Producing

Coastal Avoids Slump, Posts 11% Earnings Growth

During the first quarter, Coastal Corp. continued to avoid themarket slump that has plagued the producing community, posting an11% increase in earnings to $134.5 million, or 62 cents per share,which was slightly better than the 60 cents/share that Wall Streetexpected. In 1Q98, the company earned $122.9 million, or 55 centsper share, but booked a $1.9 million loss related to an asset sale.

April 23, 1999

Pogo Cuts Back While Wading Deeper Into The Gulf

Although like the rest of the industry, Houston-based PogoProducing Co. has been wrangling with super soft commodity prices,the company is wading deeper into the Gulf of Mexico with a focuson future growth.

April 12, 1999

Kansas Eyeing Gas Choice for All Customers

Kansas, a significant natural gas producing state, is stickingits toes in the water of retail gas competition with a notice ofinquiry (NOI) from the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC), “thegoal of which is to explore whether extending restructuring to allretail consumers is in the public interest. We also wish to exploreother regulatory alternatives which may bring benefits to smallerretail gas consumers.”

March 22, 1999

Kansas Eyeing Gas Choice for All Customers

Producing state Kansas is sticking its toes in the water ofretail gas competition with a notice of inquiry (NOI) from theKansas Corporation Commission (KCC), “the goal of which is toexplore whether extending restructuring to all retail consumers isin the public interest. We also wish to explore other regulatoryalternatives which may bring benefits to smaller retail gasconsumers.”

March 19, 1999

Analysts See Spring Price Plunge Followed by Major Winter Spikes

With weather forecasts producing bearish news at every turn andnational storage reserves looming ever larger, Raymond James &ampAssociates recently published a report projecting spot wellhead gasprices will drop below the $1.50/Mcf level before the beginning ofsummer. The study, however, also warns of a gas “price shock” inearly 2000, when gas shortages run rampant and production is unableto keep up because of sharp declines in exploration and productionspending. It seems the industry is in store for a spot marketroller coaster ride.

February 15, 1999

Studies See Super-Low Prices, Followed by Spikes

With weather forecasts producing bearish news at every turn andthe national storage reserves looming ever larger, Raymond James& Associates recently published a report projecting spotwellhead gas prices to drop below the $1.50/Mcf level before thebeginning of summer. The study gives the correlation between gasprices and storage levels, the onslaught of gas production, and theeffects of a third warm winter as reasons for its forecast. Thestudy also warns of a gas “price shock” in early 2000, when gasshortages run rampant and production is unable to keep up.

February 10, 1999

ARCO, Chevron Combine Permian Basin Assets

A deal to joint venture the Permian Basin oil and gas producingassets of ARCO Permian, an ARCO subsidiary, and Chevron USAProduction will save the companies money and serve as a platformfor the addition of other Permian interests.

February 3, 1999

Columbia’s Choice Program Producing 10% Savings

Columbia Gas of Ohio said customers participating in itscustomer choice program have saved $11.8 million-an average ofabout 10% off monthly gas bills-since Columbia introduced theprogram in the Toledo area in April 1997 and expanded it to allcustomers last August. Customers have saved nearly $3 million sincethe expansion.

December 9, 1998

NOPR Could Cost Producers, IPAA Says

The natural gas producing segment will lose $200 millionannually for every penny increase in transportation costs that’srealized from the lighter handed regulatory initiatives – such asnegotiated terms and conditions and capacity auctioning – proposedby FERC, an official with a leading independent producer groupprojected.

November 24, 1998

Western Unloads East Texas Gathering, Producing Assets

Western Gas Resources said Friday it sold its Edgewood gasgathering system and related facilities to Dynegy Inc. for $6.1million, and sold production assets upstream of Edgewood and a 50%joint venture interest in Redman Smackover production project inEast Texas to Vintage Petroleum for $49.7 million. The proceedsfrom the two separate transactions total $55.8 million and Westernsaid it expects to recognize a pre-tax gain of $1 million from thesales in the fourth quarter of 1998. Both transactions closed Oct.29 with effective dates of July 1, 1998 and Nov. 1, 1998,respectively.

November 2, 1998