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Utica Shale Q2 gas production up fivefold from year ago: state data

Natural gas production from Ohio's Utica Shale rose fivefold in the past year, according to data form the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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Based on reports from gas drillers, the Utica was producing close to 1 Bcf/d at the end of the second quarter, up from 165,550 Mcf/d at the same point in 2013. Gas output from the play in Q2 also was up 32% from Q1.

The number of Utica wells drilled at the end of the second quarter doubled year on year to 562, 90% of which were hooked up to sales, with 58 wells awaiting pipelines or processing capacity, DNR reported.

Chesapeake Energy, which pioneered the play, was the top gas producers with 109,500 Mcf/d, or 11% of the statewide total.

Chesapeake also reported oil production of 3,760 b/d from its Utica wells in the second quarter.

Because Ohio doesn't require reporting of natural gas liquids production and includes those volumes in the natural gas figures, the state data could not be used to determine how profitable drilling in the wet gas portion of the Utica may be.

In its most recent quarterly report, Chesapeake indicated that the June completion of the Kensington gas processing plant to strip those liquids from the gas stream would lead to higher price realizations out of the Utica.

--Bill Holland,
--Edited by Jeff Barber,