Chesapeake Energy continued its string of successful joint-ventures (JV) following leasing that has added more than 5 million acres in shale plays over the past few years. In all, the company has spent $2,200 per acre and gone on to sell a portion of that acreage for almost $11,000 per acre. Chesapeake has recouped its investment in all of those plays by selling no more than a 33% interest in each shale play.
In the latest JV, CHK is getting $2.14 billion or $15,000 per acre for a 25% interest in 650,000 net acres in the wet gas window of the Utica Shale in Ohio. I assume this is the area where CHK references “superior economics”. It will be interesting to see what happens in the dry gas and oily windows.
Chesapeake’s Eagle Ford drilling program has ramped up to 29 rigs running across the play. 29 rigs leads the way in South Texas and those numbers are expected to stay high as CNOOC’s cost carry continues to help fund development. [Read more…]