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U.S. Dry Shale Gas Production 2017

U.S. Dry Shale Gas Production 2017. Antrim, Bakken, Woodford, Barnett, Fayetteville, Eagle Ford, Haynesville, Marcellus, Utica, Permian, Rest of US Shale. Emanuel Martin.

The total production of dry shale gas in the United States in the month of August 2017 was 46,029 Bcf per day being the main producing fields Marcellus with 17,545Bcf/d, Permian with 5,082Bcf/d, Haynesville with 4,389bcf/d, Utica with 4,348Bcf/d, Eagle Ford with 4,085Bcf/d, Barnet with 2,795Bcf/d and Woodford with 2,483Bcf/d according to the monthly report submitted by the EIA.

Author:

Emanuel Omar Martin

Published online: 10/15/2017

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These seven shale plays produce 88,5% of the total shale gas production in the U.S. where Marcellus cover 38% of the total gas production as we can see in the picture.

U.S. Dry Shale Gas Production percentage. Antrim, Bakken, Woodford, Barnett, Fayetteville, Eagle Ford, Haynesville, Marcellus, Utica, Permian, Emanuel

Figure 1 shows the United Stated Dry Shale Gas Production in percentages. We can see here in an easy way which are the main shale gas producers in U.S. Marcellus, Fayetteville, Eagle Ford, Haynesville, Utica and Permian are the big shale gas players in USA controlling 70% of the total shale gas production in USA with Marcellus producing near the 40% with 17,575 billion cubic feet of gas per day.

U.S. historical production of dry shale gas:

The historical production of shale gas in the United States had a smooth beginning with a practically stable production during the first years.

High gas price between the years 2002 to 2008 resulted in an increase of the drilling of new wells; this produced the sustained growth in the gas production making duplicate it from 4,221Bcf/d (2007) to 8,78Bcf/d in just two years. From the year 2009 the production growth was more aggressive reaching a maximum production of 44,14Bcf/d in February 2016 from which it started to decline slightly in the following months to 42,26Bcf/d in October 2016 as a result of the strong disinvestment produced since the year 2015 in drilling of new wells.

U.S. Historical Dry Shale Gas Production. Antrim, Bakken, Woodford, Barnett, Fayetteville, Eagle Ford, Haynesville, Marcellus, Utica, Permian.

Figure 2 shows the historical shale gas production in United Stated by Play.

With the recovery of the gas price started again the activity in the plays producing a small increase in the gas production reaching 46,029Bcf/day in October of this year.

Weekly natural gas rig count and average spot Henry Hub, Shale Gas Production

Figure 3 shows the historical drilling activity in United Stated together with the gas prices (Henry Hub). We see here how the drilling activity is matching approximately the curve of the gas prices with months of delay and how the gas companies make the investments (in macro scale) to develop the gas fields in function of the gas price (Source: EIA).

Historical monthly production of shale gas by play:

Marcellus Shale Gas

The Marcellus Shale Gas Play is the biggest shale gas producer in the U.S. It’s located in the West Virginia and Pennsylvania States (Active Area) and there are 21 companies (main) working in the play.

The shale gas activity began in 2007 with production of dry shale gas and wet gas (NLG) being this last the main source of revenues for the play. The wells have a lateral length between 5,044ft and 6,570ft with 14 to 29 frack stages per well using 8MM Lbs to 10MMlbs of proppant. The EUR are found between 740BOE and 1109BOE with a well cost ranging from $4,9 to $7,9 million dollars giving us an average cost of 5,17$ per BOE.

Marcellus Dry Shale Gas Production August 2017, Emanuel Martin.

Figure 4 Marcellus Dry Shale Gas Production August 2017.

The large-scale field development began in January 2010 from which it has maintained a sustained growth reaching a current production of 17.545Bcf/day in August of this year.

Permian Shale Gas

The Permian Shale Gas Play is the second biggest shale gas producer in the U.S. It’s located in the West Texas and Eastern New Mexico being constituted by four plays: BoneSpring Play, Wolfcamp Delware Play, Wolfcamp Midland Play and Spraberry play.

The average wells in the Permian Region are:

  • in BoneSpring Play it has a lateral length of 4,967 ft with 12 Frack stages per well using around 4,1 MM Lbs of proppant and 6.6 MM gallons of fluid, with an average  EUR of 641,448Boe and a cost of 6,6$ MM per well.
  • in Wolfcamp Delware Play it has a lateral length of 5,578 ft with 20 Frack stages per well using around 6.2 MM Lbs of proppant and 6.6 MM gallons of fluid, with an average EUR of 641,448Boe and a cost of 7,7$ MM per well.
  • in Wolfcamp Midland Play it has a lateral length of 7,257 ft with 28 Frack stages per well using around 8,8 MM Lbs of proppant and 9,2 MM gallons of fluid with a cost of 7,8$ MM per well.
  • in Spraberry Play are drilled vertical to a depth of 9,000ft with 8 Frack stages per well using around 0.8 MM Lbs of proppant and 0,8 MM gallons of fluid, with an average EUR of 185,136Boe and a cost of 2,5$ MM per well.

Permian Dry Shale Gas Production August 2017, Emanuel Martin.

Figure 5: Permian Dry Shale Gas Production August 2017.

The large-scale field development began in the middle of the year 2009 from which it has maintained a sustained growth reaching a current production of 5.082Bcf/day in August of this year.

Haynesville Shale Gas

The Haynesville Shale Gas Play is the third biggest shale gas producer in U.S. It’s located in the Texas and Louisiana states and there are 32 (main operators) companies working in the play.

The well cost ranging from $7 to $9 million dollars with an EUR between 4,5 Bcfe and 6,5Bcfe per well. The operators are trying to reduce the average cost to 6,0-6,5$ million dollars per well there being isolated cases of wells that reach 21$ million dollars.

Haynesville Dry Shale Gas Production August 2017. Emanuel Martin.

Figure 6 Haynesville Dry Shale Gas Production August 2017.

The large-scale field development began in 2008 from which it had sustained growth reaching a maximum production of 7,2Bcf/d in January 2012 and since this month it started to decline to 3,51Bcf/d on March of 2016. With the increase in the gas price  recovered the drilling activity together with the gas production level which reached 4,389bcf per day in August of this year.

Utica Shale Gas

Utica Shale Gas Play is the fourth biggest shale gas producer in the U.S.. It’s located in the Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia States and there are 23 companies working in the play. The average EUR is 17-18Bcf per well or 2,5-3Bcf per 1000 feet of lateral length, the average well cost is around $12-16 million dollars. The field development began in 2011 from which it has maintained a sustained growth reaching a current production of 4,348 Bcf per day in August of this year.

Utica Dry Shale Gas Production August 2017. Emanuel Martin.

Figure 7 Utica Dry Shale Gas Production August 2017.

Eagle Ford Shale Gas

The Eagle Ford Shale Gas Play is the fifth biggest shale gas producer in the U.S. It’s located in the Texas Texas State and there are around 200 active operator working in the play. The average well has a lateral length from 5,469 ft to 6,655ft with 19-22 Frack stages per well using 7,0 MM Lbs of proppant and 6.2 MM gallons of fluid, with an EUR of 514,700Boe (13.84 $/Boe) and a cost ranging from $6,9 to $7,6 million dollars per well.

Eagle Ford Dry Shale Gas Production August 2017. Emanuel Martin.

Figure 8 Eagle Ford Dry Shale Gas Production August 2017.

The large-scale development of the play began in January 2011 from which it had sustained growth reaching a maximum production of 5.15Bcf/d in October 2015 and since this month it started to decline reaching a minimum production of 3,886Bcf/d in March of 2017. The activity in the play started to grow again with the increase of the gas price reaching production of 4,09Bcf per day in August of this year.

Barnett Shale Gas

The Barnett Shale Gas Play is the sixth biggest shale gas producer in the U.S. It’s located in the Texas State and there are 16 (main) companies working in the play. The average EUR is 1,6Bcfe per well with a well cost ranging from $1,6 to $3,7 million dollars.

Barnett Dry Shale Gas Production August 2017. Emanuel Martin.

Figure 9 Barnett Dry Shale Gas Production August 2017.

The development of the field has maintained a sustained growth reaching a maximum production of 5.01Bcf/d in November 2011from which has begun to decline year after year reaching a current gas production of 2,795 Bcf per day in August of this year.

Woodford Shale Gas

The Woodford Shale Gas Play is the seventh biggest shale gas producer in the U.S. It’s located in the Oklahoma State and there are more than 13 companies working in the play. The average EUR is 4,0Bcfe/well in the Western and 1,0Bcfe/well in the Central Woodford.

Woodford Dry Shale Gas Production August 2017. Emanuel Martin.

Figure 10 Woodford Dry Shale Gas Production August 2017.

The average well cost ranging from $6 to $7 million dollars in the Western and between $4,6 to $8 million dollars in the Central W. The large-scale field development began in 2007 from which it has maintained a sustained growth reaching a current production of 2,483Bcf/day in August of this year.

Fayetteville Shale Gas

The Fayetteville Shale Gas Play is the eighth biggest shale gas producer in the U.S.

It’s located in the Arkansa State and there are 11 (main operators) companies working in the play. The average EUR is 0,545Bcfe per well in the Western and 3,372 Bcfe per well in Central Faytteville. The well cost ranging from $1,75 to $3,6 million dollars.

Fayetteville Dry Shale Gas Production August 2017

Figure 11 Fayetteville Dry Shale Gas Production August 2017.

The large-scale field development began in September 2007 from which it had a sustained growth reaching a maximum production of 2,90Bcf/d in November 2012 and since this month it started to decline having a current production of 1,616Bcf per day in August of this year.

Bakken Shale Gas

The Bakken Shale Gas Play is the ninth biggest shale gas producer in the U.S. It’s located in the North Dakota State and Eastern Montana. The average well has a lateral length ranging from 8,630 ft to 9,670ft with 25 to 31 frack stages per well using 4,6MMlbs of proppant and 4,4 MM gallons of fluid reaching an EUR of 425,627BOE with a well cost of 7,5-8,1 million dollars. The average cost to produce a barrel of equivalent oil is 15.67$.

Bakken Dry Shale Gas Production August 2017. Emanuel Martin.

Figure 12 Bakken Dry Shale Gas Production August 2017.

The large-scale field development began in 2010 from which it has maintained a sustained growth with a light fluctuation between the years 2016 and beginning of 2017 due to the low gas prices, reaching in August of 2017 a current production of 1,24Bcf per day.

Antrim Shale Gas

The Antrim Shale Gas Play is the tenth biggest shale gas producer in the U.S. It’s located in the Michigan State and there are 4 leading companies working in the play. The average EUR is 0,28Bcfe per well with a well cost ranging from $0,3 to $0,5 million dollars.

Antrim Dry Shale Gas Production August 2017. Emanuel Martin.

Figure 13 Antrim Dry Shale Gas Production August 2017. 

Its production has been decreasing steadily since the year 2000 reaching a current gas production of 0.21bcf per day in August of this year.

U.S. Shale Gas Production per month and play

United Stated Dry Shale Gas Production per month and play, Antrim, Bakken, Woodford, Barnett, Fayetteville, Eagle Ford, Haynesville, Marcellus, Utica,

Figure 14 Shale Gas Production per month and play.

 

Reference:

U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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U.S. Dry Shale Gas Production 2017

The total production of dry shale gas in the United States in the month of August 2017 was 46,029 Bcf per day being the main producing fields Marcellus with 17,545Bcf/d, Permian with 5,082Bcf/d, Haynesville with 4,389bcf/d, Utica with 4,348Bcf/d, Eagle Ford with 4,085Bcf/d, Barnet with 2,795Bcf/d and Woodford with 2,483Bcf/d according to the monthly report submitted by the EIA.
Emanuel Martin
Emanuel Martin is a Petroleum Engineer graduate from the Faculty of Engineering and a musician educate in the Arts Faculty at National University of Cuyo.
http://www.allaboutshale.com

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