Since the New Production #'s Are Out From The Wet Utica Wells..The Trend Is Showing That The Utica Acerage Is Headed Upwards Of 25k-35k Per Acre! It is being compared to the Eagle Ford In Texas. What Are your Thoughts And Opinions?? Some Texas Leases Were $30k Per Acre!
Yes, Jim, I truly believe 'they really don't care' how much they pay (each other) in order to maintain control over the market. That's because they take it out of the consumer's hide by jacking up their prices at the pump and everywhere else their products are involved.
That's our capitalistic process at work.
Otherwise, why does the price still rise when demand drops ?
It's a rigged game dude.
The house (government and big business) always wins.
The consumer always loses.
What I'm saying is as landowners lets try to not get beaten up too badly in this process - lets us capitalize for once.
Notice I said too badly - that's because I know we'll be beaten up anyway but hopefully not too severely.
And actually, I don't see a need to continue the conversation beyond this point - I've said what I wanted to say - valid / understood / believed or not.
@ Pat Patterson,
Or a landowner who is not leased but has enough acreage to make a difference in assisting in establishing a 'drilling unit' should lease for maximum bucks and let the lessee construct the contiguous drilling unit.
It all boils down to the same thing as far as landowners are concerned....lease for maximum bucks.
I posted this earlier today, but apparently neglected to depress the "add Reply" button.
CHK sold a big piece of their Utica leases to Total late last year for $15K/acre. The Utica "play" at that point was (and actually still is) unproven except for CHK's announcement of initial well results of three wells in Carroll & Harrison County. Likewise, there were no pipelines or supporting infrastructure in place.
Therefore, I believe "hype" plays a large part in determining lease prices. I'm sure CHK had a boatload of convincing data to show Total that us "commoners" will never see.
BluFlame; $15K is a long way from $35K, Much of the $15K valuation would be just from the cost of aggregating all that land. And having three producing wells in place, at $6-8 million apiece adds a lot of value. And I am sure that they either had pipelines to these pads or were well on the way to getting them in place. And these wells produced valuable data and core samples that we will never see, additional siesmic work that was done, old well logs that were studied. The "hype" had to be backed up by a lot data before a company like Total would spring for billions.
Yes, a long way from $35K/acre, but ~ three times what any Utica landowner has received for his acreage. Pipelines and processing capacity are still a "work in progress" throughout the Utica play.
I guess the point here is that when the reserves are proven, pipelines available and processing on-stream, it's not inconceivable that prices could ascend to $35K/acre.
Another factor, of course, is trends in O&G commodity pricing which currently seem headed south.
Regarding data, and who can see it. I just looked at investor data from RRC, referenced elsewhere on GoMarcellus. There's a wealth of useful info to this discussion there, even though it doesn't change the quote regarding the unproven status of the Utica. If anybody's expert to do the math to get to a rational estimate of Utica values from the info there, I'd sure like to see it here, and if not, some of us amateurs will probably try it. I could understand an assumption like "Wet Utica = Super-Rich Marcellus" or such, for an early estimate.
For contrast, look at investor info from some of RRCs competitors in the area. There's one out there who's apparently been aggressive in acquiring land, or really up-sold some developed stuff, as their stock has outperformed by more than 10x since the Bush Crash in '08.
Page 22 of RRC's 5/28/2012 investor presentation shows the Utica divided into dry gas, wet gas and oil zones and overlaid with the locations of wells drilled by various companies. I thought it was interesting that the zones coincide with earlier rather than later ODNR-established boundaries. Other publicly-owned O&G companies have recently published similar maps. These assertions by the "experts" seem to de-bunk ODNR's assertion of a westerly shift of the boundaries.
Thanks for the info!
Look at the numbers from the RRC call. In the wet Marcellus they don't make money from a well until they hit ~$4.50mcf. At the strip price (assuming 10 year average of $92/bbl and $4.27mcf) they lose 29% of the LOE cost. That's bad economics.
Here's a responsible and enthusiastic view of the future values, maybe even would support the exaggerated numbers quoted here, if we live long enough...
Natural Gas on Historic Rise to Prominence in Global Energy
ExxonMobil CEO Addresses World Gas Conference in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jun 04, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
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safe, economically competitive, and environmentally responsible way
The historic shift of global energy markets toward increased use of natural gas
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Corporation (NYSE:XOM), said today.
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