Here are some interesting Utica shale tidbits from last month’s teleconferences with major energy companies:
1. Gulfport Energy is testing different fracking sands at two of its adjoining wells.
The Lyon wells in northwest Harrison County are getting different sands to determine which works best, and the outcome of that test will be known in the coming weeks, company officials said.
One well was fracked with 500,000 pounds of 20-40 sand per stage. The other was fracked with 500,000 pounds per stage of 30-50 sand.
2. Gulfport also reported that it has drilled its longest lateral, to date.
The McCort well in Belmont County has a lateral that is 9,485 feet long.
The total measured depth was more than 17,000 feet, the company said.
The longer lateral will produce more product, Gulfport said.
It said the break-even point for laterals is between 6,000 and 6,500 feet.
The company also used a rotary steerable system to drill that lateral.
3. Chesapeake Energy Corp. reported that it is seeing significant savings at one well pad in Carroll County.
The Coe unit cost nearly $8.5 million for the first well. The next five wells were drilled and completed at an average of only $5.9 million, the company said.
That is a 30 percent decrease, it said.
4. Chesapeake Energy is allocating drilling and completion capital expenditures on liquids in 2013. It has earmarked $6 billion.
The Utica shale is getting 11 percent of those funds.
The Marcellus North is getting 6 percent and the Marcellus South is getting 8 percent.
The biggest chunk of those 2013 funds are going to the Eagle Ford shale in Texas (35 percent) and the Greater Anadarko Basin in Texas and Oklahoma (28 percent).
The $6 billion is down 39 percent from 2012 budget totals.
Chesapeake is operating 14 drilling rigs in the Utica shale.
5. Gulfport Energy’s two Shugert wells in Belmont County are still No. 1 and No. 2 in Ohio for natural gas.
The wells are, in 24-hour gross production rates, producing 16.3 and 14.9 MMcf per day, respectively.
The Boy Scout well in Harrison County is producing the most oil for Gulfportl: 449 barrels per day.
6. Antero Resources had completed six horizontal wells, to date, in the Utica shale..
The company has 92,000 net acres in the southern part of the Utica area.
It is operating two rigs with a third rig expected in the fourth quarter 2013.
7, Ohio’s ill-defined black oil window remains a mystery.
Drillers are seeking the black oil window that lies west of what the drillers are calling the volatile oil window that is starting to emerge.
Devon Energy tried to tap that play in Medina, Ashland, Wayne and Knox counties to the west of where everyone else was drilling in the Utica shale.
That effort did not succeed.
But Ohio’s black oil window “appears to be normally pressured and thermally immature,” said John Walker of Texas-based EV Energy Partners.
That, he said, is the reason that his company sold the leases in that window to Chesapeake in 2010 and Chesapeake in turn sold the acreage to Devon at the end of 2011.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.