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

Marcellus Briefs

Jun 10, 2014

McClendon’s American Energy units to acquire acreage in major US basins

Jun 9, 2014

American Energy–Permian Basin LLC (AEPB), American Energy–Utica LLC (AEU), and American Energy-Marcellus LLC (AEM), all affiliates of Oklahoma City-based American Energy Partners LP (AEP), have each signed agreements to acquire acreage in the Permian, Utica, and Marcellus basins, respectively, in deals totaling $4.25 billion.

Range Resources ups capital budget on positive Marcellus results

Jun 6, 2014

Range Resources Corp., Ft. Worth, reported it will increase its capital budget for 2014 by $220 million to $1.52 billion, citing positive results in the Marcellus shale as the reason.

NGSA: US gas prices to feel slight upward pressure this summer

Jun 5, 2014

US natural gas likely will feel modest upward pressure this summer from levels a year earlier when Henry Hub prices averaged $3.77/MMbtu, the Natural Gas Supply Association said in its 2014 Outlook for Summer Gas, released June 4.

Fractionation to be added to Pennsylvania complex

Jun 5, 2014

MarkWest Energy Partners LP, Denver, and Energy & Minerals Group (EMG), Houston, will add fractionation capacity at their Hopedale complex in Harrison County, Ohio, to handle increasing NGL production from the Utica and Marcellus shales “under newly contracted commitments from numerous producers,” the companies said.

More Pennsylvania Marcellus processing starts up

Jun 2, 2014

MarkWest Energy Partners LP, Denver, has begun operations at its 120-MMcfd Bluestone II cryogenic gas processing plant, its 20,000-b/d C2+ fractionator, and its 32-mile C2 pipeline connecting to Mariner West.

EIA: High value of liquids boosts wet gas production

May 8, 2014

Spurred by relatively high values of natural gas liquids (NGL), company interests have shifted from dry gas production to wet gas production, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s monthly gas liquids report.

More processing, pipelines on tap for US shale plays

May 7, 2014

Shale development in the US continues to spawn support infrastructure.

EIA: Marcellus gas production continues to outpace takeaway capacity

May 5, 2014

Rising production of natural gas in the Marcellus shale play in the Appalachian basin continues to outpace the growth in the region's pipeline takeaway capacity, which has led to supply backups in the region, the US Energy Information Administration reported in a weekly gas report.

Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count declines to 1,854

May 2, 2014

The US drilling rig count lost 7 units to settle at 1,854 rigs working during the week ended May 2, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Williams, Boardwalk suspend Bluegrass NGL pipeline spending

Apr 29, 2014

Williams Cos. Inc. and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP have suspended capital investment in their proposed Bluegrass NGL pipeline, primarily due to insufficient firm customer commitments. The companies continue to talk with potential customers regarding the scale and timing of demand for services and the firm contractual commitments needed to support any future investment.

EIA: Marcellus gas production continues to outpace takeaway capacity

Apr 25, 2014

Rising production of natural gas in the Marcellus shale play in the Appalachian basin continues to outpace the growth in the region’s pipeline takeaway capacity, which has led to supply backups in the region, the US Energy Information Administration reported in a weekly gas report.

Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count leaps to 1,861

Apr 25, 2014

The US drilling rig count jumped 30 units to reach a total of 1,861 rigs working during the week ended Apr. 25, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. The US now has 107 more rigs working compared with this week a year ago.

Watching Government: Marcellus shale impact surprises

Apr 21, 2014

Impacts of oil and gas development on nearby communities are getting more attention.

US gas reserve growth in 2013 was robust, AGA estimates

Apr 17, 2014

US natural gas producers added more than 35 tcf of reserves in 2013, the American Gas Association said in its latest annual preliminary estimate based on reported results by the 30 largest companies representing more than half of the total US production and reserves.

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