Marcellus tops major U.S. shale plays in drill rig productivity
On a per-rig basis, Marcellus gas production is surpassing other major shale plays in the United States, according to an analysis from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Rigs are producing more gas because more infrastructure is coming on line, according to EIA economist Mike Ford.
“The ability to take gas out of the ground has been there for a while,” he says. “Now we actually have compressor stations, pipelines, and gathering lines to process it and take it to consumers.”
When it comes to overall production, Pennsylvania’s shale wells continue to break records. During the last six months of 2013, the state produced 1.7 trillion cubic feet of gas, or an average of 9.2 billion cubic feet per day – enough to satisfy about an eighth of the nation’s daily natural gas demand