Southwestern Energy Investing $145 Million and Drilling 35-40 Wells in the Marcellus in 2010

MarketWatch/PR Newswire (Feb 25)
Southwestern Energy Announces 2009 Financial and Operating Results

Southerwestern Energy made it’s 2009 results known today in a press release. Of concern to landowners in the Marcellus, particularly in northeastern PA, is this paragraph:

Appalachia – The company began leasing in northeastern Pennsylvania in 2007 in an effort to gain a position in the emerging Marcellus Shale play. At December 31, 2009, Southwestern had approximately 149,000 net acres in Pennsylvania under which it believes the Marcellus Shale is prospective. The company’s undeveloped acreage position as of December 31, 2009 had an average remaining lease term of 5 years, an average royalty interest of 13% and was obtained at an average cost of approximately $594 per acre. During 2009, Southwestern invested approximately $40 million in Pennsylvania, almost all of which was for acquisition of acreage. In 2010, the company plans to invest approximately $145 million in Appalachia, which includes drilling with one operated rig in the Marcellus Shale play in Pennsylvania and participating in a total of 35 to 40 wells, 21 to 24 of which will be operated.