Range 1Q20: Drills Its Longest Shale Well Ever; Low-Cost Leader

Range Resources issued its first-quarter 2020 financial and operational update late last week. The company reported net income significantly increased to $145 million in 1Q20, up a staggering 10,117% from $1.4 million in 1Q19. Production averaged 2.3 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe) per day, approximately 70% natural gas (the rest NGLs). Range says production in 2020 will stay about the same as 2019, yet they will only operate one drilling rig and one fracking crew in 2020 to maintain that level of production.
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Cabot 1Q20: Production Up 4%, Free Cash Flow, Curtailing Wells

Cabot Oil & Gas, which is one of, perhaps the best-run shale drillers in the Marcellus/Utica, issued its first-quarter 2020 update on Friday. Cabot generated $53.9 million in net income in 1Q20 and $49.8 million in free cash flow (down from $308.4 million in free cash flow from 1Q19). Cabot is one of (the only?) natural gas drillers with five consecutive years of generating free cash flow. What’s ahead for Cabot in 2020 and beyond?
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SWN 1Q20: Production Up 10%, Drilled 38 New Wells, $1.5B Loss

Southwestern Energy issued its first-quarter 2020 update on Friday. The company reported total production of 201 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe) in 1Q20, which includes 1.7 Bcf/d of gas and 83,000 barrels per day of liquids. That’s up more than 10% from 1Q19’s 182 Bcfe, but down slightly from 4Q19’s 208 Bcfe. Southwestern reported a net loss of $1.5 billion, almost all of which was due to an impairment charge of $1.48 billion (in other words, it was a paper loss). The company made $594 million in profit in 1Q19.
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NFG 1Q20: Production Up 24%, Dropping Back to 1 Rig

Late last week National Fuel Gas Company (NFG), the parent company of Marcellus/Utica driller Seneca Resources, issued its second-quarter (everyone else’s first quarter) financial and operational update. The company’s natural gas production increased 10.7 billion cubic feet (Bcf), up 24%, due primarily to production from new Marcellus and Utica wells completed and connected to sales. The production increase is all the more impressive because Seneca curtailed (shut-in) 2.7 Bcf of natural gas production during the quarter due to lower spot prices at sales points in Pennsylvania.
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EQT Holds Virtual Annual Meeting – No Fireworks This Year

Last year at this time the EQT’s then-management team was locked in a heated battle with the Rice boys–Toby and Derek Rice–who wanted to boot the existing management team and run the company themselves. EQT’s management at the time delayed the annual meeting until July (see EQT Announces Late Annual Meeting, a “Screw You” to Rice Bros.). The delay didn’t work. The Rice brothers got their candidates for the board elected and subsequently took over control of the company (see Rice Bros. Win Proxy War to Control EQT – Toby Rice New CEO). It was high drama at last year’s annual meeting. This year’s meeting was just about the opposite.
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Phase II of Hillabee Expansion Goes Live, M-U Gas to Florida

Last week MDN told you that the second phase of Sabal Trail, a $3.2 billion, 515-mile interstate natural gas pipeline in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama to deliver (in part) Marcellus gas to the southeast was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and is coming online now (see FERC OKs Extra Compression on Sabal Trail Pipe, M-U Gas to FL). Sabal Trail connects to Williams’ Hillabee Expansion Project, which is a pipeline spur built off the huge Transco pipeline system.
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LNG Limited, Building US & Canada LNG Export Plants, Implodes

LNG Limited (LNGL), based in Australia, has been working on a couple of North American LNG export projects over the past half-decade or more. One of them, called Bear Head, would be built in Nova Scotia, Canada and (potentially) export Marcellus/Utica molecules. The other, Magnolia LNG, would be located in Louisiana and yes, potentially export M-U molecules as well. LNGL was in the process of selling itself and its LNG projects to Singapore investor LNG9 PTE for $75 million when LNG9 pulled out of the deal (see Investor Bails on Nova Scotia Bear Head LNG Export Project). Now LNGL is imploding.
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Mon, May 4, 2020

OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Exxon, Chevron slam brakes on shale as oil demand tumbles; Transitioning to natural gas powered (and quiet!) trucks; NATIONAL: Solar, wind energy struggle as coronavirus takes toll; Trump signs order to protect the U.S. electricity system; The Great Shale Shut-in has begun, making good on Trump’s pledge; Justifications, complications and ramifications of crude well shut-ins.
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