Eclipse Resources Update: Squeezing More Wells in Smaller Space

Eclipse Resources, a Marcellus/Utica driller headquartered in State College PA, but drilling mainly in the Ohio Utica Shale, issued an operational update yesterday. The company says by the end of the second quarter they expect to be producing around 180 million cubic feet of natural gas per day–the high end of the previous estimated range. The company is spending less money than it expected, which keeps the investors happy. Eclipse recently completed drilling a 3-well pad in Monroe County, OH with the well spacing just 730 feet apart–the first time they’ve tried spacing wells below 1,000 feet apart. All eyes are on the outcome of that experiment. (If successful, it means they can drill more wells in the same amount of space–by their estimates, 20% more wells.) Eclipse had wanted to put those 3 wells into sales in December of this year–which now looks like it will slip into January of next year. Here’s the update with details about their Utica drilling program…

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