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CONSOL Energy Announces Operational And Financial Update; Company Expects To Report A Third Quarter Loss Due To Combination Of Marketing And Operational Issues; Gas Division Reports Exploratory Success In Utica Shale

Marcellus Shale Dry Gas (CONSOL Energy-operated):

Central Pa. :  CONSOL Energy did not drill any horizontal wells in the Central Pa. Marcellus Shale, because the 2012 drilling program was completed in the second quarter.

Flowback operations were finished at the four-well Gaut 4 pad in Westmoreland County that was drilled during the first quarter of 2012 and completed during the second quarter. This pad had a total of 109 stages and lateral lengths ranging from 7,243' (24 stages) to 8,460' (29 stages).  At the tail end of the second quarter, the Gaut 4A was announced as CONSOL Energy's record producing well at a peak rate of 17.9 MMcfd.  That record was broken early in the third quarter by the Gaut 4D, which produced at a new CONSOL Energy record of 23.7 MMcfd.

Completion operations were finished late in the third quarter on the six-well DeArmitt 1 South pad.  A total of 145 stages were fractured on the pad that has completed lateral lengths ranging from 3,822' (1D, 12 stages) to CONSOL Energy's longest lateral of 8,305' (1F, 29 stages).  Flowback operations are underway at DeArmitt 1 South and production is expected to begin from the pad before the end of October with all six wells expected to be on line before the end of 2012.

The four-well Bowers 1 pad, where drilling was completed in the first quarter, is the first horizontal exploration drilling by CONSOL in Jefferson County. The centralized impoundment permit was received late in the third quarter and completion operations are anticipated to begin there before the end of 2012. 

Southwest Pa.: CONSOL Energy continues its full-scale development drilling within two new pads in Greene County. Drilling operations have finished at the seven-well NNV 38 pad with a maximum drilled lateral length of 7,000' and the eight-well NNV 41 pad with a maximum drilled lateral length of 7,200'.  Two rigs are currently drilling in North Nineveh at the six-well NNV 39 and the five-well NNV 42.  Completion operations are expected to commence at North Nineveh before the end of 2012.

During the third quarter, CONSOL drilled 12 wells, completed 12 wells, and brought 12 wells online at several pads in the Morris Field.  The three-well MOR 14 pad was brought into production during the third quarter with very strong results.  Initial 24-hour rates from all three wells ranged from 4.2 MMcfd from the MOR 14C (7 stages, 1,786' completed lateral) to 9.5 MMcfd from the MOR 14B (12 stages, 3,454' completed lateral).  Adjacent to the MOR 14, the six-well MOR 10 pad was completed during the quarter using a total of 100 frac stages.  All 6 wells were brought on to production during the quarter with results ranging from a peak of 8.4 MMcfd from the MOR 10B (14 stages, 3,266' completed lateral) to the new CONSOL Energy SWPA record daily peak rate of 15.3 MMcfd from the MOR 10D (21 stages, 6,116' completed lateral).  Lastly, the three-well MOR 17 pad was completed with a total of 20 stages. All three wells came on line with peak daily production rates ranging from 7.0 MMcd from the MOR 17A (6 stages, 2,211' completed lateral) to 8.0 MMcfd from the MOR 17B (6 stages, 2,566' completed lateral).

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