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

Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count drops to 1,768

Dec 20, 2013

The US drilling rig count relinquished 14 units to settle at 1,768 rigs working in the week ended Dec. 20, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Utica, Marcellus prompt more Gulf Coast NGL capacity

Dec 20, 2013

Production in the Utica and Marcellus shales is prompting more NGL handling and fractionation capacity on the Texas Gulf Coast.

KMEP reports successful TGP open season

Dec 17, 2013

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. LLC (TGP) has completed a successful open season for 500,000 dth/day of incremental, north-to-south natural gas transportation capacity on the TGP system.

MARCELLUS Briefs

Dec 13, 2013

New York, New Jersey see more Marcellus supply

Dec 13, 2013

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) October Drilling Productivity Report showed a projected productivity increase of 160 Mcfd per rig in the Marcellus shale in November versus October.

EPP begins Appalachia-to-Texas ethane line fill

Dec 6, 2013

Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPP) began injecting ethane into the Appalachia-to-Texas Express (ATEX) pipeline in late November and will continue through this month.

KMEP, MarkWest launch open season for Utica, Marcellus NGL

Nov 11, 2013

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (KMEP) and MarkWest Utica EMG LLC have started a binding open season to solicit commitments for a proposed Y-grade pipeline project to transport natural gas liquids produced from the Utica and Marcellus shales to Mont Belvieu, Tex.

Consol to stress gas output growth, sell five coal mines

Nov 11, 2013

Consol Energy Inc., Pittsburgh, will emphasize Appalachian natural gas production growth and has arranged the $3.5 billion sale to a unit of Murray Energy Corp. of its Consolidation Coal Co. subsidiary that operates five longwall steam coal mines in West Virginia.

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.

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