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Newfield Receives National Safety Award

HOUSTON, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Newfield Exploration Company (NYSE: NFX) announced the receipt of the 1997 National Safety Award for Excellence from the U.S. Department of Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) in the category of "Independent or Small Operator" for the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf. Newfield was nominated for the award as a result of receiving the MMS District SAFE Award for the Houma, Louisiana production district.

"Considering the large number of independents that operate in the Gulf of Mexico, it is a real honor to receive this award," commented Joe B. Foster, Newfield's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "It is also a high tribute to the Newfield employees and contractors who work hard every day to conduct safe and environmentally responsible operations in the Gulf of Mexico."

Newfield Exploration Company explores, develops and acquires oil and natural gas properties, primarily in the Gulf of Mexico. In the Gulf of Mexico, Newfield currently owns interests in more than 125 blocks, 99 oil and gas platforms and 118 pipelines and gathering lines. During 1997, Newfield was the 10th leading operator of production and the 9th most active driller on the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico.

    Newfield Exploration Company
    363 N. Sam Houston Parkway E., Suite 2020
    Houston, Texas 77060

Web site: http: //www.newfld.com
CONTACT: James P. Ulm, II of Newfield Exploration Company, 281-847-6000

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