CONSOL Energy 2015: E&P Budget Cut 33%, Utica Expands

CONSOL Energy released its fourth quarter 2014 and plans for 2015 today. Overall CONSOL’s revenues were way down for 4Q14 over 4Q13–down 90%. But that was due to a number of coal operations they discontinued in 2014. The gas drilling division had another outstanding quarter–pumping 70.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas for the quarter, up 45% year over year. For 2015 CONSOL plans to spend $1 billion on their Marcellus drilling budget (down from $1.5 billion in 2014). Marcellus Shale costs for CONSOL were $2.83 per million cubic feet equivalent (Mcfe) in 4Q14, a $0.18 per Mcfe improvement from 4Q13 which saw costs of $3.01 per Mcfe. The company achieved “all-in cash costs” of only $1.71 per Mcfe in the Marcellus Shale. And no, we’re not sure what the difference is between costs and “all-in cash costs.” Perhaps one of our smart readers can enlighten us in the comments? The trend is obviously good–it’s costing them less and less to produce more and more gas. CONSOL says in their update that the Utica Shale continues to grow in importance for the company…

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