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

Statoil reports fire at Ohio well pad now extinguished

Jun 30, 2014

A fire reported by Statoil ASA on June 28 at the company’s Eisenbarth well pad in Monroe County, Ohio, has been extinguished.

ICF: US needs ethane export capacity to sustain shale gas boom

Jun 25, 2014

Greater investment in infrastructure is needed to ensure that rising NGL production in the US can reach international markets. Without it, a glut will form, placing downward pressure on prices and eroding the economics of shale gas drilling.

Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count up to 1,858

Jun 20, 2014

The US drilling rig count gained 4 units to reach 1,858 rigs working during the week ended June 20, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

American Energy, EMG form midstream unit

Jun 18, 2014

American Energy Partners LP (AEP) and The Energy & Minerals Group (EMG) have formed American Energy–Midstream LLC (AE-MidCo) to focus on areas where affiliates of both companies have active upstream operations.

Williams to buy Access Midstream Partners

Jun 16, 2014

Williams, Tulsa, has agreed to acquire the 50% general partner interest it doesn’t now own in Access Midstream Partners LP, Oklahoma City, along with limited partnership units raising its stake to 50% from Global Infrastructures Partners II for $5.995 billion cash.

Mountain Valley pipeline project open season commences

Jun 12, 2014

EQT Corp. and NextEra US Gas Assets LLC, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc., have commenced with a nonbinding open season for the 2 bcfd Mountain Valley pipeline project expected to connect Marcellus and Utica natural gas supply to the US Southeast.

Noble, Consol to launch Marcellus midstream MLP

Jun 12, 2014

Noble Energy Inc., Houston, and Consol Energy Inc., Pittsburgh, have submitted a confidential draft registration statement on Form S-1 to the US Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of common units of a master limited partnership (MLP).

Marcellus continues to defy expectations, driving US gas production ever higher

Jun 10, 2014

Shale has been the primary driver of US gas supply growth since 2007, and the Marcellus shale has been the largest single contributor to rising production.

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.

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