Gulfport Signed Up to Ship Ethane to Shell Cracker, If…

Gulfport wants to send the ethane it produces in Ohio’s Utica Shale to Shell’s ethane cracker plant, if that plant ever gets built. Gulfport announced on their 3Q13 analyst call yesterday that they are one of the companies who signed on during Shell’s cracker plant open season, pledging to provide ethane for the new cracker plant. Problem is, the prospects that the plant will actually get built are increasingly in doubt (see Rumor Mill: PA Ethane Cracker Plant on Shell Chopping Block?). Even so, we guess it’s a good plan to be first in line when/if that plant opens.

MDN friend Bob Downing from the Akron Beacon Journal chronicles a few more choice tidbits from the Gulfport 3Q13 analyst call yesterday, including Gulfport’s ethane yearnings, some smart strategies Gulfport is employing to sell their dry gas and wet gas, how pipeline locations influence their drilling decisions, and an inside look at how much it costs Gulfport to drill a single Utica Shale well…

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