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Newfield Wins Minerals Management Service SAFE Award

HOUSTON, April 25, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Newfield Exploration Company (NYSE: NFX) today won the National 2005 Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE) "High Activity Category" recognizing safe operations in the Outer Continental Shelf at the Minerals Management Service (MMS) Industry Awards Luncheon in Houston.

Acting Interior Secretary Lynn Scarlett and MMS Director Johnnie Burton presented the award to Gary Harrington, Health Safety and Environmental Manager of Newfield, who accepted the award on behalf of the Company.

"This is a great day for Newfield with the winning of this award for our operations in the Gulf," said David A. Trice, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newfield Exploration. "Although we have been finalists for this award four times over the last seven years, we have not won since 1997. I am very proud of our employees and contractors. The fact that they won this award for 2005, during the worst hurricane season the Gulf has experienced, is a remarkable achievement and testament to our operations personnel."

Since 1983, the MMS has been presenting the SAFE Awards, by districts and regions, as well as nationally. Potential SAFE Award winners at the national level are screened through a two-step process comprised of statistical analysis and in-depth meetings involving MMS Headquarters, Regional and District personnel to determine a company's overall performance on the Outer Continental Shelf.

For more information on Newfield's safety achievements, please visit the company's website at: http://www.newfield.com .

Newfield Exploration Company is an independent crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company relies on a proven growth strategy growing reserves through the drilling of a balanced risk/reward portfolio and select acquisitions. Newfield's domestic areas of operation include the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. onshore Gulf Coast, the Anadarko and Arkoma Basins of the Mid-Continent and the Uinta Basin of the Rocky Mountains. The Company has international exploration and development projects underway in Malaysia, the U.K. North Sea and China.

For information, contact:
     Investor Relations: Steve Campbell (281) 847-6081
     Media Relations: Keith Schmidt (281) 674-2650
     Email: info@newfield.com

SOURCE Newfield Exploration Company

investor relations, Steve Campbell, +1-281-847-6081, or media relations, Keith Schmidt, +1-281-674-2650, both of Newfield Exploration Company, info@newfield.com


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