China Comes to the Marcellus – to Learn and to Profit

In the dead of the holiday season, on Friday, Dec. 27, Energy Corporation of America (ECA) issued a press release that largely went unnoticed. In the release, ECA announced it has formed a 50/50 joint venture partnership with the world’s second largest (and China’s largest) coal company, China Shenhua Energy Company (100% Chinese government owned), to drill 25 Marcellus wells in Greene County, PA. Shenhua will invest $90 million in the venture and in the process learn how drill in shale–knowledge currently lacking in China. It’s not much of a stretch to predict this is not the final involvement of Chinese money that will flow to the Marcellus and Utica Shale.

Here is the brief statement issued by ECA, followed by a story about the jv from China Daily:

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