NFG Update: Seneca Paper Loss, Production Shut-in; New Pipes Done

National Fuel Gas Company, parent of driller Seneca Resources and also an important midstream (pipeline) company, issued their quarter update yesterday. We always have to explain this. NFG counts their quarters different. Everyone else counts July through September as a calendar year third quarter. For NFG, it was their fourth quarter fiscal year. The company had a big $188 million loss for their 4Q15, vs a $57 million gain in 4Q14. However, like many others, NFG’s was a “paper loss” and not an actual money-out-the-pocket loss. The decrease is largely due to a $241 million writedown of the value of Seneca’s oil and natural gas reserves. Other news: Seneca’s production was down in 4Q15 because they decided to voluntarily shut-in 13 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of production they otherwise could have sold–due to the low price of natural gas they receive in the Marcellus. Seneca’s proved reserves (available to drill) went up 27% for fiscal year 2015. On the pipeline front, as of Nov. 1 NFG put the Westside Expansion & Modernization and Tuscarora Lateral projects into service, and they’re close to completing the Northern Access 2015 expansion project, a joint project with Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Niagara Expansion. Here’s the full update with plenty of interesting news for the Marcellus/Utica…

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