Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation announced a new Joint Operating Agreement ("Agreement") with Eclipse Resources I, LP ("Eclipse"), a privately-held company headquartered in State College, Pennsylvania. The contract area covers an existing mineral leasehold position currently owned by both companies in the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale Formations located in Monroe County, Ohio.
Terms of the new Agreement include Magnum Hunter's wholly-owned subsidiary, Triad Hunter, LLC ("Triad Hunter") and Eclipse, collectively working together within the contract area on an equal and joint basis on approximately 1,950 net mineral acres with the objective of drilling approximately twelve horizontal wells in the Marcellus Shale and twelve horizontal wells in the Utica Shale over the next three years. It is estimated that the total combined capital costs associated with this development effort in the contract area will exceed $200 million. Triad Hunter has been designated Operator within the contract area and each company will own approximately 47% working interest under the Agreement. The balance of the working interest within the contract area is owned by industry third parties. Eclipse has also agreed to commit its share of production from the contract area to a new pipeline system currently under construction by Magnum Hunter's subsidiary, Eureka Hunter Pipeline, LLC.
Magnum Hunter Management Comments
Mr. James W. Denny, III, President of Triad Hunter, LLC, commented, "We are pleased to partner with such a formidable competitor in our region such as Eclipse Resources. Our geological interpretation of this area indicates the potential to yield not only high volume wells in the Utica Shale, but it is also located within the liquids-rich regime of the Marcellus Shale where Triad Hunter has already drilled two successful Marcellus wells immediately adjacent to these properties. Due to the treacherous terrain in this region and the need to minimize our collective footprint, forming partnerships like this enable us to maximize drainage of our leasehold position. This joint venture allows Triad Hunter to continue its strategy of developing high-quality reserves, while providing our midstream affiliate, Eureka Hunter Pipeline, the opportunity to further expand its footprint into Ohio."
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