Star Telegram
Haynesville might be U.S.' largest No. 1 gas-producing shale

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Haynesville Shale play in Northwest Louisiana and East Texas has surpassed North Texas' Barnett Shale as the No. 1 natural gas producer among U.S. shale plays, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration website and an energy consulting firm.

The EIA had posted on its website Monday an item headlined "Haynesville surpasses Barnett as the Nation's leading shale play," based on "reported pipeline flows" of natural gas from the two regions.

It cited as its source Bentek Energy of Evergreen, Colo., a well-known energy consulting firm.

The EIA website included a Bentek chart showing that the Haynesville Shale area had production of an estimated 5.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, compared to 5.25 billion for Barnett. It said Haynesville surpassed Barnett in output even after the North Texas field had recovered fully from "freeze-offs" at wellsites that had briefly reduced production during bitterly cold weather in early February.

Matt Marshall, a senior energy analyst for Bentek, told the Star-Telegram in a telephone interview Monday afternoon that company estimates, updated through Sunday, showed output in the Haynesville production area in Louisiana had jumped to 5.6 billion cubic feet per day.

Marshall said Bentek's latest estimates show that production in the Fort Worth Basin, home to the Barnett Shale, is 5.44 billion cubic feet per day. But that figure includes about 790 million cubic feet that actually is from formations other than the Barnett, he said.

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