PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–EQT Corporation (NYSE: EQT) today reported year-end 2015 proved developed reserves of 6.3 Tcfe, which was 30% higher than 2014; and total proved reserves of 10.0 Tcfe, a 0.7 Tcfe decrease from the previous year. In 2015, the increase in proved developed reserves was related to the completion of 245 wells and the addition of 386 Bcfe of positive revisions, which was primarily due to improved performance from producing wells.
The Company’s 2015 proved undeveloped (PUD) reserves totaled 3.7 Tcfe, a 2.2 Tcfe decrease from the previous year. This decrease resulted from converting 1.5 Tcfe of PUD reserves to prove developed reserves during 2015, as well as the Company’s decision to slow the pace of its five-year development plan from 144 wells per year to 74 wells per year, in response to lower commodity prices.
For 2015, drilling capital totaled $1.7 billion and reserve extensions, discoveries, and other additions totaled 2.1 Tcfe, which resulted in a drill bit finding cost of $0.81 per Mcfe. The expected ultimate recovery (EUR) of proved Marcellus wells averaged 9.3 Bcfe, with an average lateral length of 5,130 feet; compared to the 2014 EUR of 7.9 Bcfe, with an average lateral length of 4,435 feet.
Included in the proved developed producing (PDP) reserves are 24 Bcf from two Pennsylvania deep Utica wells completed during 2015. Given the early stages of the deep Utica program, there are no PUD, probable or possible reserves booked; however, the Company has included 25 Tcfe of resource potential attributed to the core of the Utica.
Proved Reserves by Play (year-end 2015):
|Reserve Estimates (Bcfe)||2015||2014|
|Total proved reserves||9,977||10,739|
Probable and Possible Reserves
EQT estimates 2015 probable and possible reserves utilizing Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pricing methodology at 14.6 Tcfe, with 13.4 Tcfe probable and 1.2 Tcfe possible. If utilizing forward Strip pricing, possible and probable reserves would total 35.2 Tcfe, with 25.9 Tcfe probable and 9.3 Tcfe possible.
Total Estimated Resource Potential by Play:
|Deep Utica (core)||25|
Summary of Changes in Proved Reserves:
|Balance at December 31, 2014 (Bcfe)||10,739|
|Extensions, discoveries and other additions||2,051|
|Balance at December 31, 2015||9,977|
Year-end 2015 reserves are based on a $2.58 per MMBtu natural gas price (NYMEX), which is $1.77 lower than the price used to estimate the 2014 reserves. Prices are determined in accordance with the SEC requirement to use the un-weighted arithmetic average of the first-day-of-the-month price for the preceding twelve months without giving effect to derivative transactions.
Ryder Scott Company, L.P., the Company’s petroleum consultant, audited 100% of the Company’s proved reserves; and EQT made an assessment of its total resource potential, which includes proved, probable and possible (3P) reserve totals.
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, and transmission. With more than 125 years of experience, EQT continues to be a leader in the use of advanced horizontal drilling technology – designed to minimize the potential impact of drilling-related activities and reduce the overall environmental footprint. 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. EQT also owns a 90% limited partner interest in EQT GP Holdings, LP. EQT GP Holdings, LP owns the general partner interest, all of the incentive distribution rights, and a portion of the limited partner interests in EQT Midstream Partners, LP.
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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 news 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 (3P) in filings with the SEC due to the different levels of certainty associated with each reserve category.
Disclosures in this news release contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. 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 news release specifically include the expectations of total resource potential, reserves and EUR. 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, many of which are difficult to predict and 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”, in the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 as filed with the SEC, and in the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 to be filed with the SEC, as updated by any subsequent Form 10-Qs.
Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made and the Company does not intend to correct or update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.