Far East Energy Corp.n (OTC: FEEC), operator of the Shouyang Block coalbed methane (CBM) production sharing contract (PSC) in Shanxi Province, People's Republic of China, has announced that an additional 21 wells have been commenced since July 31, bringing to 74 the total number of wells spudded in 2013. Additionally, 32 additional wells have been fraced since July 31, bringing to 58 the number of wells fraced in 2013. Of the 74 wells that have been spudded thus far in the 2013 drilling program, 47 are new production wells in the core 1H Production Area, and 27 are appraisal wells which have confirmed the lateral extension of the high-permeability and high gas content #15 coal seam across the Shouyang Block.

More importantly, in terms of making progress towards significant gas production from Shouyang, as of October 29, of the 58 wells fraced this year, 51 have been production wells in the 1H Production Area, including 28 fraced since the end of July 2013.  In addition, seven appraisal wells have been fraced this year, including four since July 31. Twelve further wells are scheduled to be fraced over the next two to three weeks, 10 of which are production wells.

Commenting, CEO Michael McElwrath said, "The 2013 drilling program has already more than doubled that of any prior year in terms of wells spudded and will soon more than double the number of production wells fraced in any previous year. But the true measure lies in water produced as we strive to reach critical desorption pressure (CDP) across a broad area thereby achieving a meaningful gas saturation and attendant gas production. And since mid-June when the first new wells began pumping, water production in the 1H Production Area has increased by 80 to 85% while the number of wells on pump to date has increased by approximately 30% and CDP is now beginning to be achieved in a number of discrete areas."    

Far East Energy is based in Houston with offices in Beijing and Taiyuan City, China.