Closing of this transaction is expected in the fourth quarter and is subject to government approvals.

About Oxy

Occidental Petroleum Corporation is an international oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Middle East/North Africa and Latin America regions. Oxy is the fourth largest U.S. oil and gas company, based on equity market capitalization. Oxy's wholly owned subsidiary, OxyChem, manufactures and markets chlor-alkali products and vinyls. Occidental is committed to safeguarding the environment, protecting the safety and health of employees and neighboring communities and upholding high standards of social responsibility in all of the company's worldwide operations.

Forward-Looking Statements

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