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Magnum Hunter outlines Marcellus, Utica operations

By Bob Downing Published: August 8, 2014

From Magnum Hunter Resources on Thursday:

Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale

During the second quarter of 2014, the Company completed drilling five gross (2.1 net) wells in the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale plays. In addition, the Company drilled and cased to the intermediate casing point four gross (3.1 net) wells, three of which are operated. As a result of our development plan, two gross (one net) wells on the Stalder Pad and four gross (four net) wells on the WVDNR Pad are currently shut-in due to additional drilling activities on these pads. The Company's net production in the second quarter of 2014 attributable to Triad Hunter, LLC's operations was approximately 72.8 Mcfe/d, a 76% increase over the prior year quarter.

The Company drilled and cased the Stewart Winland #1300, its first dry gas Utica Shale well in Tyler County, West Virginia to a true vertical depth of 11,050 feet. The Stewart Winland #1300 targeted the Point Pleasant formation, which is approximately 350 feet deeper than the same formation targeted by the Company's first Utica Shale dry gas well, the Stalder #3UH in Monroe County, Ohio. The wireline logging data confirmed the Point Pleasant target formation from the Stewart Winland #1300 pad location contains hydrocarbons and appears to possibly have even more bottom hole pressure than the Stalder #3UH. The Stewart Winland #1300 was drilled and cased with a 5,500 foot horizontal lateral, and was successfully fracture stimulated with 22 stages and is presently resting. Currently, the Company is using a combination of zipper fracing and fracture stimulation on the three 100% working interest Marcellus Shale wells on the same pad. The Company expects to report initial production test rates from these four 100% owned wells sometime in mid-September 2014.

On the Stalder Pad location, the Company recently successfully drilled and cased the intermediate section on the Stalder #8UH and #7UH located in Monroe County, Ohio. A rig is currently drilling the vertical intermediate section of the Stalder #6UH on air, and has approximately 3,125 feet remaining in the vertical. These wells will be drilled to an average vertical depth of 10,650 feet with an anticipated 6,133 foot average horizontal lateral. Following the drilling of the Stalder #6UH, the Company will commence drilling of the curve and lateral section of these wells. The Company's first dry gas Utica Shale well, the Stalder #3UH, and first Marcellus Shale well, the Stalder #2MH, on this pad are currently shut-in to allow for the drilling and development of these three new Utica Shale wells on this pad. The Company expects to report initial production rates from these three new Utica Shale wells in December 2014.

On the Ormet 15 Pad located in Monroe County, Ohio, the Company has commenced drilling four down-dip Utica wells, the Ormet #7-15UH, #8-15UH, #9-15UH and #10-15UH. Alpha Hunter, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, is currently drilling the Ormet 9-15UH well with its TXD 500 robotic drilling rig and is 2,425 feet in the vertical section with 6,800 feet remaining. These Utica Shale wells will be drilled to an average vertical depth of 11,100 feet with a 4,700 foot average horizontal lateral. The Company anticipates fracture stimulation of these four wells in October 2014 and expects to report initial production test rates in December 2014. Due to the recent mineral purchase of ~1,700 net mineral acres including this pad, the Company's net revenue interest has increased to almost 100%. Therefore, the net impact of these four wells to the Company will be significant.

On the WVDNR Pad in Wetzel County, West Virginia, the Company currently has a rig on location and has spud the vertical section of the WVDNR #1412. Following the completion of this well, the Company will begin drilling the WVDNR #1410, #1411 and #1413. The wells will be drilled horizontally with an expected true vertical depth of approximately 7,500 feet. The anticipated lateral lengths for the four wells will be approximately 3,930 feet, 4,630 feet, 5,325 feet and 5,840 feet, respectively. The WVDNR #1207, #1208, and #1209 (~100% working interest) flowed to production on April 2, 2014, and were subsequently shut-in on May 31, 2014 to prepare the pad location for drilling and development of these four additional down-dip laterals off the existing pad. For the seven-day period prior to shut-in, the WVDNR #1207, #1208, and #1209 had an average net daily production of approximately 1,575 Boe/d, or 9,450 Mcfe/d. The Company anticipates all eight wells (~100% working interest) will be online and flowing to sales via the Eureka Hunter Pipeline System in December 2014.

In June 2014, the Company announced the formation of a new joint venture with EdgeMarc Energy ("EdgeMarc") in Washington County, Ohio. The joint venture's Merlin Pad includes approximately 620 leasehold acres (approximately 14% working interest to Triad Hunter and 86% working interest to EdgeMarc) and is located approximately 5.1 miles southeast of Triad Hunter's Farley Pad. EdgeMarc is the operator of this pad and has recently drilled and cased the Merlin #10PPH Utica Shale well, which the parties estimate will have a true vertical depth of 8,050 feet and a lateral length of 7,200 feet. The wire line log interpretation completed on this well was very encouraging.

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