Gastar Update: First Utica Well Coming in April, Marcellus Grows

Gastar Exploration released their fourth quarter and full year 2013 report yesterday. Gastar drills in both the northeast (Marcellus) and the Mid-Continent shale play areas in the U.S. What do we learn about Gastar’s recent history and plans going forward in our neck of the woods? First, the update says that Gastar plans to drill their very first Utica Shale well in April. Gastar says they believe there is drillable Utica acreage under their leased land in Wetzel and Marshall counties in West Virginia–and they plan to take full advantage of it starting this year.

We also learn that the company’s Marcellus Shale production increased by 37% year over year. In Q412 Gastar produced 29.9 million cubic feet per day of natural gas, and in Q413 it was 41.0 MMcf/d. Which is tiny when compared to the 1 Bcf/d being produced by several Marcellus producers. But still, the numbers are going in the right direction. Here’s a small portion of yesterday’s update that deals with the Utica and Marcellus…

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