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ODNR releases 2012 production figures for shale wells

January 6, 2014
By LARRY SHIELDS - Staff Writer (lshields@salemnews.net) , Salem News

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management, released the production figures for Utica shale wells for Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2012.

It is the first yearly report on the wells which list the location, owner name, amount of oil by barrels, gas, by millions of cubic feet, brine by barrels and the number of days the well produced. Statewide, there were 85 wells. Of these 63 were commercial producing wells with 53 owned by Chesapeake Energy Corp. The statewide figures represent total production days at 7,672.

The information is available on the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website at: oilandgas.ohiodnr.gov/shale#UTICA.

The oil and gas division said of the 85 wells, 63 were commercial producing wells, 19 were tested and shut-in and three were dry and abandoned.

"None of the wells were produced for the entire year," the state agency said, adding that oil and brine are reported in barrels (42 U.S. gallons) and gas is reported in MCF (1,000 cubic feet).

Chesapeake Energy had the most producing wells. Carroll County, the top producing county, had 39 of the 53 owned by the company. Columbiana County had five producing wells all owned by Chesapeake Energy, with three in West Township, and one each in Knox and Hanover townships.

Fact Box

County wells productive during third quarter of 2013

By TOM GIAMBRONI

Staff Writer

LISBON - Ten Columbiana County oil and gas wells were among 245 statewide that produced more in three months last year than all of 2012, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The report released last week provided production figures for drilling activity in Ohio's Utica shale play during the third quarter of 2013. This is the first time the quarterly figures were made available since a new state law passed requiring companies to file production reports every quarter instead of yearly.

The report noted there are 285 horizontal wells, of which 245 were in production between July and September, producing 1.3 million barrels of oil and 33.6 billion cubic feet (MCF) of natural gas. In 2012, there were 85 wells in production that generated 635,876 barrels of oil and 12.8 billion MCF of gas.

An MCF is equal to 1,000 feet of natural gas, while a barrel is equal to 42 gallons.

The county only had five wells in production in 2012, but five more came on line last year. Following are the third-quarter production numbers for all 10 wells and the number of days they were in operation:

- Ayrview Acres No. 1 in West Township: 3,319 barrels of oil and 22,914 MCF of gas; 72 days.

- Ayrview Acres No. 2 in West Township: 1,989 barrels of oil and 15,873 MCF of gas; 88 days.

- Ayrview Acres No. 3 in West Township: 4,822 barrels of oil and 33,697 MCF of as; 83 days.

- Hanover Farms No. 1 in Hanover Township: 707 barrels of oil and 42,140 MCF of gas; 13 days.

- Hanover Farms No. 1 in Hanover Township: 191 barrels of oil and 18,390 MCF of gas; eight days.

- Henderson property in West Township: 3,050 barrels of oil and 35,238 MCF of gas; 70 days.

- Milltree No. 1 in Franklin Township: 260,149 barrels of oil and 2,577 MCF of gas; 82 days.

- Milltree No. 2 in Franklin Township: 232,523 barrels of oil and 4,639 MCF of gas; 85 days.

- Sanor Farms in Knox Township: 1,508 barrels of oil and 14,781 MCF of gas; 80 days.

- Grubbs property in Salem Township: 5 barrels of oil and 372,000 MCF of gas; 87 days.

The 10 wells also produced a combined 18,077 barrels of brine, a salty byproduct of drilling.

The wells are among 97 wells in various stages of development at 74 drilling sites in the county.

Total oil production from Columbiana County's five wells over 2012 was 24,085 barrels, total gas production was 132,599 MCF and brine produced was 35,914.73 barrels.

The wells in Columbiana County were in production for a total of 282 days.

The two top producers in Columbiana County were the Ayrview Acres well in West Township which produced 9,101.63 barrels of oil and 40,663 MCF of gas in 32 days and the Sanor Farms well in Knox Township which produced 8,832.99 barrels of oil and 54,730 mfc of gas during 204 days of operation.

In Mahoning County, one Chesapeake well in Milton Township produced 816.87 barrels of oil, no gas and 2,799 barrels of brine and the well was producing for 36 days.

No producing wells were reported from Trumbull County.

ODNR said that of the 19 wells that have not been placed into commercial production, 17 did report incidental volumes of crude oil and natural gas that were recovered during flowback of hydraulic fracturing fluids.

It also noted that the column labeling the number of days reflects the actual number of days a well produced.

"This does not necessarily indicate consecutive days of production," ODNR said, adding, "further, it is very unlikely that the wells are being produced at anything near full capacity. Wells produced at high initial rates have the potential of being permanently damaged."

 
 

 

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