Marcellus/Utica Sees Biggest Decrease in Nov. NatGas Production

Strange times. It’s not the kind of thing you want to be known for typically–that your shale region will lead the way among all shale regions across the country in *reducing* production in the coming month. Yet that’s what the latest Drilling Productivity Report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (released yesterday) shows–and most folks in the Marcellus/Utica region will be happy about it.
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OH Long Ridge Energy Power to Blend Hydrogen with Utica Gas

Long Ridge power plant under construction in Hannibal, Ohio. Photo courtesy of Kiewit.

In June 2019 Long Ridge Energy Terminal in Monroe County, OH (transloading facility) began to build a 485-megawatt Utica gas-fired electric plant (see Work Begins on Gas-Fired Elec Plant in Monroe County, OH). The new Utica-fired plant is supposed to be up and running in “late 2021.” But what’s this? Even before it’s built, the owners have announced they are transitioning the plant away from Utica gas to burn hydrogen instead.
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Equitrans Signals Schedule Change for Mountain Valley Pipe

Late Friday the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted permission to Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) to restart work on all but a 25-mile segment of the 92% completed project (see FERC Gives Mountain Valley Pipeline OK to Restart Construction). Until now every signal we’ve read coming from Equitrans, the builder, is that MVP will be done and online early (first quarter) next year. Is that signal now changing?
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Weekly Shale Drilling Permits for PA, OH, WV: Oct. 5-9

Only Pennsylvania issued permits to drill new shale wells last week in the Appalachian region. Neither Ohio nor West Virginia issued any new drilling permits from Oct. 5-9. In PA, some 20 permits were issued in both the northeast and southwest parts of the state.
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Other Stories of Interest: Wed, Oct 14, 2020

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: NYPA reaches peaker agreement; NATIONAL: Chart buys Worthington cryogenic and hydrogen business; ConocoPhillips in talks to buy Concho Resources in big shale bet; Morgan Stanley sees oil prices struggling to break above $50; Chevron to stay wedded to shale, for ‘incredible flexibility’; America in 2022 after a Biden-Harris win; The Supreme Court is taking critical step towards resolving frivolous climate suits; Down and out: bankruptcy valuations portend production declines.
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