Marcellus

Marcellus Shale ImageThe Marcellus shale play runs through northern Appalachia, primarily in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, and Ohio. It is part of the Devonian black shale and the thickness of the gas-producing rock is as much as 900 feet. The formation runs an estimated 600 miles north to south, and is estimated to hold as much as 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, about 50 tcf of which is recoverable using current technology. It is one of the richest gas fields in North America.

The proximity to customers in Eastern urban centers is what makes the Marcellus so desirable. Fort Worth-based Range Resources was one of the early players in the Marcellus and still has a huge position in the play. Norway’s Statoil has signed a joint venture with Chesapeake Energy to work together in the Marcellus, and other US and foreign companies also are involved in drilling and infrastructure development.

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Marcellus Shale News

Mountaineer Keystone adds Marcellus assets

Oct 15, 2014

Mountaineer Keystone Energy LLC, Pittsburgh, has completed the acquisition of equity interests in PDC Mountaineer LLC, a 50-50 joint venture PDC Energy Inc. and Lime Rock Partners LLC with interests in the Marcellus shale, for a total of $500 million.

EIA: US industrial gas demand to rise 4% in 2015

Oct 3, 2014

Relatively low prices of natural gas have contributed to steady increases in US industrial gas consumption since 2009, especially as a feedstock for chemical production.

Chief operating officer named for American Energy units

Sep 29, 2014

American Energy Partners LP, Oklahoma City, has appointed John K. Reinhart as the chief operating officer of affiliates American Energy–Utica LLC (AEU) and American Energy–Marcellus LLC (AEM).

Watching Government: Smaller study, big early findings

Sep 29, 2014

It may not have had the snap and sizzle of a study the National Academy of Sciences released the same day, but a report the US Department of Energy unveiled on Sept. 15 also put to rest concerns about natural gas from deep hydraulically fractured wells migrating upward into drinking water supplies.

Shell completes Marcellus, Utica acquisition

Sep 26, 2014

Royal Dutch Shell PLC has completed a previously reported deal in which it acquires 155,000 net acres in the Marcellus and Utica areas of Pennsylvania and receives a cash payment of $925 million from Ultra Petroleum Corp., Houston, in exchange for Shell’s 19,000 net acres of leasehold interest in the Pinedale of Wyoming, including associated gathering and processing contracts.

Study finds bad well construction, not fracing, fouled water wells

Sep 22, 2014

Fugitive methane found in water wells above the Marcellus and Barnett shales came from poor well construction, not hydraulic fracturing, a study the National Academy of Sciences released on Sept. 15 concluded.

Study finds bad well construction, not fracing, fouled water wells

Sep 16, 2014

Fugitive methane found in water wells above the Marcellus and Barnett shales came from poor well construction, not hydraulic fracturing, a study the National Academy of Sciences released on Sept. 15 concluded.

Uneven effects seen from new Appalachian pipelines

Sep 15, 2014

Producers in the Appalachian basin will benefit unevenly from markets opening for natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shales, according to a Canaccord Genuity analyst.

Freeport LNG supply header, compression trains advance

Sep 11, 2014

Gulf South Pipeline Co. LP, a subsidiary of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP has reached 20-year firm precedent agreements with foundation shippers to transport about 1.4 bcfd of natural gas on its Coastal Bend Header for the first two trains of Freeport LNG Development LP’s planned liquefaction plant, near Freeport, Tex.

Williams holding open season on Western Marcellus Transco expansion

Sep 5, 2014

Williams is holding an open season for its Western Marcellus Pipeline Project, an expansion of the Transco interstate pipeline to provide incremental firm natural gas transportation to growing markets in the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern US by late 2018.

EQT, NextEra to build Marcellus-Utica gas pipeline

Sep 3, 2014

EQT Corp. and NextEra US Gas Assets LLC, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc., have formed a joint venture, Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, to build and own the 330-mile Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline. The joint venture also launched a binding open season for shipment on the 2-bcfd system.

Dominion heads 1.5-bcfd Atlantic Coast gas pipeline joint venture

Sep 2, 2014

Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, and AGL Resources have formed a joint venture to build and own the proposed 1.5-bcfd Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The 550-mile natural gas pipeline would move Marcellus and Utica shale gas from Harrison County, W.Va., southeast through Virginia, with an extension to Chesapeake, Va., and then south through central North Carolina to Robeson County.

BHI: US rig count recoups last week’s losses, jumps to 1,914

Aug 29, 2014

The US drilling rig count jumped 18 units to reach 1,914 rigs working, gaining back the 17 units it lost last week plus one, during the week ended Aug. 29, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

MarkWest to expand processing, fractionation in Pennsylvania

Aug 26, 2014

MarkWest Energy Partners LP, Denver, will expand midstream infrastructure at its Keystone complex in Butler County, Pa., the company said, to handle growing rich-gas production from the Marcellus shale and Upper Devonian formations.

BHI: US rig count continues rise, reaches 1,913

Aug 15, 2014

The US drilling rig count gained 5 units to reach 1,913 rigs working during the week ended Aug. 15, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

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