J.D. Prose | Beaver County Times
After Marcellus shale natural gas production topped 15 billion cubic feet per day in July, it is expected to surpass 16 billion cubic feet per day in October, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said Monday.
The EIA’s Drilling Productivity Report said production in September was 15.8 billion cubic feet per day, the result of a steady increase from 15.6 billion cubic feet per day in August. July was the first time Marcellus production had met the mark of 15 billion cubic feet per day.
The EIA estimated that daily production in October will rise by 222 million cubic feet per day to just slightly more than 16 billion cubic feet per day.
The Utica shale formation in eastern Ohio is expected to produce 1.46 billion cubic feet per day in October, up from 1.38 billion cubic feet per day this month. Utica accounted for 1.27 billion cubic feet per day in August and outpaced EIA estimates for September.
For September, the Marcellus shale is expected to lead the way in daily production followed by Eagle Ford in Texas (6.8 bcf/d), Haynesville in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana (6.7 bcf/d), Permian in Texas (5.7 bcf/d), Niobrara in Wyoming and Colorado (4.5 bcf/d) Bakken in North Dakota and Montana (1.39 bcf/d), and the Utica.