Crystal Ball: Marcellus/Utica Production Over the Next 5 Years

When it comes to analysts and those who evaluate the oil and gas industry, one of the brightest stars in the firmament is RBN Energy. RBN is founded and directed by Rusty Braziel, one of the co-founders of Bentek Energy (now owned by Platts). Jim Cramer, host of Mad Money on CNBC, calls Rusty “the smartest man on the oil patch” and the only person he consults with when it comes to the price of oil and gas and what’s happening (see The Smartest Man in the Oil (& Gas) Patch: Rusty Braziel). Rusty has assembled a top notch team that writes and consults on oil and gas. In a series of posts on the RBN Energy website, Rusty’s team has looked at “takeaway capacity” for pipeline projects planned in the Marcellus/Utica, taking into account which projects have been canceled, delayed or are on track. Rusty and the team predict how much new capacity is coming to cart our gas to various outside regions. Based on that analysis, RBN has just released their best guess for how much natural gas will get produced in the Marcellus/Utica over the next five years. In fact, RBN runs four different scenarios for how much gas might get produced, from pessimistic to optimistic. Even under the most pessimistic scenario, RBN predicts natgas production will grow by 9 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) by 2022. Let’s haul out the RBN crystal ball and predict the future of our region’s production…

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