EQT’s Rise from Second-rate Utility to #1 U.S. NatGas Producer

Last year when EQT bought out and merged in Rice Energy, it became the largest natural gas-producing company in the United States (see EQT Buys Rice Energy in $8.2B Deal, Becomes #1 Gas Producer in US). In the late 1980s EQT was known as Equitable Gas, a local gas utility company in Pittsburgh. It was a company with “poor customer satisfaction” (hence our provocative title of “second-rate” utility). So how on earth did a company that did no drilling rise to become the country’s biggest shale gas driller in under a decade? It started with the foresight of a previous CEO who saw the Marcellus as “the next big thing.” The company changed its name and branding to EQT in 2009, and they haven’t looked back since. Here’s the quick (and fascinating) history of how EQT transformed itself from a lowly gas utility into the powerhouse drilling company it is today…

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