Hess Quietly Shops the Rest of Their Ohio Utica Acreage

for sale signIn January 2014 Hess Corporation sold 74,000 of its 95,000 100%-owned Utica Shale acreage leases to Aubrey McClendon’s American Energy Partners for $924 million (see Hess Sells 74,000 OH Utica Shale Dry Gas Acres to Mystery Buyer). After the sale, Hess still owned 21,000 acres of leases plus a 50% share of a joint venture with CONSOL Energy in another 65,000 acres. In January of this year, Hess (like other drillers) cut way back on their budget for Utica drilling (see Hess Cuts Utica Drilling Budget 42% for 2015). It appeared that Hess was still in love with the Utica as recently as August when Hess’ top managers said some flattering things about their Utica acreage (see Hess Says Harrison County, OH “Truly the Sweet Spot” of the Utica). Perhaps that was a buildup to selling their remaining position–because that’s exactly what they’re now doing. According to unnamed sources who have seen an offering document being circulated, Hess is shopping all of their remaining Utica acreage, including the jv with CONSOL…

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