Current and planned future drilling activity includes the following. In Edge's Queen City trend in south Texas, three rigs are currently running and a total of eight to nine wells are expected to be drilled during the second quarter. Also in south Texas in the deep Frio trend, one well is currently drilling and one additional well is expected in the second quarter. In southeast New Mexico, two wells are currently drilling with one additional well planned in the second quarter. In the Mississippi Salt Basin, one well is currently drilling with logging expected late in the second or early in the third quarter. A total of 14 to 16 wells are expected to be drilled in the second quarter of 2006.
John O. Tugwell, Edge's Executive Vice President and COO, commented, "We have kept our drilling activity moving ahead at a rapid pace and have enjoyed good success in our activities. Our 4.3 Bcfe of production in the first quarter was a record for Edge and we are currently forecasting second quarter production to increase over the first quarter in line with our drilling activities, to another record amount in the range of 4.5 to 4.7 Bcfe. We have taken advantage of available rigs to accelerate our drilling plans both this quarter and the second quarter and have been able to reduce the overall cycle time to get our new wells on line. The majority of the wells drilled in the first quarter were proven undeveloped locations resulting in a transfer of those reserve volumes to the developed reserve category. We have three rigs running in our Queen City play and have just finished the acquisition of 23 square miles of new 3-D data in that play with plans to acquire more data as the year continues. In conjunction with this activity, we are continuing to add to our existing land position. Also, in south Texas the first of several planned wells is drilling at our Chapman Ranch acquisition in the deep Frio trend. We were able to accelerate our drilling plans in the Mississippi Salt Basin, where we are currently drilling our Patterson #2 deep Hosston well (Edge operated, 75% W.I.). We are continuing to add acreage around selected salt domes in this play along with evaluating new 3-D seismic data and beginning the acquisition of additional data. We are continuing to add to our undeveloped land position in the Floyd Shale play in Mississippi, with current net acreage totaling approximately 37,000 acres. Later in the year, we plan to participate with small working interests in two non-operated Fayetteville Shale wells. As a result, the second quarter is shaping up to be a potentially significant quarter for our operations this year."
Edge Petroleum Corporation is a Houston-based independent energy company that focuses its exploration, production and marketing activities in selected onshore basins of the United States. Edge common stock is listed on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol "EPEX".
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