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Pennsylvania – update through August 2020

This interactive presentation contains the latest gas (and a little oil) production data, from all 9,802 horizontal wells in Pennsylvania that started producing from 2010 onward, through August.


Visit ShaleProfile blog to explore the full interactive dashboard

Total production

Natural gas production came in at about 19.5 Bcf/d in August (after upcoming revisions), almost touching the high in November last year. Only 382 horizontal wells were brought online this year through August, the lowest number in a decade.

Supply Projection dashboard

With only 17-18 rigs drilling horizontal wells here since the end of May (source: Baker Hughes rig count), we project a steady decline in output (see our Supply Projection dashboard), despite record well productivity:


Natural gas outlook in Pennsylvania, based on current drilling activity and productivity (hz wells only)

Top operators

In the final tab (“Top operators”), the top 5 natural gas producers in Pennsylvania can be found. They were all at or near record production in August. EQT also restored its output, after curtailing a large portion of its wells in June due to low prices.

Top counties

In this screenshot, taken from our ShaleProfile Analytics service, you can find the top-1o natural gas producing counties in Pennsylvania:


Top-10 natural gas producing counties in Pennsylvania. Horizontal wells only.


The map on the right side displays the locations of all these wells. Susquehanna County, with an output of over 4.5 Bcf/d, is clearly in the lead. It produces over 10 times more natural gas than the #10 on this list, Sullivan County.

Advanced Insights

The ‘Advanced Insights’ presentation is displayed below:


This “Ultimate Recovery” overview reveals the relationship between gas production rates and cumulative gas production, averaged for all horizontal wells that began production in a particular year.

If you group the wells by quarter, you will see that the wells that came online in the 2nd quarter this year had the best start ever; these 129 wells recovered 1.3 Bcf of natural gas in the first 3 calendar months on production.


Early next week we will have a post on all covered states in the US.

Production data is subject to revisions.


For this presentation, I used data gathered from the following sources:

  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • FracFocus.org

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