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Antero, Gulfport, Chesapeake show big production numbers in new Ohio report

By Bob Downing Published: January 1, 2014

Antero Resources, Gulfport Energy and Chesapeake Energy appear to be the big winners in Ohio’s first-ever quarterly production reports from the Utica shale.

The seven-page document, filled with tons of data, was released late Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Ohio reported that the average Utica shale horizontal well produced 137,168 thousand cubic feet of natural gas plus 5,439 barrels of oil from July to September. Those products would be valued at nearly $1 million.

That means that Ohio’s 245 Utica wells in the report would, over a full year, produce nearly $1 billion in natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids.

Ohio released the report with a one-page press release that offered little additional information.

Here’s my day-after analysis:

Antero appeared to have the most productive natural gas wells with its 11 wells in Monroe and Noble counties.

Those wells in the third quarter 2013 averaged 379,754 thousand cubic feet of natural gas.

Cumulatively, the 11 wells produced 4,177,294 thousand cubic feet of natural gas in the quarter.

They also produced an average of 7,295 barrels of oil in the quarter.

Cumulatively, the 11 wells produced 80,240 barrels of oil in the quarter.

Gulfport’s 24 producing wells in Harrison, Belmont and Guernsey counties together produced 6,431,070 thousand cubic feet of natural gas in the quarter.

That averages to 267,961 thousand cubic feet of natural gas in the third quarter.

Those 24 producing wells also produced 194,311 barrels of oil. That averages to 8,096 barrels per well. That tops Antero’s oil production.

Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy provided data to Ohio on 184 wells, although 21 of those wells showed zero natural gas produced in the quarter and 22 showed zero oil produced.

The natural gas total for the quarter for Chesapeake was 19,401,220 thousand cubic feet.

That averages 105,441 cubic feet for the company’s 184 wells.

If you average the total by the 163 wells that produced natural gas in the quarter, that average climbs to 119,025 thousand cubic feet.

Chesapeake also produced 829,607 barrels of oil from its Utica shale wells in the third quarter.

That averages 4,508 barrels per well for the 184 wells. If you count only the wells producing oil, that average climbs to 5,121 barrels for the quarter.

In fact, Chesapeake has five of the Top 10 oil-producing wells.

Antero’s top gas-producing well was the E.T. Rubel well in Monroe County’s Seneca Township. It produced 772,673 thousand cubic feet of natural gas in the quarter.

Gulfport’s Stutzman well in Belmont County’s Somerset Township was the company’s top gas producer with 1,249,739 thousand cubic feet of natural gas in the quarter.

It was the top-producing gas well in Ohio listed in the report.

Gulfport’s Boy Scout well in Harrison County was Ohio’s top oil-producing well during the quarter with 41,617 barrels, the state reported.

Belmont County had the Top 5 gas-producing wells with Monroe County being No. 6 through No. 10.

Chesapeake’s top gas-producer in the quarter was the Tanner well in Carroll County’s Lee Township with 341,793 thousand cubic feet of gas.

Chesapeake’s top oil-producer was the Henderson Family well in Harrison County’s Stock Township with 24,689 barrels of oil in the quarter.

The Top 10 oil wells were found in Harrison County  (six), Noble County (two) and Carroll County (two).

The data also offered a first significant look at Chesapeake’s drilling results.

The company reported that 87 of its 163 gas-producing wells topped 100,000 thousand cubic feet of natural gas in the quarter.

Ohio reported that the 245 Utica shale wells produced 1,332,477 barrels of oil and 33,606,075 thousand cubic feet of natural gas in the quarter.

The wells were, on average, in production for 55 days in the quarter.

Ohio changed its reporting requirements last fall and required quarterly reports for the first time.

The new rule went into effect on Sept. 29, one day before the end of the third quarter. Companies then had 45 days to submit their data.

Previously, Ohio only required annual production reports in March.

Ohio only had 87 reports of 2012 production filed last spring because of pipeline and infrastructure delays in getting wells into production.

Here are a few interesting tidbits from the new state report:

B.P. America reported on one well in Trumbull County’s Johnston Township. It showed 3,869 thousand cubic feet of natural gas plus 604 barrels of oil.

Devon Energy showed zero production in the quarter from wells in Wayne and Guernsey counties. The company had previously plugged less-than-successful wells in Medina and Ashland counties.

XTO Energy, an Exxon mobile subsidiary, showed zero production from three wells in Belmont County.

A well in Marlboro Township in Stark County showed 1,379 barrels of oil and 21,666 cubic feet of natural gas in the quarter. The well was drilled by EnerVest Operating LLC.

Chesapeake Energy showed zero production from its Hosey well in Portage County’s Suffield Township.

Anadarko, a company that has been very quiet about its Ohio plans, showed production data from five of its seven Utica wells. One well in Coshocton and one well in Noble showed zero production.

A total of 19 companies have Utica wells that are in production.

Ohio does require a separate listing for natural gas liquids (ethane, butane and propane). The NGLs are part of the natural gas total, Ohio said.

The report also lists brine production and the number of days the wells were in production.

You can access the report at

Our original story on the Ohio report was filed Dec. 31 on the blog, at and in the Akron Beacon Journal.







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