Chesapeake: My Rig’s Better than Your Rig, Cuts Capex Another 20%

My Dog's Bigger than Your DogThe executives at Chesapeake are channeling the boastful ghost of Aubrey McClendon. Yesterday Chesapeake released its 2014 Outlook and capital program. The big news is they will spend 20% less on drilling and related activities this year. The Utica Shale remains one of the most important plays in their portfolio. Apparently in an attempt to dress up the 20% decrease in spending as a good thing, unnamed Chesapeake executives made this boast: “Chesapeake said it expects to operate seven to nine drilling rigs in its Utica shale properties this year, saying that is the equivalent of a 20-rig operation by competitors.” Which made us laugh out loud. “Hey, our 7-9 rigs are worth 20 of anybody else’s.” OK. Must be nice to have an inside track on how to repeal the laws of physics over at Chessy HQ. Maybe they should patent it! Anywho…

Below is the Chesapeake announcement from yesterday with some fairly detailed information about where they plan to drill in 2014, and how much they think they’ll produce. Liquids (NGLs in the Utica, oil in other plays) are a big focus for Chessy this year. There’s a lot more money in liquids–and boss man Carl Icahn likes that. Below the Chesapeake announcement is a bit of analysis from the Akron Beacon Journal, from which we took the “our rigs are better than your rigs” quote…

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