Apache Corp. is targeting rich gas and NGL at its Alpine High development in the Permian’s Delaware Basin as the company cuts overall spending and works to grow production this year with fewer rigs in the U.S.

The Houston-based company said it plans to focus on multiwell pad development at Alpine High, drilling 85 wells mainly in the Northern Flank of the field, this year compared to 55 in the Midland Basin and 42 in other parts of the Delaware. But Apache will do so with fewer rigs as it maintains fiscal discipline amid market uncertainty.

Several companies operating in U.S. shale plays have said they plan to run fewer rigs in 2019 partly due to forecasts for lower oil and gas prices.

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