Cabot O&G 1Q18: Important New Markets Opening Up Now

Note: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated Cabot is pumping 3.75 Bcf/d of natural gas now. The correction is that according to the CEO, the company has the capability to pump that much as soon as all pipelines are in place and existing planned wells are online–likely in 2020. We regret the error!

One of our favorite Marcellus drillers, Cabot Oil & Gas, provided their first quarter 2018 update on Friday. Cabot never disappoints! What did we learn from the update? For one thing, when all pipeline infrastructure is in place and all planned wells are drilled and online, the company will be pumping a massive 3.75 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas out of Susquehanna County, PA. Cabot is working with Williams to increase the capacity of their gathering system to support even more gas than 3.75 Bcf/d. It would not surprise us if Cabot becomes the first 4 Bcf/d Marcellus/Utica driller in the next few years. So Cabot has plenty of production. What about demand? Lots of production with little or no demand equals prices in the basement. There was good news on the demand front too. Cabot said there are two gas-fired electric plants starting up by June 1st–both of them powered with Cabot Marcellus gas. Add to that the now-operational Cove Point LNG export plant with Cabot’s contract to sell gas to Japan–and it equals a massive increase in demand for Cabot’s gas going into the second quarter. Later this year, in the second half sometime, Atlantic Sunrise will come online increasing Cabot’s flow to new markets even more. We’d call Cabot’s Friday 1Q18 update the “stars are finally in alignment” update for Cabot. Here are some more pickings from the update, along with a copy of the full update…

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