2014 Unconventional Well Production Data

Penn State
8/21/2014

DEP released the most current data for unconventional wells in Pennsylvania and once again the production figures have shown a dramatic increase.

2014 Unconventional Well Data

According to the data, wells termed unconventional in PA produced 1.9 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of natural gas, 1.8 million (MM) barrels of condensate and little over 200,000 barrels of oil. Compared to the last 6 months production data (July 1 – December 31, 2013) operators in PA produced just under 1.7 TCF natural gas, 1.7 MM barrels of condensate and 182,000 barrels of oil. It is important to note these figures typically are updated as operators update their production reports due to reporting errors that may include missing wells, incorrect data and in some cases there are operators who have not submitted their data prior to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) releasing the data.

Top 10 Producing Wells by Daily Average

Well Name Operator County Daily Average (Mcf/d)
MOLNAR M 1 Cabot Susquehanna 26,689
MOLNAR M 3 Cabot Susquehanna 26,382
PAYNE D 3 Cabot Susquehanna 25,289
ALDRICH L 2 Cabot Susquehanna 23,158
ALDRICH L 5 Cabot Susquehanna 22,342
LAUREL HILL 12H Cabot Lycoming 22,192
CARPENETTI R 2 Cabot Susquehanna 21,000
ADAMS J 4 Cabot Susquehanna 20,931
HUSTON J 2 Cabot Susquehanna 19,622
HORDIS C 4 Cabot Susquehanna 19,277

Looking at the 2014 oil production, Chesapeake reported 204,000 barrels (BBL) in Washington County and Halcon reported 4,695 BBL in Mercer County.  Condensate production was primarily reported by Range Resources with 1.7 MM barrels in Washington County. However, there were 8 total counties reporting condensate production including Mercer, Crawford, Lawrence, Venango, McKean, Forest and Butler. Some of this production is due to increased activity within other shale formations than the Marcellus.

Susquehanna County was the top producing county in terms of natural gas with 455 billion cubic feet (BCF) followed by Bradford (411 BCF), Lycoming (270 BCF), Washington (197 BCF) and Greene (172 BCF).

Chesapeake remains that top producing operator by volume with production at 399 BCF, an increase from 376 BCF last reporting period. Following Chesapeake were Cabot (260 BCF), Range (139 BCF), Southwestern (138 BCF) and EQT (135 BCF). When looking at production on a per well basis during the period, Cabot has the top 5 and 7 of the top 10. Chief has the other top 3 wells. When looking on a daily average, Cabot has 9 of the top 10 and 11 of the top 20 in the Commonwealth. Chief Oil and Gas has 7 and Range and Seneca Resources each 1. The top 8 wells all averaged over 20 million cubic feet per day.

Matt Henderson is the Shale Gas Asset Manager for Penn State University’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR) and a member of the Penn State Extension Marcellus Education Team (MET). A more in depth analysis of first half production will be delivered in September’s monthly webinar series. This analysis will look at some of the water usage as well as a look at some production figures from Utica in the Northern Tier and some Upper Devonian well data.