Oil Drilling in the Utica Shales Yields High Quantities

The Utica Shale, is an oil and gas field which is seated in the Appalachian Basin. It has been getting much attention lately because it has been yielding large amounts of natural gas, natural liquids, and crude oil. The Appalachian Basin is covers New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Quebec in Montreal. Right below is the Marcellus Shale which should not be confused. The name is derived from the city of Utica, New York.

Cunningham Oilfield services is a division of Cunningham Energy formed in 2008 run by Ryan E. Cunningham which drills in the Utica Shale. Services and equipment that Cunningham Oilfield provides would be the basic necessities ranging from drilling rigs, work-over units, rouster pickup trucks, vacuum water trucks, pipeline, dozers and many more. Cunningham Oilfield services are currently working on a partnership program which will develop into investment opportunities as the drilling progresses. They are currently located in Charleston, West Virginia.

The Utica Shale is composed of rich, organic, and calcareous shale which is recognized as quality shale. The rich organics give the shale a dark grey, fade to black color. When determining the quality of the shale, thickness plays lesser or equal role than the actual organic capacity. The amount of organics in the shale vary vertically throughout the rock. The thickness of the shale ranges from 100 feet to over 500 feet, thickest being on the eastern area thinning to the northwest.

Geologists have considered the shale to be an oil and natural gas source rock. Most of these are produced from reservoirs in overlaying rock units. There is still plenty of oil and gas still trapped in the shale. This is also a major source of tight gas in Quebec and slowly making it’s way in Ohio. The field ranges around 2,000 feet below sea level in the North and Western parts and goes up to 14,000 feet around the areas of Pennsylvania.

Future development of the Utica Shale will be focused on parts of Lake Erie and parts of Lake Ontario most likely to contain natural gas.

Other producers which play major roles in the Utica Shale are Exxon, Chevron, Chesapeake, Forest Oil, and Rex Energy. The potential yield for drilling in the Utica Shale would be around 1.3 to 5.5 billion barrels of oil and 3.8 to 15.7 TcF of Natural Gas.

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