Optimizing Production in the Utica

By Jaclyn Townsend
Marketing, MicroSeismic, Inc.

The Utica shale formation is one of the newest natural gas discoveries in North America. Estimates of natural gas deposits in the formation range from a low of about 2 trillion cubic feet (tcf) to a high of 60 to 70 tcf (UOGR). Currently, most companies active in the Utica shale are drilling exploratory wells on the Canadian side of the border and some production rates have tested up to 1 million cubic feet per day.

With underlying portions in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia and also present beneath parts of Ontario, Canada, some geologists have proposed the Utica gas-bearing formation as extensive. The most familiar shale formation in this area is the better-known Marcellus shale.

While the Marcellus fracture sets have been studied comprehensively, fracture sets in the Utica Shale are not as well known. Mary Ellison, Geologist III, at MicroSeismic was recently featured in the March edition of the American Oil and Gas Reporter where she revealed overlapping data from both the Utica and Marcellus shales. Mary’s article goes on to discuss how knowing the natural and induced fracture patterns will assist Marcellus and Utica operators in optimizing production.

Check out the full article here “Microseismic Reveals Fracture Patterns” or register for our FREE May webcast on May 20th where Mary will discuss the exact methods used to collect the data which revealed fracture patterns in both plays. To register for our May webcast, click here.

Understanding the natural and induced fracture patterns will support operators in optimizing production in a booming and forward-moving segment of the industry. MicroSeismic is consistently motivated to stay ahead of the curve. As we develop new methods and technologies to provide our customers with the best data possible, they are then able to design future wells and completion strategies more efficiently and cost effectively.