Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) - Marcellus Shale Pennsylvania

By Tim -

Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) recently reported an operational update on the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania.

Cabot's Marcellus effort created a further step change as the Company exited 2011 with field production at 600 Mmcf per day, up from 236 Mmcf per day at the end of 2010 and up nine-fold since the end of 2009. This performance was driven by superior drilling results, including a dozen wells with initial production rates of more than 20 Mmcf per day, and a year where many of Cabot's wells stood out as the top performing wells in Pennsylvania's regulatory filings. For the year, Cabot completed 66 Marcellus wells with a total of 904 frac stages.

Specifically, in data just released by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PaDEP) on cumulative production for the last six months of 2011, Cabot had eight of the top 10 performing wells. In addition, for two of the identified wells, Cabot booked initial estimated ultimate recoverys (EURs) in excess of 20 Bcf each. These two wells, on one pad, have been on production for about 275 days and have cumulative production of 4.5 Bcf each. The Company does have one other well that has exceeded 5.0 Bcf of production since being placed on-line in the summer of 2010. "Also of note, is the result from our first pad drilling effort, which to date has produced 12.5 Bcf in less than 500 days and is still producing about 16 Mmcf per day from three wells," said Dan O. Dinges, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.