A well in northern West Virginia has become the biggest producer of Utica shale gas in the region that includes Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, its Texas-based operator has reported.
The so-called Stewart Winland 1300U well, in Tyler County, also is among the biggest-producing shale wells in the United States, according to Magnum Hunter Resources of Houston.
Well production began last week and has reached 46.5 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, the company reported. That’s enough gas to heat nearly 241,000 houses for a day.
The biggest Utica well in Ohio is a Rice Energy well in Belmont County, with daily production of 41.7 million cubic feet of natural gas.
“We believe that this new discovery on the Stewart Winland Pad … represents the greatest flow rate and one of the highest sustained flowing casing pressures of any Utica well drilled in the entire play of Ohio and West Virginia,” company chairman and CEO Gary C. Evans said. “Additionally, it is one of the highest flow rate gas wells ever reported in any shale play located in the U.S.”
Magnum Hunter Resources expects to drill additional wells south of Stewart Winland, Evans said.
The West Virginia well was drilled to a depth of 10,825 feet with a 5,289-foot lateral. The well is producing nearly 98 percent natural gas with few liquids, Evans said.
It is the second Utica well drilled in West Virginia, where the shale formation is deeper and more expensive to tap. Chevron Corp. drilled the first in Marshall County earlier this year.
Magnum Hunter Resources said it has three wells nearby in the Marcellus shale of West Virginia ready to begin production. The company is awaiting state permits.
The company owns about 200,000 net acres in West Virginia and Ohio, in which 43,000 acres overlap with drillers able to tap multiple shales.
This article was written by BOB DOWNING from The Akron Beacon Journal and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.