by: Tom Knox
An energy company is planning to drill into rock from the Utica and Marcellus plays on the same well pad in Ohio. That means wells just feet apart will capture dry gas from Utica shale and oil and natural gas liquids from Marcellus shale. Magnum Hunter Resources Corp.’s first Utica dry gas well on its Stalder well pad in Monroe County began producing Feb. 9, and tested at a peak rate of 32.5 million cubic feet per day, a high initial production level. That well, dubbed No. 3UH, was drilled to a depth of 10,653 feet. Another well, No. 2MH, is expected to begin production this month. It was drilled 6,070 feet deep.
“We expect the production from this well to be very liquids-rich,” the company said in its fourth-quarter earnings report. There is far less activity on the Marcellus play inside Ohio’s border than the Utica. The state Department of Natural Resources reports 36 permits to horizontally drill the Marcellus, while the Utica play has drawn 1,123 permits. Drilling two plays from a single well pad makes economic sense. Once a well is drilled, a rig doesn’t have to move far to drill the next one, and less equipment is needed at different locations.
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