Eclipse Resources 2016 & 4Q16 Update – Super Laterals Coming

Two days ago Eclipse Resources, a Marcellus/Utica pure play driller headquartered in State College, PA that drills mostly in Ohio, released an update for fourth quarter and all of 2016. However, it was an operational and not financial update. Consider this the “good news” from 2016. Among the highlights: Production averaged 229 million cubic feet equivalent (MMcfe) per day, which was above their previous estimates of what it would be. Year-end proved reserves increased by 35% to 469 billion cubic feet equilvanet (Bcfe). Eclipse idled most of its drilling rigs in the first half of 2016 given the low price of gas, but they did drill one notable well early last year–the monster Purple Hayes well in the Ohio Utica–with a lateral (the horizontal part) that reached out 18,500 feet–an astonishing 3.5 miles (see Eclipse Res. 1Q16: Drills Longest Shale Well Ever! “Purple Hayes”). Purple Hayes and other “super lateral” wells are the theme for Eclipse in 2017. As part of the update, Eclipse offered a glimpse into what’s coming this year. Their plans involve drilling 11 super lateral Utica wells–all in excess of 15,000 feet long. Those 11 super lateral wells are part of a planned $300 million program to drill a total of 19 Utica wells in 2017…

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