Marcellus production led U.S. gas fields in 2013, EIA says
The Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania and West Virginia produced far more natural gas in 2013 than any other field in the United States, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Friday.
The EIA report said that Marcellus operators produced 2.86 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas in 2013, sharply higher than the Barnett Shale of Texas, with 1.95 tcf, which was the most-productive field the last time the survey was conducted in 2009.
The Marcellus, which underlies about two-thirds of Pennsylvania and most of West Virginia, also contains many more gas reserves than the Barnett field, the EIA said, citing an earlier report in which it estimated the Marcellus had 64.9 tcf at the end of 2013 compared with 26.0 tcf in the Texas field.
The EIA called the Marcellus a “notable addition” to its top 10 fields, which are among 100 for both gas and oil covered by the survey.
“The Marcellus Shale has surpassed the Barnett Shale to become the largest U.S. gas field ranked by proved reserves at the end of 2013,” the EIA’s latest report said.
The latest EIA report follows a biennial assessment by the Potential Gas Committee, a closely watched unit of the Colorado School of Mines, which said on April 8 that gas reserves in the Atlantic area that includes the Marcellus rose to 833 tcf last year, or some 13 percent higher than in its previous survey in 2012.