Marcellus Shale production jumps in southwest Pennsylvania

Posted August 17, 2011

Pittsburgh Business Times - by Anya Litvak

New Marcellus Shale well production data shows a 55 percent spike in natural gas production in southwestern Pennsylvania over the last six-month period.

In this region, which includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties, Marcellus drilling yielded:

  • 127 billion cubic feet of gas
  • 195,851 barrels of condensate
  • 364,012 barrels of oil

That’s based on data for 2,143 unique wells, of which more than half were not producing for various reasons. Some haven’t been drilled. Some hadn’t been fracked yet. Others were waiting for a pipeline connection and 65 of the well permits were canceled or expired. EQT Corp. (NYSE: EQT) had the most prolific well in the state. The Morris Township well in Greene County produced nearly 3 bcf during the past six months.

Statewide, Marcellus companies pulled 432.5 billion cubic feet of gas out of the ground, along with 492,533 barrels of condensate and 364,183 barrels of oil.

This is much higher than the results reported during the last period, for the last six months of 2010.

Back then, southwestern Pennsylvania wells produced 82 bcf of gas, 320,069 barrels of condensate and 41,674 barrels of oil.

Then as now, nearly all of the oil came out of this region of the state, but during the past six months, northeastern counties climbed ahead in their capture of condensate, a hydrocarbon mixture present in the fuel stream