Hess Drilling 5 More Utica Wells 1Q16 Then Stopping

stop signHess Corporation released their 2016 capital and exploration budget yesterday. Last October Hess said they would spend $2.9-$3.1 billion during 2016. Throw that out the door. They’ve now dropped the capex budget to $2.4 billion, which is 40% less than they spent in 2015. Hess has maintained an active drilling program in the Ohio Utica Shale. What part of that $2.4 billion do you suppose they plan to spend in the Utica this year? The number is $45 million, which will be spent on drilling five new wells and bringing a total of 14 wells online–all in the first quarter. After that? They’re releasing the single rig they now have under contract. So Hess is spending 1.9% of their budget on the Utica for 2016…

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