APACHE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – (Continued) LNG Divestiture Dispute In respect of the purchase by Woodside of the Company’s interest in the Wheatstone and Kitimat LNG projects and accompanying upstream oil and gas reserves from the Company and its subsidiaries, the base purchase price is subject to adjustment in accordance with the terms of the applicable sale and purchase agreement. Woodside has notified the Company and its subsidiaries that it seeks purchase price adjustments in the net amounts of $175 million (for working capital adjustments), which the Company and its subsidiaries believe is time-barred, and $214 million (for all other adjustments). To the extent the parties are unable to resolve their differences, the disputes will be referred to an independent accounting expert and/or court proceedings for final determination under the terms of the applicable sale and purchase agreement. The Company believes that under the terms of the sale and purchase agreements, Woodside’s requests for payment of purchase price adjustments lack merit; therefore, the Company has not recorded a liability associated with this dispute. Contractual Obligations At December 31, 2015, contractual obligations for drilling rigs, purchase obligations, firm transportation agreements, and long-term operating leases are as follows: Net Minimum Commitments
2021 & Beyond
Drilling rig commitments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Purchase obligations(1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Firm transportation agreements . . . . . . . . . . . Office and related equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . Other operating lease obligations(2) . . . . . . . .
405 354 363 342 64
194 28 96 43 22
211 115 125 87 35
139 83 72 6
72 59 140 1
Total Net Minimum Commitments . . . . . . . .
Includes contractual obligations under take-or-pay contracts, NGL processing agreements, and drilling work program commitments.
Includes commitments associated with supply and standby vessels, and gas pipeline and land leases.
The table above includes leases for buildings, facilities, and related equipment with varying expiration dates through 2035. Net rental expense, excluding discontinued operations in Argentina and Australia, was $57 million, $45 million, and $40 million for 2015, 2014, and 2013, respectively. Costs incurred under take-or-pay and throughput obligations were $92 million, $89 million, and $72 million for 2015, 2014, and 2013, respectively. 9.
RETIREMENT AND DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLANS
Apache Corporation provides retirement benefits to its U.S. employees through the use of multiple plans: a 401(k) savings plan, a money purchase retirement plan, a non-qualified retirement/savings plan, and a nonqualified restorative retirement savings plan. The 401(k) savings plan provides participating employees the ability to elect to contribute up to 50 percent of eligible compensation, as defined, to the plan with the Company making matching contributions up to a maximum of 8 percent of each employee’s annual eligible compensation. In addition, the Company, at its discretion, annually contributes 6 percent of each participating employee’s annual eligible compensation to a money purchase retirement plan. The 401(k) savings plan and the money purchase retirement plan are subject to certain annually-adjusted, government-mandated restrictions that limit the amount of employee and Company contributions. For certain eligible employees, the Company also provides a non-qualified retirement/savings plan or a non-qualified restorative retirement savings plan. These plans allow F-36