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Pioneer Announces First Production from Tomahawk and Raptor Fields in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 18, 2004--Pioneer Natural Resources Company ("Pioneer") (NYSE:PXD) today announced that its Tomahawk and Raptor fields in the western deepwater Gulf of Mexico began producing June 16, 2004. Pioneer developed the two discovery wells as subsea tie-backs to the Company's Falcon field facilities and established a new record for deepwater Gulf of Mexico operations completing development of the fields in ten months. Pioneer holds a 100% working interest and operates all four fields in the Falcon Corridor which are currently producing approximately 350 million cubic feet of gas and 1,000 barrels of condensate per day.

Tomahawk (East Breaks Block 623) and Raptor (East Breaks Block 668) are located 1.4 miles and 5.5 miles, respectively, from the Falcon subsea manifold in water depths ranging from 3,600 to 3,700 feet. The wells produce into a dual flowline system connecting the Falcon manifold to the Falcon Nest processing platform located 32 miles to the north on the Gulf of Mexico shelf. Falcon Nest is owned and operated by GulfTerra Energy Partners, L.P.

Scott D. Sheffield, Pioneer's Chairman and CEO, stated, "In just over three years, Pioneer has discovered and initiated production from four deepwater fields in the Falcon Corridor achieving tremendous returns. The Falcon field began production in March 2003, and the cost of its development was recovered through net cash flow from the field in March 2004. The Harrier field began production in February 2004 and paid out within 4 months in May 2004. We expect similar results with Tomahawk and Raptor and look forward to testing additional prospects with subsea tie-back potential in our exploration program planned for the second half of this year."

Pioneer is a large independent oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Canada, Argentina, South Africa, Gabon and Tunisia. Pioneer's headquarters are in Dallas. For more information, visit Pioneer's website at

Except for historical information contained herein, the statements in this Document are forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements and the business prospects of Pioneer Natural Resources Company are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause Pioneer's actual results in future periods to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, volatility of oil and gas prices, product supply and demand, competition, government regulation or action, foreign currency valuation changes, foreign government tax and regulation changes, litigation, the costs and results of drilling and operations, Pioneer's ability to replace reserves, implement its business plans, or complete its development projects as scheduled, access to and cost of capital, uncertainties about estimates of reserves, quality of technical data, environmental and weather risks, acts of war or terrorism. These and other risks are described in Pioneer's 10-K and 10-Q Reports and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    CONTACT: Pioneer Natural Resources Company, Dallas
             Susan Spratlen, 972-444-9001
    SOURCE: Pioneer Natural Resources Company

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