EIA Feb ’18 Drilling Report: M-U Production Up Another 1/3 Bcf

Yesterday our favorite government agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), issued our favorite monthly report, the Drilling Productivity Report (DPR). The DPR is the EIA’s best guess, based on expert data crunchers, as to how much each of the U.S.’s seven major shale plays will produce for both oil and natural gas in the coming month. The numbers continue to be AMAZING. Natgas production continues to explode (poor metaphor!)–especially here in the Marcellus/Utica region, which is labeled “Appalachia” in the report. EIA predicts production in the Marcellus/Utica will soar another 321 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d), roughly one-third of a billion cubic feet (!), between February and March. That’s after M-U production went up a stupendously massive 428 MMcf/d last month, even more than the 377 MMcf/d originally forecast (see EIA Jan ’18 Drilling Report: M-U on Fire, Up 1/3 Billion Cubic Ft). Incredible! Our region isn’t the only prodigious producer. The Permian is primarily an oil play. But because each oil well also produces at least some natural gas along with the oil (called associated gas), and because so many wells are getting drilled in the Permian, it’s natgas production is forecast to jump 216 MMcf/d in the coming month. In a string going back more than a year, the seven major plays in the U.S. will once again hit new record natgas production in March–estimated to be 64.9 billion cubic feet per day. Of that, the M-U region will produce 27.1 Bcf/d–or 42%…

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