PITTSBURGH--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--EQT Corporation (NYSE: EQT) today reported year-end 2016 proved reserves of 13.5 Tcfe, a 35% increase over 2015, including proved developed reserves of 6.8 Tcfe, which was 9% higher than the previous year. Excluding the impact of 2016 acquisitions, the Company added 1.9 Tcfe of proved reserves, which was 246% more than the 776 Bcfe produced during the year. The increase in proved developed reserves resulted from the completion of 143 wells and the acquisition of 75 wells during 2016.
The Company's 2016 proved undeveloped (PUD) reserves totaled 6.7 Tcfe, an 80% increase over the previous year. This increase was due to the acquisition of core Marcellus acreage and the conversion of locations not previously classified as proved. Approximately 647 Bcfe of PUD reserves were converted to proved developed reserves, which partially offset the increase.
During 2016, EQT invested $2,074 million in production capital projects – including $1,284 million for property acquisitions and $783 million for well development.
Included in the proved developed reserves is 39 Bcfe from five Utica wells in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. There are no Utica reserves included in proved undeveloped, probable or possible reserves estimates.
Proved Reserves by Play
|Years Ended December 31,|
|Reserve Estimates (Bcfe)||2016||2015|
|Total proved reserves||13,508||9,977|
|Probable and Possible Reserves|
|Years Ended December 31,|
|Reserve Estimates (Tcfe)||2016||2015|
|Total probable and possible||12.5||14.6|
*Huron probable reserve estimates decreased by 7.3 Tcfe.
|Total Resource Potential by Play|
|Years Ended December 31,|
|Summary of Changes in Proved Reserves:|
|Balance at December 31, 2015 (Bcfe)||9,977|
|Extensions, discoveries and other additions||2,384|
|Balance at December 31, 2016||13,508|
Year-end 2016 reserves are based on a $2.48 per MMBtu natural gas price (NYMEX), which is $0.10 lower than the price used to estimate the 2015 reserves. Prices are determined in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Commission (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.
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 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 and reserves. 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, 2015 as filed with the SEC, and in the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 to be filed with the SEC, as updated by any subsequent Form 10-Qs.
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