HOUSTON, June 18 /CNW/ -- Gastar Exploration Ltd. (NYSE Amex: GST; TSX:
YGA) today announced that the aggregate rate of gas production from the
Bibblewindi multi-lateral production pilots in its coal seam gas project in
New South Wales, Australia has reached 250,000 standard cubic feet per day.
Water production continues at approximately 3,500 to 4,000 barrels per day.
Strong water flows, the precursor to strong gas flows, have confirmed the
anticipated widespread fracture network and high permeability of the Bohena
coal seam. Full scale dewatering from the six production wells commenced in
early May 2009. It is expected that gas production rates will continue to
climb over coming months as dewatering continues. Gastar holds a 35 percent
working interest in the project with the balance held by its joint development
operating partner, Eastern Star Gas (ASX:ESG and OTCQX: ESGLY).
J. Russell Porter, Gastar's President and Chief Executive Officer, said,
"The excellent early performance of this production pilot is confirming our
high expectations for the project. We believe this puts us on track to
achieve our reserves upgrade targets as well as move forward to project
commercialization and full-scale development.
"In addition, the multi-lateral drilling design is proving to be a
success and we are now confident that we can comfortably drill laterals of
over 1 km in length. We are also seeing clear pressure communication between
the lateral wells, which means the spacing between the laterals can be greatly
increased. We anticipate a spacing of up to 1 km will be achievable,
increasing the total quantity of gas that will be produced from each well and
materially reducing gas production costs.
"We are particularly pleased that gas production was immediate when
dewatering of the multi-lateral pilots commenced," added Mr. Porter. "This
confirms the Bohena coal seam is fully saturated and based on results we have
seen so far, we expect the gas content to be approximately 15 standard cubic
metres (530 standard cubic feet) per ton of coal."
About Gastar Exploration
Gastar Exploration Ltd. is an exploration and production company focused
on finding and developing natural gas assets in North America and Australia.
The Company pursues a strategy combining deep natural gas exploration and
development with lower risk CBM and shale resource development. The Company
owns and operates exploration and development acreage in the deep Bossier gas
play of East Texas and Marcellus Shale play in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Gastar's CBM activities are conducted within the Powder River Basin of
Wyoming and concentrated on more than 6 million gross acres controlled by
Gastar and its joint development partner in Australia's Gunnedah Basin (PEL
238, PEL 433 and PEL 434) located in New South Wales. For more information,
visit our web site at www.gastar.com.
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deemed forward-looking statements. Although Gastar believes that the
expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable,
these statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual future
activities and results to be materially different from those suggested or
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of natural gas and oil wells, including risks of fire, explosion, blowouts,
pipe failure, casing collapse, unusual or unexpected formation pressures,
environmental hazards, and other operating and production risks inherent in
the natural gas and oil drilling and production activities, which may
temporarily or permanently reduce production or cause initial production or
test results to not be indicative of future well performance or delay the
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delay or suspend planned drilling operations or reduce production levels, and
risks relating to the availability of capital to fund drilling operations that
can be adversely affected by adverse drilling results, production declines and
declines in natural gas and oil prices and other risk factors described in
Gastar's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other
filings with the SEC at www.sec.gov and on the System for Electronic Document
Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) at www.sedar.com.
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reflect estimates of recoverable reserves and by their nature are more
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