Eclipse Res. 3Q17: Super-Laterals Proving to be Super Productive

Last week Eclipse Resources, the “super-lateral” Marcellus/Utica driller, turned in its third quarter 2017 update. Eclipse is a Marcellus/Utica pure play driller headquartered in State College, PA that drills mostly in the Ohio Utica. Eclipse has drilled the top three longest onshore oil/gas wells in the world. What do we glean from the 3Q17 update? Two of their world’s longest onshore wells–the Great Scott 3H and Outlaw C11H–are now online and pumping. They are pumping record-setting amounts of condensate. Each is averaging 3,300 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) to date on a restricted choke, consisting of almost 50% condensate and 68% in total liquids. Gushers! During 3Q17 Eclipse drilled 10 wells in all, including four super-laterals with an average lateral length of over 17,500 feet. So far the company has drilled 11 super-lateral wells with an average lateral length of ~18,000 feet–averaging just 16 days from spud to total depth. Incredible! The company had average daily production of 353 million cubic feet equivalent per day (MMcfe/d). On an analyst phone call, Eclipse’s top brass said they are working to create a “reputable” super-lateral program, meaning (our words) building a successful program of long laterals that also makes big money. Here’s the 3Q17 update, along with portions of the analyst phone call and the latest slide deck…

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