Marcellus/Utica ///

Shale gas proves more resilient than U.S. government expected

America’s energy explorers have become so good at pulling natural gas out of the ground that government forecasters are having a hard time figuring out how much they’re producing.

ShaleTech: Marcellus/Utica Shale

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Low costs, new takeaway capacity may spur late 2016 recovery

CARBO’s KRYPTOSPHERE LD technology proves worth in Utica gas well

CARBO Ceramics has announced the successful use of KRYPTOSPHERE LD, its ultra-conductive, low-density ceramic proppant technology, in the Utica for CONSOL Energy. This is the first well to utilize KRYPTOSPHERE LD.

Executive viewpoint

John England, Deloitte LLP

Looking back at 2015: What happened, what didn’t, and hope for the future

GE, Accenture announce first deployment of Intelligent Pipeline Solution

GE and Accenture said Wednesday that Columbia Pipeline Group (CPG) is the first company to deploy the Intelligent Pipeline Solution, a software solution that helps pipeline operators make informed decisions around pipeline safety and integrity.

Wood Group acquisition strengthens company’s onshore US construction capabilities

Wood Group has acquired Kelchner Inc., a privately owned U.S.-based provider of construction and energy field services. Kelchner will operate within the onshore business of Wood Group PSN Americas, providing construction capabilities primarily to the midstream and upstream oil and gas sector in the Marcellus and Utica shale basins, and broader industrial sectors.

GDS International implements GE's Equipment Insight solution to optimize performance

GE has announced that GDS International LLC, otherwise known as Global Drilling Support (GDS), has implemented its Equipment Insight solution at drilling rigs located in the Marcellus region of Pennsylvania to improve data collection, analytics and management capabilities.

Pennsylvania fines Chesapeake Appalachia $1.4 million over well pad landslide

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday that Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC has agreed to a Consent Order and Agreement and will pay a fine of $1.4 million for violations of Pennsylvania's Oil and Gas Act, Clean Streams Law and Dam Safety and Encroachments Act.

Gas-gushing wells have stockpiles swelling to record in the U.S.

U.S. natural gas drillers facing the lowest seasonal prices in two decades are trying to cut back supplies. The only problem: They’re too good at their jobs.

Unimin opens second unit train capable terminal at Benwood, WV

Unimin Energy Solutions has announced the grand opening of its 2nd unit train capable terminal located in Benwood, West Virginia.

TAM runs PosiFrac Toe Sleeve in Utica shale

TAM International—an independent oilfield services company providing inflatable packers, swellable packers, and downhole products—has announced the first run of the PosiFrac Toe Sleeve in the Utica shale.

Gastar Exploration acquires mid-continent interests and marketing of Appalachian basin assets

Gastar Exploration has entered into a definitive purchase and sale agreement to acquire additional working and net revenue interests from its AMI partner, Husky Ventures and certain other parties.

EIA expects near-term decline in natural gas production in major shale regions

Natural gas production across all major shale regions in EIA's Drilling Productivity Report (DPR) is projected to decrease for the first time in September. Production from these seven shale regions reached a high in May at 45.6 Bcfd and is expected to decline to 44.9 Bcfd in September.

Utica shale set for new dry gas gathering system

MarkWest Energy Partners and The Energy & Minerals Group (EMG) are to develop a new, large-scale dry gas gathering system to strategically expand the parties’ position in the Utica shale.

DEP releases latest revisions of oil, gas rulemaking

Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the draft final revisions to the Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites rulemaking (Chapters 78 and 78a).

Statoil’s Reitan sets sights on U.S. shale oil cost cutting

Torgrim Reitan, who’s about to take charge of Statoil's U.S. business after serving as CFO since 2011, has one priority: improve profitability by cutting costs.

Unimin commences unit train service to Marcellus

Unimin Energy Solutions announced Monday the first delivery of frac sands by unit train to its Jerry Run, West Virginia terminal.

Using data-driven modeling to understand multi-fractured, horizontal Marcellus completions

Robert F. (Bob) Shelley, Amir Nejad, Nijat Guliyev, StrataGen; Michael Raleigh, David Matz, Epsilon Energy

A data-driven, neural network model was developed to quickly and economically evaluate completion effectiveness for Marcellus shale wells. This model was used to identify significant opportunity to improve production for new wells by modifying completion and frac design. According to the model, geology and reservoir quality dominate Marcellus production. However, controllable contact and conductivity-related parameters are also significant. The number of frac treatments and the amount of proppant used in the completion rank first and second in significance. This is followed by perforation design, fluid volume and treatment rate.

WPX Energy in $200 million-plus Marcellus deal

WPX Energy has signed an agreement to sell a package of Marcellus shale marketing contracts and release certain related firm transportation capacity to an undisclosed buyer for in excess of $200 million cash.

Shale wells turn to cash gushers as costs fall

The profitability of some U.S. shale wells at current prices will almost double as cost cutting and technology turns them into cash gushers despite oil’s crash.