Cabot Oil and Gas (COG) reported its earnings for the second quarter of 2010 and held a conference call on July 22, 2010, to discuss the results. The company is active in several major shale plays including the Marcellus Shale.
Cabot Oil and Gas raised its guidance on production based in part on the success of wells in the Marcellus Shale, where the company is drilling with longer laterals and more hydraulic fracturing stages.
“We also moved our capital guidance higher. This spending increase was done for solid business reasons. About one-third of the increase is allocated to Marcellus in-field leasing, which allows more efficient development up there.”
“In the Marcellus, that effort continues to exceed all our expectations with production for the second quarter increasing approximately 39% from first quarter of 2010. Production was averaging approximately 165 million cubic foot gross over the last 30 days or so. This past weekend we brought a couple of more wells online and since the weekend we have averaged over 180 million cubic foot gross per day.”
“As we continue to lengthen the laterals and increase the average number of fracs, we have increased our production guidance for the third and fourth quarters. It is important to note this guidance is set based on the available existing capacity we have with our three current compressors at Lathrop.”
Source: Seeking Alpha