Range Resources' drilling program continues to achieve excellent results. At our Nora field in Virginia two separate pilot programs to test downspacing of coal bed methane and tight gas sand wells are achieving early positive results.
Our first horizontal well was completed to the Huron shale in the fourth quarter and achieved commercial rates. Ten additional horizontal shale wells are planned here in 2008. Currently the field is producing about 50 Mmcfe per day, net to Range's interest.
With continued positive results in our downspacing programs, there could be as many as 6,000 remaining drilling locations. In our North Texas Barnett Shale play, we currently own in excess of 100,000 net acres and production is now averaging 98 Mmcfe per day, a three-fold increase versus the same time last year.
Two new wells drilled in Tarrant County were recently placed on production at initial rates of 8.9 (6.2 net) and 8.3 (5.8 net) Mmcfe per day. Finally, in the Marcellus Shale play in the Appalachian Basin our leasehold position now totals 1.1 million net acres, of which 650,000 net acres are currently considered prospective for shale gas development.
Our latest horizontal shale completion just came online at 3.3 Mmcfe per day. This is in addition to the two horizontal shale completions announced last week which came on line at 4.7 and 4.0 mcfe per day. In the last seven months, Range has drilled seven successive horizontal shale wells in the play with initial production rates ranging between 3.2 to 4.7 Mmcfe per day.
Given our substantial acreage position, this play represents as much as 10 to 15 Tcfe in unproven unrisked reserve potential for the Company. In 2008, we plan to drill a total of 60 Marcellus shale wells, 40 of which are planned as horizontal wells.
"Our drilling inventory now exceeds 11,000 locations, and we are off to a fast start with our 2008 drilling program," said President and CEO John Pinkerton. "Importantly, we continue to make solid progress with regard to delineating and expanding our emerging plays. The unrisked reserve potential of the drilling inventory and emerging plays far exceeds our current proven reserves and will be the catalyst for our future growth for many years to come."
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