US shale gas production reached record highs in 2013, thanks largely to four states – Texas, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Arkansas – which accounted for 26 billion cubic feet per day (736 million cubic metres per day: MMcm/d), according to a November report by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). This was nearly 80% of US shale gas output in 2013.
“Total US gas gross withdrawals reached a new high at 82 bcf/d in 2013, with shale gas wells becoming the largest source of total gas production, providing nearly 33 bcf/d or 40% of gas produced in the United States,” the EIA said in its Today in Energy report.
“New technology has enabled producers to shift production to resources that are now easier to reach and have lower drilling costs,” the EIA report said. “These trends have been reflected in a lower market price of natural gas.
“In 2007, shale gas wells made up 8% of total gas produced in the United States, with 63% of shale gas production coming from Texas,” the EIA added. The four largest shale gas producing states owed their high production volumes in 2013 to the huge shale reserves stretching across their borders.
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