U.S. natural gas production predicted to enter 2018 strong
U.S. natural gas production is expected to reach another record level in January, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's monthly Drilling Productivity Report.
U.S. production is projected to reach 63 billion cubic feet per day, or Bcf/d, in January, largely on the robust performance of the Appalachia region, which includes the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, the EIA said.
Out of seven key regions, Appalachian production is expected to lead the way at 26.4 Bcf/d, the EIA said. The Marcellus shale is in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, West Virginia and Maryland.
The December report uses recent data on the number of drilling rigs in operation, along with estimates of drilling productivity and estimated changes in production from existing oil and natural gas wells, to provide estimated changes in oil and natural gas production.
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