Utica Shale

Utica Shale Description ImageThe Utica shale formation is one of the newest natural gas discoveries in North America. It is located in New York state and the Canadian province of Quebec, along the St. Lawrence River Valley. Some geologists have suggested the gas-bearing formation extends as far south as Pennsylvania. The other major shale formation in this area is the better-known Marcellus shale.

Estimates of natural gas deposits in the formation range from a low of about 2 trillion cubic feet (tcf) to a high of 60 to 70 tcf. At this time, most companies active in the Utica shale are drilling exploratory wells on the Canadian side of the border because the state of New York has been reluctant to grant drilling permits to date. Some production rates have tested up to 1 million cubic feet per day.

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Utica Shale News

Hess reports $5.8 billion capital budget for 2014

Jan 24, 2014

Hess Corp. reported that its exploration and production capital budget for 2014 is expected to reach $5.8 billion, almost have of which, $2.85 billion, will be spent on unconventional shale resources.

Pennant’s Hickory Bend Utica gas processing plant ready for operations

Jan 7, 2014

Pennant Midstream announced that its 200-MMcfd Hickory Bend cryogenic natural gas processing plant in the Utica shale at New Middletown, Ohio, is ready to begin operations. The plant’s gathering system includes about 55 miles of 20- and 24-in. OD wet gas gathering pipelines. These pipelines will support delivery of more than 600 MMcfd, allowing for expansion if demand warrants, and Pennant is preparing sites for two additional plants at Hickory Bend.

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 to build Utica-Windsor NGL pipeline

Dec 18, 2013

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP subsidiary Kinder Morgan Cochin LLC signed a letter of intent with Nova Chemicals Corp. to develop a 210-mile, 10-in. OD NGL pipeline from multiple Utica shale fractionation sites in Harrison County, Ohio, to KMEP’s Cochin Pipeline near Riga, Mich. Cochin would then ship NGL eastward to Windsor, Ont.

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.

UTICA Briefs

Dec 13, 2013

Ohio's Utica shale expected to grow through 2015

Dec 13, 2013

Operators drilled 215 shale wells in Ohio in 2012, of which 87 wells are now producing oil and gas, according to data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Gulfport Energy expands Ohio management team

Dec 10, 2013

Oklahoma City-based independent Gulfport Energy Corp. has added to its Ohio management operations as the company increases its focus on the Utica shale.

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.

MarkWest starts Marcellus, Utica cryogenic plants

Nov 18, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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