West Virginia: Antero resolving takeaway issues

By OGJ editors
– Antero Resources LLC, Denver, expects production boosts in June and August 2011 with completion of pipelines and compression that serve its West Virginia Marcellus shale gas operations.

Antero is operating five drilling rigs in the Marcellus play, all of them in northern West Virginia. The company has 143 MMcfd of gross operated production of which 97% is coming from 37 horizontal wells, resulting in 106 MMcfd of net production.

Another 30 MMcfd of gross operated deliverability is waiting on the completion of pipeline and facilities construction. Antero expects to alleviate the takeaway issue by June when the Jarvisville lateral is completed as a southerly extension to the Bobcat lateral and 46 MMcfd of compression capacity is commissioned at a new third party-owned compressor station.

The Tichenal lateral, a southerly extension to the Jarvisville lateral, is expected to be completed in August adding another 46 MMcfd of compression capacity to the system. Antero has nine more horizontal wells either completing or waiting on completion.

Antero has 171,000 net acres in the Appalachian basin Marcellus shale play of which only 8% was classified as proved at the end of 2010.

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