Pin Oak Energy’s Unique Strategy and PA Focus

MDN has run two stories about a new Marcellus/Utica drilling company called Pin Oak Energy Partners, one in August (see New Marcellus/Utica Driller Snaps Up Assets in OH, PA) and the other just last week (see Pin Oak Energy Snaps Up 4,300 Acres, 16 Wells from Seneca in NWPA). While Pin Oak is a “new” company, the people running it have been around. CEO Chris Halvorson says Pin Oak is comprised of folks who were formerly with AB Resources. You may recall that AB Resources built a position in the southwestern “core” of the Marcellus and sold out to Chevron several years ago. Pin Oak is “what’s next” for for the former AB folks. Their target: the Appalachian basin. However, they’re doing things differently than most others–zigging while everyone else zags. They like to pick up already-producing oil and gas wells instead of raw acreage. And they don’t take private equity money to fund their operations. They’re using cash from producing wells to help finance new drilling. How about that? Someone that wants to “pay as you go.” That is unique! Here’s a closer look at Pin Oak’s aggressive strategy to expand quickly in north central and northwestern PA…

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