From Magnum Hunter Resources today on its Utica-Marcellus shale operations:
Marcellus and Utica Shale
During the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company completed the drilling of 7 gross (7 net) wells and completed 8 gross (6 net) wells in the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale plays. These 8 gross (6 net) completed wells are currently flowing to sales via the Eureka Hunter Pipeline System. The Company's net production in the fourth quarter of 2013 attributable to Triad Hunter, LLC's operations was approximately 37.6 Mcfe/d, a 24% increase over such production during the fourth quarter of 2012.
The Company's first dry gas Utica Shale well, the Stalder #3UH located on the Stalder Pad (18 potential wells) in Monroe County, Ohio, was placed on production approximately two weeks ago and tested at a peak rate of 32.5 MMCF of natural gas per day on an adjustable rate choke with 4,300 psi FCP. The well continues to flow to sales points via the Eureka Hunter Pipeline System with the amount of frac water continuing to decrease since the commencement of initial sales.
The Company's first Marcellus Shale well drilled on the Stalder Pad, the Stalder #2MH, is awaiting the start of completion operations which the Company expects to commence in the next several weeks. The Stalder #2MH was drilled and cased to a true vertical depth of 6,070 feet with a 5,474 foot horizontal lateral. The Company expects the production from this well to be very liquids rich.
On the Farley Pad located in Washington County, Ohio, the Company has drilled and cased the Farley #1306H well in the Utica Shale to a true vertical depth of 7,850 feet with a 6,313 foot horizontal lateral. The Company has commenced the drilling of another Utica Shale well on the Farley Pad, the Farley #1304H. The Company is currently drilling the vertical section of this well and anticipates reaching a true vertical depth of 7,885 feet, and completing the drilling of a 5,500 foot horizontal lateral, within the next 30 days. Following the drilling of the Farley #1304H, the Company will begin fracture stimulation of these two new Farley wells in mid-March 2014 and expects to report initial production test rates in early-summer 2014 following an approximate 30-day resting period. The Company is in the advanced stages of negotiating new take-away capacity with a third-party midstream company and expects to be ready to flow production of all three wells on the Farley Pad to sales following the resting period.
On the WVDNR Pad located in Wetzel County, West Virginia, the Company has drilled and is in the process of completing three 100% owned Marcellus Shale wells, the WVDRN #1207, #1208 and #1209. The wells were drilled and cased to an average vertical depth of 7,500 feet with a 4,000 foot average horizontal lateral. The Company has fracture stimulated 9 of the proposed 20 stages on each of the three wells. During the last several weeks, the Company has experienced substantial completion delays in this region primarily due to the effects of extreme cold weather conditions. The Company expects to complete fracture stimulating the three WVDNR wells over the next 7 to 10 days, and anticipates production from the wells to begin to flow to sales in mid-March 2014.
On the Stewart Winland Pad located in Tyler County, West Virginia, the Company has drilled and cased the pad's first Marcellus Shale well, the Stewart Winland #1301. The Stewart Winland #1301 was drilled to a true vertical depth of 6,144 feet with a 5,770 foot horizontal lateral. The Company has skid the drilling rig and commenced the drilling of another Marcellus Shale well, the Stewart Winland #1302, on this pad. One additional Marcellus Shale well and one Utica Shale well will be subsequently drilled on this pad. The Company expects to report initial production test rates from the four wells on the Stewart Winland Pad during mid-summer 2014. As previously reported, the Company is in the process of making several production equipment changes at both its Collins and Spencer Pads in Tyler County, West Virginia to better handle the anticipated new liquids production. The Company is on target for these production equipment changes to be completed within the next 30 to 45 days. As a result, the Company does not expect to encounter any liquids infrastructure issues associated with the initial production from the four wells on the Stewart Winland Pad.