Fellow Fool David Lee Smith was spot-on earlier this month when he pointed out the bright future for Apache
Many investors wondered at the strategy when Apache announced last year that it was picking up ExxonMobil's
The company's B72 well in the Beryl field is flowing at the highest rate of any well in that field since 2001, producing 11,625 barrels of oil and 13.1 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. The results bode well for the future of the field, which Apache operates. The company holds a 50% stake, while partners Hess
Apache has a 13% stake in the Western Australia Wheatstone LNG project operated by Chevron
Including this deal, the Wheatstone LNG partnership has secured long-term commitments for 80% of its planned production. The project is expected to come online in 2016.
There is a lot of good news coming out of the Apache camp of late, including record production and lucrative acquisitions, but the mid-major exploration and production company needs help to keep up its success. Oil-field service companies, like the one Fool analysts have dubbed "The Only Energy Stock You'll Ever Need," will be in high demand as oil and gas companies like Apache strive to ramp up production.