Trans Energy, Inc. Provides Operations Update 1st Quarter 2013 Marcellus Production Up 78.7%

Natural Gas Hedges In Place

ST. MARYS, W.Va, May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Trans Energy, Inc. (OTCQB: TENG), a pure play Marcellus Shale exploration and production company, today provided an operations update on the company's activities.

Summary Highlights

  • Generated a 79% increase in first quarter production to 850,938 Mcfe compared to the year ago quarter
  • Two rigs currently drilling company wells in Marion and Marshall Counties
  • Horizontal Marcellus production back online – Williams has now resolved issues that led to the shut in of some wells beginning in March of 2013
  • Hedged 85% of existing PDP volumes (on an MMBtu basis) from its expected natural gas sales from June 2013 through April 2015, using costless collars with floors of $4.00 / MMBtu and ceilings of $4.28 / MMBtu

First Quarter Production Volumes
Trans Energy posted a substantial increase in net production volumes from its Marcellus wells for the first quarter of 2013, compared to the comparable period a year earlier. The production volumes shown below exclude results from the company's shallow wells, which were sold in a transaction that closed on January 24, 2013, as was previously announced.










Three Months Ended March 31,


Increase /


Percent


2013


2012


(Decrease)


Change

Natural Gas (Mcf)

699,816


391,938


307,878


78.6%

Oil Sales (Bbls)

543


674


(131)


(19.5%)

NGL (Gallons)

1,035,062


561,572


473,490


84.3%

Mcfe

850,938


476,207


374,732


78.7%









Natural Gas $/Mcf

$3.97


$3.44


$0.53


15.4%

Oil Sales $/Bbl

$83.22


$88.47


($5.25)


(5.9%)

NGL $/Gallon

$0.67


$1.84


($1.17)


(63.6%)

$/Mcfe

$4.14


$5.13


($0.98)


(19.2%)









Natural Gas Sales

$2,780,215


$1,350,032


$1,430,183


105.9%

Oil Sales

45,170


59,634


($14,464)


(24.3%)

NGL Sales

698,488


1,031,360


($332,872)


(32.3%)

Total Product Sales

$3,523,873


$2,441,027


$1,082,846


44.4%

The main factor that drove increased net production volumes during the first quarter of 2013 is the fact that Trans Energy grew the number of net horizontal Marcellus wells to 6.2 wells in the quarter from 3.6 net horizontal Marcellus wells in the year ago period. Trans Energy's Dewhurst 110H and 111H wells and Anderson 5H and 7H wells were brought online in September 2012, and the two Doman wells were brought online in January 2013.  Enhanced completion techniques further drove production volumes, as these new wells posted 30 day initial production rates that averaged 7,449 Mcfe/d, representing an increase of more than 70% compared to the 30-day IP rates of the company's previous nine horizontal Marcellus wells. After adjusting for the increase in average lateral length of the wells in the 2012 drilling program, the 30-day IP rates of these six wells represent an increase of 57% compared to the adjusted 30-day IP rates of the previous nine horizontal Marcellus wells. The initial EURs per 1,000 feet of lateral that have been assigned by the company's independent engineers average more than  2.2 Bcfe on these last six wells, compared to approximately 1.9 Bcfe on wells that were drilled previously.

John Corp, President of Trans Energy, commented, "We stepped up our capital spending program during 2012, and the results for this quarter show that we were effective at putting the previous round of financing to work. We've continued to enhance our drilling techniques, and we are already getting better production and reserves as a result. The highly successful wells from our 2012 program enabled us to increase production by more than 75% on an Mcfe basis, even with some wells being shut in during the quarter due to issues on the Williams pipeline. With those issues now resolved, and an additional $25 million from our lender to finance our share of the 2013 program, we are putting that money in the ground as quickly as we can, so as to position ourselves to report strong production growth once again as the next crop of wells comes online later this year and into early 2014."

Wells Status Update
Trans Energy currently has two rigs running. The first rig spud the Freeland 1H in early March and upon completion of that well it will move over to the Freeland 2H, which is located on the same pad in Marion County. The second rig spud the Goshorn 3H in early April and will move over to the Goshorn 4H in Marshall County, once complete. At that point, the rig is expected to move to the Graff pad in Tyler County to complete two wells there. The company expects to stimulate the two wells on each of the Freeland, Goshorn and Graff pads simultaneously. These wells are also being drilled on 500 foot spacing, whereas all of the company's previous wells have been drilled on spacing of 750 feet or greater.

Initial well log results on the Freeland wells suggest that the Marcellus formation is thicker in this area than in the company's leasehold in Wetzel or Marshall Counties. The Goshorn 3H and 4H represent the third and fourth wells to be drilled on the Goshorn pad, but will be the first to be fractured simultaneously. As detailed in the following table, the company has plans to complete and bring into sales eight wells during this calendar year:

Name


Spud Date


Completion Date


1st Sales Date

Martinez 1H


June 2012


April 2013


July 2013

Freeland 1H


March 2013


June 2013


October 2013

Freeland 2H


May 2013


June 2013


October 2013

Goshorn 3H


April 2013


July 2013


November 2013

Goshorn 4H


May 2013


July 2013


November 2013

Graff 1H


June 2013


August 2013


December 2013

Graff 2H


July 2013


August 2013


December 2013

Beatty 1H


June 2013


August 2013


November 2013








Note: All dates shown above that occur after the date of this press release are estimates 

based on information currently available; Actual dates for the events shown above may

differ from those currently estimated.

As mentioned above, several of the company's wells experienced periods when they were shut in during the quarter due to operational issues with the Williams pipeline in Marshall and Wetzel Counties. Heavier than anticipated liquid volumes on the pipeline prompted Williams to require the company to curtail production from its Wetzel County wells beginning in March of 2013. Additionally, beginning in late March, 2013, Williams forced the company to shut in production from its Wetzel wells completely due to a pipeline rupture in Marshall County. This rupture also forced the shut in of several other company wells in Marshall County. As of May 27th, these issues have been resolved and the company has been allowed to bring all of its wells back online.

Drillable Inventory
Corp continued, "Our focused drilling program has demonstrated strong results across our acreage position in Marshall and Wetzel counties, and we plan to continue that success later this year in Marion and Tyler counties.  However, as many of you know, West Virginia is a state that does not have "forced pooling."  Therefore, we view our drillable inventory different than other oil and natural gas companies." 

"We first map the wellbores that can be drilled across our company's leasehold.  We then choose to report our inventory of wells only when we believe that we hold title to 100% of the acreage that would be required to apply for the permit to drill the well.  We further take into account the topography as well as any issues related to coal mines when we map the actual locations for proposed wells." 

"The net result is that when we talk about drillable locations at Trans Energy, we are talking about wells that are one hundred percent ready to drill with the issuance of a required permit.  Based on 750 acre spacing, we have 188 drillable locations.  When you downspace to 500 acre spacing that number increases to 285 ready to drill locations. Our inventory of "potential" wellbores – a term used more often by others in the industry – would be significantly higher at both 750 foot and 500 foot spacing." 

"Below is a list that incorporates the title and topography issues mentioned above. The list also incorporates only those wells that have lateral lengths over 3,000 feet, with a minimum of two such wells for each pad site.".


Drillable, Pending Application for and Receipt of Permits


750 Foot Spacing


500 Foot Spacing


Wells


Lateral Ft.


Wells


Lateral Ft.

Marion

19


98,531


28


129,590

Marshall

48


206,378


71


298,371

Tyler

36


166,168


58


256,820

Wetzel

85


473,605


128


656,617

Total

188


944,682


285


1,341,398

Hedging Update
On May 9th, the company's subsidiary, American Shale Development, entered into costless collars covering approximately 85% of its expected natural gas production from wells that were considered PDP as of that date. Neither oil nor natural gas liquids have been hedged, but the BTU associated with the company's ethane production was essentially hedged, since it is sold as part of the natural gas stream. The costless collars consist of long put options with a strike price of $4.00 per MMBtu and offsetting short calls with a strike price of $4.28 per MMBtu. The aforementioned volumes are hedged beginning with the June 2013 contract and ending with the April 2015 contract, as shown in the table below:

Month


Volume (MMBtu)

June 2013


207,060

July 2013


196,915

August 2013


188,204

September 2013


180,595

October 2013


173,857

November 2013


167,825

December 2013


162,379

January 2014


157,421

February 2014


152,881

March 2014


148,699

April 2014


144,827

May 2014


141,230

June 2014


137,873

July 2014


134,730

August 2014


131,779

September 2014


129,000

October 2014


126,376

November 2014


123,893

December 2014


121,539

January 2015


119,302

February 2015


117,173

March 2015


115,144

April 2015


113,206

Additional information regarding Trans Energy, including maps, investor presentations, news releases and videos can be found at the Company's website www.transenergyinc.com.  Trans Energy will regularly update information on the website to provide investors with the most up to date information on the Company and its operations.  

About Trans Energy, Inc.

Trans Energy, Inc. (OTCQB: TENG) is a pure play Marcellus Shale oil and gas exploration and development company, headquartered in the Appalachian Basin.  Further information can be found on the Company's website at www.transenergyinc.com.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 - Forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of future performance.  Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those anticipated.  Forward-looking statements in this document include statements regarding the Company's exploration, drilling and development plans, the Company's expectations regarding the timing and success of such programs.  Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, fluctuations in the prices of oil and gas, uncertainties inherent in estimating quantities of oil and gas reserves and projecting future rates of production and timing of development activities, competition, operating risks, acquisition risks, liquidity and capital requirements, the effects of governmental regulation, adverse changes in the market for the Company's oil and gas production, dependence upon third-party vendors, and other risks detailed in the Company's periodic report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  For a more detailed discussion of the risks and uncertainties of our business, please refer to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.

Company contact:
John G. Corp
304-684-7053
www.transenergyinc.com

SOURCE Trans Energy, Inc.



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