PITTSBURGH--()--EQT Corporation (NYSE: EQT) today reported year-end 2012 total proved reserves of 6,004 Bcfe. This represents a 639 Bcfe net increase over the 5,365 Bcfe reported last year, with a reserve replacement ratio of 345%. The Company's Marcellus proved reserves increased by 864 Bcfe based on wells drilled in 2012, a higher estimated ultimate recovery (EUR) from reduced cluster spacing wells, and an increased well density across a portion of its acreage in Greene County, Pennsylvania. The utilization of reduced cluster spacing increased EUR an average of 23% per well, where applicable. Reduced cluster spacing was used for approximately 25% of the proved developed wells, and will be used for 25% of the proved undeveloped wells. The EUR of proved Marcellus wells averaged 6.4 Bcfe, with an average length of pay of 4,512 feet.
For 2012, drill bit finding costs were $0.53 per Mcfe. The Company's Marcellus proved developed producing (PDP) additions totaled 309 Bcfe on $389 million of capital for a development cost of $1.26 per Mcfe. PDP negative revisions totaled 110 Bcfe, primarily due to a reduction in expected well life, as a result of lower natural gas prices. Nearly all of the negative revisions relate to Coal Bed Methane (CBM) and other vertical wells.
EQT estimates year-end 2012 total reserves, including proved, probable and possible (3P) reserves, at 25.9 Tcfe, an increase of 4.5 Tcfe over the 2011 estimate. More than half of the 3P reserves increase was from a portion of the Company's 170,000 Upper Devonian net acreage, which are expected to be developed independently from the Marcellus. The Company also has approximately 13,600 net Utica acres in Ohio, which add an insignificant amount of possible reserves. To delineate the plays, EQT plans to drill 11 Upper Devonian and 8 Utica wells in 2013.
Ryder Scott Company, petroleum consultants audited 100% of the Company’s proved reserves, while estimated 3P reserves are determined in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Commission regulations. The Company also made an assessment of its total resource potential, which include 3P reserve totals.
3P Reserves by Play (year-end 2012):
Reserve Estimates (Bcfe)
|Total 3P Reserves||15,012||7,364||2,360||1,034||121||25,891|
*Includes the Lower Huron, Cleveland, Berea sandstone, and other Devonian aged formations.
Annual Comparison of Estimated 3P Reserves by Play:
|Total 3P Reserves||15,012||12,747|
|Total 3P Reserves||7,364||7,717|
|Total 3P Reserves||2,360||–|
|Total 3P Reserves||1,034||913|
|Total 3P Reserves||121||–|
|Total Probable and Possible||19,887||16,012|
|Total 3P Reserves||25,891||21,377|
Total Estimated Resource Potential by Play:
|Resource Potential||Total (Tcfe)|
Summary of Changes in Proved Reserves:
|Balance at December 31, 2011 (Bcfe)||5,365|
|Extensions, discoveries and other additions||1,656|
|Balance at December 31, 2012||6,004|
* A substantial portion of the revision is due to proved reserves being re-classified as non-proved reserves, primarily as a result of lower gas prices. Year-end 2012 reserves are based on a $2.79 per Mcfe price, which is $1.33 lower than the price used to estimate the 2011 reserves. Both prices were determined in accordance with the SEC requirement to use the 12-month un-weighted arithmetic average of the first-day-of-the-month price for the preceding twelve months without giving effect to derivative transactions.
Reserve Replacement Calculations -- Reserve replacement ratio is the sum of the net increase of proved reserves before production, divided by production.
Drill Bit Finding Cost -- Drill bit finding cost is the total cost incurred related to natural gas and oil activities, calculated in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification 932 (ASC 932), less property acquisition costs for proved developed and unproved properties, divided by extensions, discoveries and other additions.
About EQT Corporation:
EQT Corporation is an integrated energy company with emphasis on Appalachian area natural gas production, gathering, transmission, and distribution. EQT is the general partner and majority equity owner of EQT Midstream Partners, LP. With more than 120 years of experience, EQT is a technology-driven leader in the integration of air and horizontal drilling. Through safe and responsible operations, the company is committed to meeting the country’s growing demand for clean-burning energy, while continuing to provide a rewarding workplace and enrich the communities where its employees live and work. Company shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange as EQT.
Visit EQT Corporation on the Internet at www.EQT.com.
The SEC permits oil and gas companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only proved, probable and possible reserves that a company anticipates as of a given date to be economically and legally producible and deliverable by application of development projects to known accumulations. We use certain terms in this press release, such as EUR (estimated ultimate recovery) and total resource potential, that the SEC's rules strictly prohibit us from including in filings with the SEC. These measures are by their nature more speculative than estimates of reserves prepared in accordance with SEC definitions and guidelines and accordingly are less certain. We also note that the SEC strictly prohibits us from aggregating proved, probable and possible reserves in filings with the SEC due to the different levels of certainty associated with each reserve category.
Disclosures in this press release contain forward-looking statements. Statements that do not relate strictly to historical or current facts are forward-looking. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, forward-looking statements contained in this press release specifically include the expectations of resource potential, EUR and projected well drilling plans, including the projected capital budget and the use of reduced cluster spacing. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from projected results. Accordingly, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. The company has based these forward-looking statements on current expectations and assumptions about future events. While the company considers these expectations and assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, regulatory and other risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the company’s control. The risks and uncertainties that may affect the operations, performance and results of the company’s business and forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those set forth under Item 1A, “Risk Factors” of the company’s Form 10-K filed for the year ended December 31, 2011 and in the company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 to be filed with the SEC, as updated by any subsequent Form 10-Qs.
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