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Noble Energy: Marcellus shale production jumps 38 percent

By Bob Downing Published: November 6, 2012

From the Marcellus Drilling News:

Earnings reports for the third quarter continue to roll out. Noble Energy provided their 3Q12 update. Noble is a large company with operations in a number of countries. Here in the U.S., Noble is actively drilling in the Marcellus Shale in West Virginia. They also have a joint venture in the Marcellus in Pennsylvania. Noble reports their Marcellus production grew to 102 million cubic feet per day in the third quarter, an increase of 38% over last quarter. They also report their first two wet gas wells have started to produce natural gas liquids and are doing better than expected.

Here’s the relevant portion of the Noble announcement that focuses on the Marcellus:


In the Marcellus Shale, activity continued to be focused in the highest return areas of the play. Volumes for the quarter were up 38 percent from the previous quarter and averaged 102 million cubic feet equivalent per day (MMcfe/d) net. Wet gas production began from the Company’s first pad, SHL-1, in late July and the SHL-3 pad in early September. Both liquid yield, which ranged from 65 to 80 barrels per million cubic feet, and natural gas rates were higher than expected from these pads. With the addition of two new-build rigs, operated rig count stands at three, two in the Majorsville area and one delineating a large JV acreage position in the Normantown area of West Virginia. In the dry gas area, our partner is operating two rigs in southwest Pennsylvania and continues completion operations in central Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia.*

To find out more about Noble’s overall financials and operations in other areas, click on the link below.

*Noble Energy (Oct 25, 2012) – Noble Energy Announces Third Quarter 2012 Results



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