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.

Marcellus

Marcellus Shale News

MarkWest starts Marcellus, Utica cryo plants

Nov 8, 2013

MarkWest Energy Partners LP, Denver, has begun operations at two new cryogenic gas processing plants serving shale production in the Marcellus and Utica plays in West Virginia and Ohio.

Processing agreements will bring Marcellus complex to 1 bcfd

Nov 7, 2013

Processing agreements between MarkWest Energy Partners LP and producer Antero Resources, both of Denver, will underpin construction of a fifth 200-MMcfd cryogenic gas plant at MarkWest’s Sherwood complex in Doddridge County, W.Va., the companies reported.

NiSource launches open season for Marcellus-Alberta diluent pipeline

Nov 4, 2013

Unity Pipeline Co. LLC—a joint venture of Harvest Pipeline Co., Somerset Gas Transmission Co. LLC, and Crossroads Pipeline Co.—part of NiSource’s Columbia Pipeline Group, has begun a two-phase open season for a proposed 380-mile diluent pipeline supplying Marcellus and Utica shale light condensate and natural gasoline to Western Canada.

TGP upgrade boosts Marcellus gas transport

Nov 1, 2013

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP, on Nov. 1 placed in service the fully subscribed Northeast Upgrade Project (NEUP), boosting capacity on its 300 Line system in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by 636 MMcfd of natural gas and providing additional takeaway capacity from the Marcellus shale area.

Marcellus Shale Coalition names new president

Oct 22, 2013

The Marcellus Shale Coalition has named David Spigelmyer as the organization’s president.

National Fuel touts Marcellus, Utica completions

Oct 22, 2013

National Fuel Gas Co., a subsidiary of Seneca Resources Corp., Williamsville, NY, said it produced 120.7 bcf of gas equivalent in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 45% more than the previous fiscal year, and that its proved gas and oil reserves are up 24% to a record 1,549 bcf of gas equivalent.

Regency Energy to buy PVR in $5.6 billion deal

Oct 10, 2013

Dallas-based Regency Energy Partners LP and PVR Partners LP reported that their respective boards have approved a definitive merger agreement in which Regency will acquire PVR for $5.6 billion, which includes the assumption of $1.8 billion of net debt.

INGAA’s incoming chairman lists main 2013-14 priorities

Oct 10, 2013

Finding innovative ways to increase pipeline access to new tight gas deposits, further improving pipeline safety and integrity, and working to advance gas and electric integration will be three of the top 2013-14 priorities for US interstate natural gas pipeline operators, the incoming chairman of their national trade association said on Oct. 9.

NETL: Cleaning flowback water for reuse yields multiple benefits

Oct 1, 2013

The contribution to the US energy supply from unconventional natural gas sources, such as shale, is increasing dramatically due in large part to advanced hydraulic fracturing.

First commercial North American GTL plant planned

Sep 27, 2013

What may be the first commercial small-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in North America has been announced by Pinto Energy LLC, Houston, to be built near Ashtabula, Ohio, on Lake Erie, northeast of Cleveland.

Spectra Energy to add up to 7.3-bcfd pipeline capacity by 2017

Sep 26, 2013

Spectra Energy has more than 3.3 bcfd of US natural gas pipeline expansions under way, with another 4 bcfd of capacity in development.

PwC US: Eagle Ford, Marcellus most active shale plays for 2Q M&A

Aug 7, 2013

Transactions involving unconventional oil and gas assets remained a key driver for deal activity in the second quarter, and midstream shale assets values beat upstream shale deal total for a second consecutive quarter, PwC reported in an analysis of industry’s merger and acquisition activity.

WoodMac: US unconventional plays will help reduce imports from abroad

Jul 31, 2013

Unconventional oil and gas plays will continue to drive US and Canadian production for years, with the Bakken formation in North Dakota and Montana along with the South Texas Eagle Ford shale play accounting for much of the tight oil production increase, said analysts with Wood Mackenzie Ltd.

NETL continues fracturing study; report due by yearend

Jul 22, 2013

A US Department of Energy study continues to monitor for any signs of groundwater contamination stemming from hydraulic fracturing on the Marcellus shale formation in Pennsylvania, but it’s too early to draw any conclusion, the National Energy Technology Laboratory said in a July 19 statement.

Corbett asks commission to lift moratorium on gas drilling

Jul 11, 2013

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has asked the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to remove a 3-year moratorium on natural gas drilling from the Marcellus shale.

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