Southwestern Energy 2Q17: Marcellus Prod. Up, Drilled 36 Wells

Last week one of the Marcellus Shale’s largest drillers, Southwestern Energy, issued its second quarter 2017 update. While production fell slightly from 2Q16 to 2Q17, the fall was due to Southwestern’s Fayetteville Shale production. In both the northeast and southwest Marcellus, Southwestern’s production went up year over year by 12 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe). Southwestern continues to drill and concentrate solely on Marcellus wells–at least in 2Q17. In northeast Marcellus, Southwestern drilled and brought 21 wells online with an average lateral length of 5,530 feet and an average cost of $5.1 million per well. Perhaps we’d characterize them as “short but cheap” wells. Southwestern also drilled an experimental Marcellus well in Bradford County with a lateral of 12,000 feet. That well, the Seymour 1H, is among the top 10% of Southwestern’s wells, with an initial production rate of 37.7 million cubic feet feet (MMcf) per day. Also of note in the northeast–Southwestern added an additional 140 MMcf/d of pipeline capacity, to get their gas to better-paying markets. In southwest Marcellus Southwestern drilled and brought online 15 new wells, with an average lateral length of 7,627 feet and an average cost of $7.1 million per well. The company reported drilling one Utica well in 2Q17–in Washington County, PA. That well will not be completed and online until later this year. The company’s first Utica well, the O.E. Burge 501H in Marshall County, WV, “continues to exhibit strong productivity, with cumulative production of over 2 Bcf in its first six flowing months.” Here’s the lowdown on Southwestern Energy for 2Q17…

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