EIA August DPR: Utica Production Up, Marcellus Down

EIAYesterday MDN’s favorite government agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), issued our favorite monthly report–the Drilling Productivity Report (DPR). The DPR is the EIA’s best guess, based on expert data crunchers, as to how much each of the U.S.’s seven major shale plays will produce for both oil and natural gas in the coming month. The EIA projects natural gas production cumulatively across all shale plays will once again fall in September–the seventh consecutive month it will have fallen. However, as was the case in last month’s report, the Utica stands alone and against the trend by showing an increase in production month over month. Last month the EIA predicted the Utica would increase production by 5 million cubic feet per day, or MMcf/d (see EIA July DPR: Utica Only Play with Increased NatGas Production). This month’s report shows the Utica is expected to increase production by an average of 9 MMcf/d. Also of note, last month Marcellus production was projected to drop by 26 MMcf/d, while this month the production drop is projected to be 33 MMcf/d. That is, the rate of production decline in the Marcellus is accelerating. Here’s the lowdown from the EIA…

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