Houston-based Noble Energy, one of the big drillers in the Marcellus Shale, turned a tidy profit of $1 billion in 2012 according to their year-end financial report issued yesterday. That’s double what they earned in 2011 ($453 million). They also report Marcellus Shale production was up 19% in the 4Q12 from 3Q12—to a new high of 121 million cubic feet per day (MMcfe/d). Noble has a joint venture with CONSOL Energy in the Marcellus and the JV produced 280 MMcfe/d in 2012 (see Who’s a Member of the Marcellus “1 Bcf/d” Club?).
Noble operated three drilling rigs in the Marcellus during 2012. Here’s the year-in-review update issued yesterday: