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Energen Unit Closes on Permian Basin Acquisition.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Energen Corporation (NYSE NYSE

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) today announced that its oil and gas acquisition and development subsidiary, Energen Resources Corporation Energen Resources Corporation is the largest subsidiary of Energen Corporation, a diversified energy company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. It is a growing oil and gas acquisition and development company that has approximately 1.  (ERC (database) ERC - An extended entity-relationship model. ), has closed on its previously announced purchase of Permian Basin The Permian Basin is a sedimentary basin largely contained in the western part of the U.S. state of Texas. It reaches from just south of Lubbock, Texas, to just south of Midland & Odessa, extending westward into the southeastern part of the adjacent state of New Mexico.  oil properties from a private company for $168 million (subject to closing and other miscellaneous adjustments). The effective date is November 1, 2005.

Approximately 80 percent of the 21.8 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE MMBOE Million Barrels of Oil Equivalent (energy and petroleum industry) ) proved reserves proved reserves

The quantity of minerals expected to be recoverable under current economic and operating conditions. The amount of proved reserves is important in valuing the stock of a company with significant holdings in natural resources.
 are undeveloped; in addition, ERC estimates that probable reserves total approximately 15 MMBOE. The combination of proved undeveloped and probable reserves is expected to generate a drilling inventory for the Company of approximately 470 wells over the next six years. More than 90 percent of the estimated proved and probable reserves are oil. Production is estimated to be 0.5 MMBOE in 2006 and is expected to triple over the next 5-6.

Assuming future development costs of approximately $145 million on proved reserves and $80 million on probable reserves, the all-in acquisition cost is $10.62 per barrel ($1.77 per thousand cubic feet equivalent).

The properties include the North Westbrook Unit in Mitchell County, Texas Mitchell County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2000, its population was 9,698. Its seat is Colorado City. The county is named for Asa Mitchell and Eli Mitchell, two early settlers and soldiers in the Texas Revolution. Geography
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, which is contiguous to ERC's waterflood operations in the Southeast Westbrook Unit. The Permian Basin in West Texas is the oldest producing oil basin in the United States and ERC's second largest area of operation.

In order to reduce its overall exposure to oil price volatility, Energen has entered hedge contracts to sell oil volumes comparable to approximately 85 percent of the acquisition's total estimated proved production (developed and undeveloped) for the years 2006 through 2009.

Energen utilized available cash and existing lines of credit to finance the acquisition and expects to repay short-term borrowings related to the acquisition during 2006.

Energen Corporation is a diversified energy holding company with headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama. Its two lines of business are the acquisition and development of natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids onshore in North America and natural gas distribution in central and north Alabama. Additional information on Energen is available at


This release contains statements expressing expectations of future plans, objectives and performance that constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Safe Harbor Safe Harbor

1. A legal provision to reduce or eliminate liability as long as good faith is demonstrated.

2. A form of shark repellent implemented by a target company acquiring a business that is so poorly regulated that the target itself is less attractive.
 provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PSLRA) implemented several significant substantive changes affecting certain cases brought under the federal securities laws, including changes related to pleading, discovery, liability, class representation and awards fees and  of 1995. Except as otherwise disclosed, the Company's forward-looking statements do not reflect the impact of possible or pending acquisitions, divestitures or restructurings. We undertake no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. All statements based on future expectations rather than on historical facts are forward-looking statements that are dependent on certain events, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. In addition, the Company cannot guarantee the absence of errors in input data, calculations and formulas used in its estimates, assumptions and forecasts. A discussion of risks and uncertainties, which could affect future results of Energen and its subsidiaries, is included in the Company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Date:Dec 15, 2005
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