If you pull up the ODNR well maps of eastern Ohio, unlike most of the laterals spread across the Utica, one will notice Hilcorp's position near the PA border in Mahoning county showing a departure from the norm.  Hilcorp's Super well pad at the Poland Landfill shows tight long laterals underlying a significant portion of Springfield township.  One rig seems to be assigned to this pad and has been there for many weeks.

Now, if you connect the dots of what we know about the Hickory bend pipeline, the Columbiana leg ends in the farthest portion of the Brinker field and notice the unusual large size of the Salem-Grubs well unit, and the newer permits complementing the single lateral already drilled.  Could this be Columbiana's version of Hilcorp's super well?  When my company(Ohio Land Management) negotiated with Hilcorp's reps., in the beginning they were clear about Hilcorp and its focus to do multiwell pads.  Looking at what they have accomplished in the Poland landfill, I never expected a Super well pad like that.

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Kind of like EQT in Ritchie County WV. 7 to 12 wells per pad frack them 32 stages each, minimum pad size 40 acres Super pad and Super wells  for sure.


"... minimum pad size 40 acres Super pad ..."

40 acres seems like a giant waste of valuable corn / soybean farm land when CHPK is currently putting six (6) laterals on pads measuring only 5 to 7 acres ...

5 or 7 acres at the most. Gulfports are around 3: I've never heard of a 40 ac. pad. A Super pad is usually just a well site with multiple laterals going 2 directions

If these pads are truly 40 acres, there must be a reason for that amount of acreage.  My guess is that they will be placing holding tanks, driers, separators, compressors pumps and/or more.  There is no need for 40 acres just for the well heads.

The $64,000 question is ...

Does the Super Pad make any more Royalties per acre for the Royalty owner than a normal sized pad?


"... in the beginning they were clear about Hilcorp and its focus to do multiwell pads ..."

Very, very few pads have only 1 well per pad.

I think the average, for all drillers in Utica, is already 3 to 4 wells per pad and growing higher as more wells are drilled / completed  on the existing pads. Six (6) wells per pad is typical for CHPK in NE Ohio. Many times CHPK will start with one well going NW and one well going SE and then come back later to complete the other 4 wells ...

That"s what I have been seeing ....What constitutes a "Super Pad".....?

Magnum Hunters wellpad in s.e.ohio. 6 laterals in the Utica, 6 laterals in the Marcellus, and 6 in the upper Devonian. 18 total wells on one pad. Now that's a Super Pad!.  I would like to have just 1 acre in that unit!  Go figure the potential royalties. per acre.


" ... Go figure the potential royalties...."


About 3 TIMES a pad with just the typical six laterals per pad ...


1 acre in this PU vs 3 acres in regular PU ( about the same total $'s ) is not that much money, especially after the 1st year.


I prefer they come back after 5 more years and drill the second formation and then come back in 5 more years and drill the 3rd formation and so on ....




Utica Shale

can you explain how the landowner with the pad gets paid?


"... can you explain how the landowner with the pad gets paid? ..."

 RE: The PAD ...

 What does YOUR lease state for payment of "the pad"? Typically, you get a one-time payment for the pad.

 RE: Royalties ...

 This has been explained to you several times. Your royalties are based upon YOUR % acreage within the total acreage of the Production Unit. Note there is no mention of "the pad" in that previous sentence. 

Sorry, but  I think this "pad vs super pad" issue is really a non-issue for the average or typical landowner ...

Non-issue? I don't think it should be. I think the landowner should be paid for the production on every hole drilled on their land. don"t care where it comes from.


What's the total production per mo. from these 18 wells and how many acres in this unit?

Or does this pad launch out into several units?

Is it all gas or is there oil and liquids in the mix too?


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