Another Antero Utica Well Top of the Heap: IP Rate of 40.2 Mmcf/d!

super achieverCaution: MDN’s comments below are not completely accurate. It seems that Antero pulled a fast one on us, and unlike their previous updates, they have (starting with this update) used gas equivalents in their production reporting. The Antero Yontz well is still the highest initial production methane (natural gas only) well in the OH Utica. That’s not to take away from the incredibly productive Milligan well mentioned below–but much of Milligan’s production is NGLs and not methane. The Milligan is still a great (and profitable) well! It’s just not the top dog natgas producing well we thought it was.

Wow, we’re speechless! (And that’s saying something.) Last August MDN told you that Antero Resources had de-throned Gulfport Energy for having the highest yielding 24-hour rate Utica Shale well (see Antero Resources Utica Well Produces Stratospheric 38.9 Mmcf/d). Antero’s amazing Yontz well is located in Monroe County, OH, south of Gulfport’s super achieving wells in Belmont and Harrison counties. South continues to be better. Yesterday Antero released an operational update, and tucked away in that update is a new reigning Utica champ. Antero reports the Milligan 2H well in Noble County produced a 24 hour initial production (IP) rate of 40.2 Mmcf/d gas equivalent (it produces lots of hydrocarbons other than methane, so the number is converted to gas for apples to apples comparisons). That is the single highest producing shale well we’ve ever heard of–anywhere. No wonder Aubrey McClendon once famously said the Utica Shale is the biggest thing to hit Ohio since the plow!

Aside from the Milligan 2H, there’s a lot of other news in the Antero update, including a very active Marcellus Shale drilling program (they currently have 15 rigs in the Marcellus), and the first of three compressor stations to help get their gas to market has come online in the Utica (two others are behind schedule). Here’s the full Antero update for 4Q13, with a bit of forward looking to 2014…

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