Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Range Resources Q1 output up on Marcellus Shale drilling; Targeting Marcellus to be self-funding 2013 and capture full resource potential

Natural gas company, Range Resources Corp reports increase in its Q1 2011 production as the company focused on drilling the liquids-rich portion of the Marcellus Shale play in Pennsylvania and the Midcontinent regions. The company's production volumes up 17% to 545.5 mmcfepd, and they are on track to produce 400 mmcfe by the end of 2011. Range says by the end of 2012 they will be producing 600 mmcfe. Due to the outstanding performance of its existing wells combined with the initial performance of the newly connected wells, Range's Marcellus production has temporarily outgrown the existing infrastructure.
Range Expects the Marcellus Division to be a Value Driver for the Future
The Marcellus now appears to be the second or third largest natural gas play ever discovered in the world.  With the benefit of a large, liquids-rich window in southwestern Pennsylvania, the Marcellus offers the best economics of any large-scale, repeatable play in the US.  A significant portion of Range's acreage also offers the benefit of natural gas potential from the Upper Devonian and Utica shale formations that lie above and below the Marcellus.  In 2011, Range is directing 86% of its capital budget toward development drilling in the region.
Range has ~550,000 net acres in the SW part of the play. Over 800 wells have significantly de-risked 460,000 of Range’s acres. Assuming 80 acre spacing, and that 80% of this acreage will be drilled, this equates to 4,600 wells. The resource potential is for the Marcellus and does not include any potential from other shale zones. Utica and Upper Devonian shale wells have been completed and are currently waiting on pipeline connection.
Range is giving up 113 mcfe a day of natural gas production capacity with its 52,000 acre Barnett Shale sale. The $900 million Range gets for Barnett, coupled with cash flow and another $200-250 million in expected non-core asset sales this year, not only funds 2011 Marcellus development but also carries $400 million forward for 2012 development. Couple in 2011 and 2012’s development and production growth and Range expects 2013’s capex will be funded solely from its own cash flow.
Key Marcellus Deals in 2010 and 2011
Source: Derrick Petroleum E&P Transactions Database
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