Great Scott! Eclipse Drills New Longest Lateral in World – in Utica

Eclipse Resources, a Marcellus/Utica pure play driller headquartered in State College, PA that drills mostly in Ohio, has done it again. Yesterday as part of Eclipse’s first quarter 2017 update, the company announced it has broken its own record for drilling the longest land-based lateral well in the world by drilling a Utica well with a lateral that’s 19,300 feet long (3.7 miles). Incredible! You may recall Eclipse was the previous holder of that record with their Purple Hayes well (18,500 feet long), drilled one year ago (see Eclipse Res. 1Q16: Drills Longest Shale Well Ever! “Purple Hayes”). Eclipse seems to have taken a chapter from Rice Energy by naming their wells with creative names. Purple Hayes, named after the landowner (Hayes). The new record-holder? Great Scott–presumably named after the landowner (Scott). Eclipse reports drilling its newest record setting “Super-Lateral” well, the Great Scott 3H, with a total measured depth of 27,400 feet and completable lateral extension of 19,300 feet in less than 17 days from the drill bit hitting the ground to total depth (called spud to TD) in the company’s Utica Shale condensate area. If you’re an MDN subscriber, you were already expecting this big news. Back in April MDN editor Jim Willis attended the Oil & Gas Investment Symposium in New York City and reported on Eclipse’s session. At the time Jim reported: “They [Eclipse] plan to drill 11 “super lateral” wells that exceed 15,000 feet long. Two wells they hope to drill will break the existing Purple Hayes record–by going to 19,000 feet!” (see Eclipse Resources Touts Big ROI on Long Horizontal Shale Wells). Just a month later and the company is already delivering on its promise. Even bigger news: Eclipse is currently drilling a second well of the same length next to Great Scott! Below is the announcement about Great Scott (I & II), part of the Eclipse 1Q17 update. The latest slide deck included too…

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