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Magnum Hunter drilling in Ohio's Monroe, Washington counties

By Bob Downing Published: November 8, 2013

From Magnum Hunter Resources today in its third-quarter report:

Operations

For the quarter ended September 30, 2013, the Company commenced the drilling of or participated in a total of 28.0 gross wells, of which 9.0 were operated by the Company. The Company had a 100% success rate on the 29.0 wells that were completed in the third quarter of 2013.

The table below summarizes the Company's gross drilling activities by area for the third quarter of 2013:

 

Third Quarter 2013
                         ---------------------------------------------------
                             Total
                            Drilled     Operated     Completed    Awaiting
                             Wells        Wells        Wells        Frac
                         ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------

Marcellus Shale                    14            6            6           10
Utica Shale                         1            1            0            0
Williston Basin                    13            2           23           12
                         ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
Total                              28            9           29           22
                         ============ ============ ============ ============

 

Currently, the Company is running five drilling rigs (three operated and two non-operated drilling rigs); two rigs (two operated) are drilling wells in the Marcellus and Utica Shales; and three rigs (one operated and two non-operated) are drilling wells in the Williston Basin/Bakken Shale.

Marcellus Shale

During the third quarter of 2013, the Company drilled 14 gross (9.5 net) wells in the Marcellus Shale. In the Company operated areas, the Company drilled six gross (5.5 net) wells, and in the Company non-operated Wetzel County, West Virginia 50/50 joint venture with Stone Energy, eight gross (four net) wells were drilled. The Company anticipates that these wells will be connected to the Eureka Hunter Pipeline System over the next 30-45 days and production therefrom will begin flowing to sales shortly thereafter. The Company's net production in the third quarter of 2013 attributable to Triad Hunter's operations was approximately 35,800 Mcfepd, a 25% increase over the third quarter of 2012.

Utica Shale

During the third quarter of 2013, the Company commenced drilling of one gross (0.5 net) well in the Utica Shale on the Stalder pad in Monroe County, Ohio. This well is currently being drilled as part of the Company's 50/50 joint venture with Eclipse Resources, with Magnum Hunter designated as the operator. The Company anticipates this well will reach TVD over the next several days, and then the Company intends to plug back the well and drill an approximate 5,600' lateral.

Additionally, the Company has completed the fracture stimulation of the Farley well, which is its first Utica Shale well in Washington County, Ohio. As a result of the controlled blowout that the Company experienced during the drilling process, the Company was only able to fracture stimulate 10 of 26 planned stages, primarily due to poor cement isolation behind the production casing. Following the completion of the fracture stimulation, the Company began flow testing the well the week of October 28, 2013 with approximately one-third of the horizontal section open. The well tested at 3.0 MMcfepd. The aforementioned rate assumes full ethane rejection. The Company intends to commence the drilling of a second well on the Farley pad within the next 10 days.

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