Pennsylvania Marcellus gas production doubles in 2012 to 6.3 Bcf/d
Washington (Platts)--20Feb2013/141 pm EST/1841 GMT
Natural gas production from Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale more than
doubled to 6.3 Bcf/d last year from 2011 despite a declining rig count in the
region, the state Department of Environmental Protection said late Tuesday.
The semi-annual production report, compiled from producers' reports,
only covers dry gas from unconventional wells; it does not include natural
gas liquids or condensate volumes.
Sequentially, the DEP data showed a 45% increase in gas production
between the first half of last year and the second half, to 6.3 Bcf/d.from
4.36 Bcf/d, as more wells were completed and other infrastructure came online.
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Producers during this period said they had backlogs of drilled wells
awaiting completion or delayed pipeline connections, indicating production
could have been even higher.
Even as output ballooned from 3.14 Bcf/d in 2011, however, producers
also began to drastically cut back on the number of drilling rigs in the play
amid continuing low gas prices. According to Baker Hughes, Pennsylvania has
lost 45 rigs between this and last February, to 65 from 100.
Four counties in northeast Pennsylvania -- Bradford, Susquehanna,
Lycoming and Tioga -- dominated Pennsylvania's dry gas production, accounting
for just over 4 Bcf/d of production.
In the wetter, southwestern portion of the state near Pittsburgh, Greene
County had the most production, at 600,000 Mcf/d.
Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy was the state's top producer -- by
a mile -- as its nearly 1.4 Bcf/d of production in the second half of last
year was more than double second-place Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas' roughly
Nonetheless, Cabot had the top three producing wells in the state for
the second half of 2012, according to DEP's data, all in Susquehanna County.
Its biggest well, the A. Heitzenroder 3 well in Springville Township,
Susquehanna County, produced 22,428 Mcf/d on average during the last half of
Cabot also had 11 of the state's top 25 wells, and four of the top five
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