Pittsburgh-based EQT Corp. is planning to drill eight Utica wells in 2013 in Ohio's Guernsey County.
Thsoe wells are expected to cost about $40 million, the company said on Tuesday in ts operating forecast.
It also expects to spend $820 million to drill 153 wells in the Marcellus shale.
EQT said it expects to focus its drilling in central Pennsylvania and in Guernsey County where it has about 16,000 acres.
It switched two drilling rigs to natural ags in 2012 and expects to retrofit 4 rigs in 2013. That will help save about $400,000 a year in fuel costs.
The company is also looking to develop the shallw Upper Devonian rock in Pennsylvania in 2013.
It will have eight rigs in the field in 2013.
It has earmarked $1.5 billion for 2013 capital expenditures.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
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