Far East Energy Announces Spudding of 9 New Wells, 8 More Wells Reach Total Depth, 15 Wells Fraced, 29 Rigs Now in Field

Far East Energy Announces Spudding of 9 New Wells, 8 More Wells Reach Total
Depth, 15 Wells Fraced, 29 Rigs Now in Field

HOUSTON, July 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Far East Energy Corporation
(OTCBB:FEEC) today announced that 9 new wells have commenced drilling in the
21 days since the last 2013 drilling program update release issued on
Thursday, June 27, bringing to 52 the total number of wells spudded in 2013.
Additionally 8 more wells reached total depth, and 15 wells have now been
fraced as Far East approaches the halfway point in the first of its planned
2013 frac campaigns. Currently there are 29 rigs in the field.

CEO Michael R. McElwrath commented, "Twenty-nine rigs, several wells spudded
per week – this is a remarkable level of drilling activity. Three of the 8
wells that recently reached total depth did so within 12 days from their
commencement – very efficient indeed. And the real rewards come from fracing
and tying wells into the gathering system. The 15 fracs have gone off well,
and 5 wells are being tied into the gathering system now, with 6 more to be
tied in shortly. Another 20 wells are planned to be fraced in this campaign,
the first of at least two major frac campaigns planned for the year." 

Of the 52 wells commenced by FEEC in 2013, 25 are production wells and 20 of
those production wells have reached total depth, with 12 of those 20 having
been fraced as of July 17.Another well is scheduled to be fraced today.

McElwrath continued, "We are fracing at a rate of almost 1 well per day,
perhaps 3 wells every 4 days. We anticipate major increases in water
production as these fracs kick in, which should then be followed by gas when
sufficient de-pressuring has occurred.We look forward to results and will
discuss this in more detail as results become available.In the meantime, we
will continue our regular drilling and fracing updates; and again pay tribute
to the team in China for a truly outstanding field operations performance that
compares favorably to the best of CBM operations worldwide."

As previously announced, effective July 10, city gate gas prices in China
increased by an average of 15% across the country following action by the
National Development and Reform Commission, China's top policy-making body,
with analysts projecting that this will translate into an increase of
approximately 25% at the wellhead.

"The gas price increases, which analysts predict may result in an uptick of as
much as 25% in wellhead prices, combined with potential tripling of the CBM
subsidy from .2 RMB per cubic meter to .6 RMB per cubic meter, could translate
to a potential increase in the gas sales price of between 45% and 50% when
implemented. This and recent announcements underlining the industry's
continued strong interest in China's CBM assets put Far East in a solid
position as we continue executing the largest and most strategic drilling
program of the Company's history," said Jennifer Whitley, CFO of Far East.

Far East Energy Corporation

Based in Houston, Texas, with offices in Beijing, and Taiyuan City, China, Far
East Energy Corporation is focused on coalbed methane exploration and
development in China.

Statements contained in this press release that state the intentions, hopes,
estimates, beliefs, anticipations, expectations or predictions of the future
of Far East Energy Corporation and its management are forward-looking
statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as
amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
It is important to note that any such forward-looking statements are not
guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks and
uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in
such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to
differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements
include: the preliminary nature of well data, including permeability and gas
content; there can be no assurance as to the volume of gas that is ultimately
produced or sold from our wells; the fracture stimulation and drilling
programs may not be successful in increasing gas volumes; due to limitations
under Chinese law, we may have only limited rights to enforce the gas sales
agreement between Shanxi Province Guoxin Energy Development Group Limited and
China United Coalbed Methane Corporation, to which we are an express
beneficiary; additional wells may not be drilled, or if drilled may not be
timely; additional pipelines and gathering systems needed to transport our gas
may not be constructed, or if constructed may not be timely, or their routes
may differ from those anticipated; the pipeline and local
distribution/compressed natural gas companies may decline to purchase or take
our gas, or we may not be able to enforce our rights under definitive
agreements with pipelines; conflicts with coal mining operations or
coordination of our exploration and production activities with mining
activities could adversely impact or add significant costs to our operations;
our lack of operating history; limited and potentially inadequate management
of our cash resources; risk and uncertainties associated with exploration,
development and production of coalbed methane; our inability to extract or
sell all or a substantial portion of our reserves and other resources; we may
not satisfy requirements for listing our securities on a securities exchange;
expropriation and other risks associated with foreign operations; disruptions
in capital markets affecting fundraising; matters affecting the energy
industry generally; lack of availability of oil and gas field goods and
services; environmental risks; drilling and production risks; changes in laws
or regulations affecting our operations, as well as other risks described in
our Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and subsequent
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

CONTACT: Investor Relations - 281-606-1600
         Far East Energy Corporation

         Jennifer Whitley - 832-598-0470
         Far East Energy Corporation

         Catherine Gay - 832-598-0470
         Far East Energy Corporation

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