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U.S. Energy Corp. Provides Operational Update

/EIN News/ -- DENVER, Jan. 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- U.S. Energy Corp. (NASDAQCM: USEG) (“U.S. Energy” or the “Company”) today announced its continued participation in the horizontal drilling program on its existing acreage position targeting the development of the Georgetown formation in Zavala and Dimmit Counties, Texas. This will be the third and fourth participation wells for U.S. Energy in the development program.

South Texas Operations

U.S. Energy will participate in the upcoming Aaron #1 and J.J. #1 wells to be drilled across the Company’s acreage position in both Zavala and Dimmit Counties, Texas.  U.S. Energy’s working interest in each well is approximately 12.5% and 16.2%, respectively.  Both wells are expected to be drilled during the first quarter of 2019.  The Company expects to fund its portion of the drilling through cash on hand.

This will be U.S. Energy’s third and fourth wells to be drilled in the development program. Results have been in line with the most economic wells targeting the Georgetown formation currently drilled to date.

Well Name   USEG WI%     Initial 24-Hour Rate   30-Day Rate   90-Day Rate
                   
J.J.  #1H   16.2 %   -   -   -
                   
Aaron #1H   12.5 %   -   -   -
                   
J. Beeler #1H   30.0 %   1,424 boepd (87% oil)   820 boepd (85% oil)   -
                   
Beeler Ranch #1H   6.1 %   1,227 boepd (85% oil)   915 boepd (85% oil)   820 boepd (87% oil)
                   

North Dakota Operations

In McKenzie County, North Dakota, U.S. Energy will participate in the drilling of two upcoming wells, the Link 24-12-3H and the Link 24-12HU, on the Company’s existing acreage position. The expected gross drilling and completion cost of each well is approximately $7.1mm and will be operated by Whiting Petroleum.  U.S. Energy’s working interest in each well is approximately 3.1% and the Company expects to fund it portion of the drilling through cash on hand.  The well is scheduled to be drilled during the first quarter of 2019.  

Well Name   USEG WI%     Initial 24-Hour Rate   30-Day Rate   90-Day Rate
                   
Link 12-24HU   3.1 %   -   -   -
                   
Link 24-12-3H   3.1 %   -   -   -
                   

Management Comment

David Veltri, Chairman and CEO of U.S. Energy, stated, "We continue to be highly encouraged with the results from U.S. Energy's drilling participation program targeting the Georgetown formation in South Texas.  The program continues to generate highly attractive economics in the current commodity price environment.  Well results continue to confirm further development potential on the Company's surrounding acreage position where we expect up to three additional wells to be drilled at a significant working interest to U.S. Energy.  Separately, we also expect additional future production growth in North Dakota from operators on our existing acreage position. Operating partners of U.S. Energy have continued to positively increase Bakken economics by optimizing completions, leveraging already built infrastructure systems and reducing drilling days. As we enter 2019, U.S. Energy continues to focus on exploiting opportunities across our legacy acreage positions while pursuing acquisition opportunities that will provide an operated platform for capital efficient growth and enhanced shareholder value.”

About U.S. Energy Corp.

We are an independent energy company focused on the lease acquisition and development of oil and gas producing properties in the continental United States. Our business is currently focused in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and South Texas. We continue to focus on increasing production, reserves, and cash flow from operations while maintaining low levels of leverage.  More information about U.S. Energy Corp. can be found at www.usnrg.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Corporate Contact:

U.S. Energy Corp. 
Ryan Smith
Chief Financial Officer
(303) 993-3200
www.usnrg.com

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