Appalachian

Work on Shell’s Pennsylvania Ethane Cracker Progressing, but Schedule Clouded by Covid-19

Work on Shell’s Pennsylvania Ethane Cracker Progressing, but Schedule Clouded by Covid-19

Construction of Royal Dutch Shell plc’s multi-billion dollar ethane cracker in western Pennsylvania is about 70% complete, while the 98-mile pipeline system that would feed the facility is 95% complete, a company executive said Tuesday, noting that the Covid-19 pandemic has complicated the project. “All of the major equipment is up, all of the modules…

September 29, 2020
Mountaineer NGL Storage Pulls Key Ohio Permits, But Project Still Moving Ahead

Mountaineer NGL Storage Pulls Key Ohio Permits, But Project Still Moving Ahead

An underground natural gas liquids (NGL) storage project in Ohio — seen as key to the Appalachian Basin’s petrochemical buildout — has hit another snag as its backers have withdrawn their permits in the face of a lawsuit from environmental groups.  The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) last week cancelled three permits to drill…

September 29, 2020
Natural Gas Futures Slip as EIA Storage Data Reflects ‘Woefully Oversupplied’ Market

Natural Gas Futures Slip as EIA Storage Data Reflects ‘Woefully Oversupplied’ Market

Natural gas futures buckled under pressure Thursday after a slightly larger-than-expected storage injection sapped the momentum prices had earlier in the week. The September Nymex futures contract settled at $2.165, down 2.6 cents day/day. October also slipped 2.6 cents to $2.305. Spot gas prices softened across the board as well, dragging down NGI’s Spot Gas…

August 6, 2020
Gulfport Keeping Utica Natural Gas Curtailed to Await Better Prices

Gulfport Keeping Utica Natural Gas Curtailed to Await Better Prices

Gulfport Energy Corp. is still curtailing Appalachian natural gas production in anticipation of better prices later this year and into 2021.  Given an uncertain economic outlook, weak energy demand and a slight rebound in associated gas volumes, Gulfport remains “cautious near-term on natural gas pricing,” said CEO David Wood during a call to discuss second…

August 6, 2020
Southwestern Focused on Dry Natural Gas Production as Prices Seen Increasing

Southwestern Focused on Dry Natural Gas Production as Prices Seen Increasing

Southwestern Energy Co. shifted toward producing more dry natural gas in the second quarter as it anticipates a rebound in prices as the winter nears.  The company had been focused on the wet gas window in West Virginia, but shifted more rigs to Northeast Pennsylvania with planned well counts now divided equally between the two…

August 3, 2020
Ohio NGL Project Lands First Customer in Possible Breakthrough for Appalachian Hub

Ohio NGL Project Lands First Customer in Possible Breakthrough for Appalachian Hub

Plans for an underground natural gas liquids (NGL) storage facility in Ohio seen as key to the region’s petrochemical build-out have moved another step closer to reality as the backer of a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker has signed a preliminary agreement to further its development.   Energy Storage Ventures LLC (ESV) and an affiliate of Thailand’s…

July 27, 2020
Montage Strikes Deal to Sell Utica Gathering Infrastructure

Montage Strikes Deal to Sell Utica Gathering Infrastructure

Appalachian pure-play Montage Resources Corp. has agreed to sell noncore natural gas gathering assets in Ohio’s Utica Shale to an undisclosed company for $25 million.  Montage said an international company agreed to purchase the infrastructure, which is in a condensate development area. The transaction is expected to close in 4Q2020. Proceeds would be used to…

July 27, 2020
North America Likely Taking Biggest Hit from Pullback in Global Oil, Gas Drilling

North America Likely Taking Biggest Hit from Pullback in Global Oil, Gas Drilling

The number of oil and natural gas wells likely to be drilled around the world this year is forecast to hit its lowest level since at least the early 2000s, with North America the most impacted from slumping demand in the age of Covid-19. An analysis by Rystad Energy issued on Tuesday pegged the number…

July 14, 2020
Big Win for ACP as U.S. Supreme Court Reverses Decision in Appalachian Trail Crossing Case

Big Win for ACP as U.S. Supreme Court Reverses Decision in Appalachian Trail Crossing Case

In a major victory for the embattled Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reversed a lower court ruling that had jeopardized the 604-mile, 1.5 Bcf/d project’s proposed crossing beneath the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

June 15, 2020
Natural Gas Prices Jump on EQT 1.4 Bcf/d Curtailment

Natural Gas Prices Jump on EQT 1.4 Bcf/d Curtailment

Equitrans Midstream Corp. said in a regulatory filing on Monday its largest customer, EQT Corp., is temporarily curtailing 1.4 Bcf/d of production in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

May 19, 2020