EQT Drills Longest Marcellus Well Ever, Reveals 2018 Plans

EQT, the country’s largest natural gas producer after buying out Rice Energy, announced yesterday their plans for 2018. The company will spend a massive $2.4 billion on exploration & production (drilling)–all of it in the Marcellus/Utica region. EQT is spending 60% more money spent on drilling in 2018 than they did in 2017. What will $2.4 billion buy you? In the Marcellus, EQT will drill 139 wells (111 in PA and 28 in WV). In the OH Utica, EQT will drill 38 wells. And in the Upper Devonian (in PA), EQT will drill 19 wells. EQT plans to bring online 160-170 wells in the Marcellus, 40-50 wells in the Utica, and 20-25 in the Upper Devonian. However, all of the reporting we’ve seen on yesterday’s announcement from EQT fails to highlight what we consider to be some of the biggest news of the day: EQT has become the reigning champ for drilling the longest Marcellus Shale well. The previous reigning champ was Range Resources, drilling a Marcellus well 15,000 feet long (see Range Resources Drills Longest Marcellus Well Ever – in Washington Co.). EQT has sailed far beyond the Range well by drilling a well 17,400 feet long in Washington County, PA (as was Range’s monster Marcellus well.) The EQT well, called Haywood H18, was brought online earlier this week. And that’s not all. EQT plans to drill 27 more monster Marcellus wells with laterals longer than 17,000 feet in 2018! Congrats to the biggest producer in the U.S., who now has the biggest Marcellus well ever drilled!…

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