Utica is no longer just an emerging play

August 11, 2014

The graph above shows the average 30-day initial production and light oil content for Utica wells, year by year. The graph compares the Utica results with the other US shale gas plays.

Rystad Energy assesses the Utica Shale play to be no longer an emerging play, but a full-blown commercial play. Within a year, Utica Shale well count rose from 80 wells drilled in 2012 to 300 wells drilled in 2013. By that, Utica surpassed Haynesville in the number of new wells spud, with 300 compared to 200 wells drilled in Haynesville. Utica is also on track to surpass Barnett Shale in 2014, making it the second largest gas play in the US.

In terms of initial production, Haynesville wells have the best results, followed by Marcellus and Utica. In terms of light oil content, Utica is significantly higher than the other three gas plays with ~25% on average.

Rystad Energy data is based on well level production data provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. This data provides useful insight regarding industry drilling activity, hydrocarbon windows, and well performance across Ohio.