SOURCE: High Plains Gas

February 17, 2011 10:32 ET

High Plains Gas Announces New Methane Gas Compressor Station

GILLETTE, WY--(Marketwire - February 17, 2011) -  High Plains Gas, Inc. (OTCBB: HPGS) ("HPG" or "the Company"), a Gillette, Wyoming-based energy company actively engaged in the acquisition, development and production of natural gas primarily in the Powder River Basin, today announced the setting of a new compressor station located on the South East Kingsbury methane gas field.

The methane gas field has been refitted with a 150 HP electric screw compressor and a 30 HP electric screw compressor. At the same time, Optigas is prepping their compressor to receive gas from the South East Kingsbury POD.

"It is expected that this rework will add somewhere between 800-1,000 Mcf/d (thousand cubic feet per day) to our total daily methane gas production by the end of this month," stated Greg Greenough, VP of Operations for High Plains Gas.

ABOUT HIGH PLAINS GAS

High Plains Gas, Inc. is a Gillette, Wyoming-based energy company actively engaged in the acquisition, development and production of natural gas primarily in the Powder River Basin. Through its wholly-owned subsidiary CEP - M Purchase LLC, the Company owns the former Marathon "North & South Fairway" assets. These assets consist of 1,614 Coal Bed Methane Wells with associated flow lines and over 155, 000 net acres. This combined with the company's existing 92 natural gas wells gives the company a strong foundation in the natural gas industry. High Plains Gas will pursue expansion opportunities for the profitable production and transmission of natural gas. High Plains Gas believes it has unique expertise and experience in the refurbishment and reactivation of wells that produce natural gas from coal bed methane formations that helps position it strategically in the Powder River Basin.

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