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Ohio Unconventional Oil, Gas Production Continues Increasing

Ohio's horizontal shale wells produced 3.5 million bbl of oil and about 164.8 Bcf of natural gas in the fourth quarter, according to newly released data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

From 2013 to 2014, ODNR said unconventional oil production in the state increased 200%, while unconventional natural gas production  increased by 350%. In 4Q2013, 352 shale wells produced 1.4 million bbl of oil and 43.1 Bcf of natural gas (see Shale Daily, April 25, 2014). Fourth quarter unconventional production also increased from the 132 Bcf of natural gas and 3 million bbl of oil reported in 3Q2014 (see Shale Daily, Dec. 5, 2014).

Ohio law does not require the separate reporting of natural gas liquids. Those totals are included in natural gas volumes.

ODNR's fourth quarter report lists 828 horizontal Marcellus and Utica Shale wells, of which 779 reported production. The majority of those are Utica Shale wells; only 44 Marcellus wells have been permitted in the state. Forty-seven wells had no production and were awaiting pipeline infrastructure, the agency said.

The average amount of oil produced by each horizontal well during the quarter was 4,568 bbl and the average amount of natural gas produced was 211.5 MMcf. The average number of days in production was 80.

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