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Ohio Utica Shale

Gulfport hits it big with Ohio's No. 1 well

By Bob Downing Published: November 28, 2012

 

Gulfport Energy Corp. keeps striking it rich.

The Oklahoma-based energy company has a new well in Belmont County that is No. 1 biggest producing well in Ohio.

The well, known as Shugert 1-12H, tested at 28.5 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, plus 300 barrels of oil and 2,907 barrels of natural gas liquids, the company said in a Tuesday announcement.

That is equal to 7,482 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

That makes the well No. 1 in Ohio for natural gas volume, natural gas liquids and barrels of oil equaivalents.

The new well is expected to be in full production by the end of January, the company said.

That means that Gulfport has the four biggest producing wells in Ohio and the news could trigger new drilling interest in Belmont County.

"We are very pleased to announce another strong flow test from our position in the Utica shale of eastern Ohio," said Jim Palm, Gulfport CEO, in a company statement. "Our results, to date, continue to validate our high expectations for the play."

The previous No. 1 Ohio well is Gulfport Energy’s Shugert 1-1H well.

Both wells are side by side in Kirkwood Township.

The Shugert 1-1H well tested at an initial rate of 20 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, plus an initial 144 barrels of condensate per day and 2,002 barrels per day of natural-gas liquids. The peak production rate was 4,913 barrels of oil equivalents per day, the company said.

The new Shugert well was tested after a 60-day resting period after hydraulic fracturing or fracking, the company said.

The company said the composition from Shugert 1-12H is expected to produce an additional 102 barrels of natural gas liquids per million cubic feet of natural gas and result in a natural gas shrinkage of 10 percent in full ethane recovery.

In ethane rejection mode, the composition is expected to yield an added 41 barrels of natural gas liquids per million cubic feet of natural gas and result in a natural gas shrinkage of 2 percent.

In August, Gulfport had reported big success at its Wagner well in Ohio’s Harrison County.

That well is producing 17.1 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, plus 432 barrels of oil and 1,881 barrels of natural gas liquids, the company said. That is equal to 4,650 barrels of oil equivalents.

Gulfport has drilled 12 wells in eastern Ohio and is working on two additional wells. It said it intends to drill 50 wells in eastern Ohio in 2013.

The typical nonhorizontal well in Ohio produces about 50,000 cubic feet of gas per day and less than 1 barrel of oil. Such a well produces between 100 and 150 barrels of oil equivalents per day.

There is limited information on Ohio wells. To date, drillers have offered information on 16 wells. They must report production data nect spring to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

A total of 457 Utica shale wells have been permitted in Ohio, of which 187 have been drilled. A total of 45 wells are in full production. The others are awaiting completion of pipelines and processing plants.

A total of 29 drilling rigs are working in Ohio.

In a related announcement, Gulfport and Colorado-based MarkWest Utica EMG LLC behan processing natural gas from Gulfport wells at an interim processing plant in Cadiz. That marks Gulfport Energy’s first sales from the Utrica shale.

The refrigeration equipment at Cadiz can handle up to 60 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. It is handling gas from the Wagner and the Boy Scout wells in Harrison County.

Permanent processing facilities are under construction.

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