One of Mr. Rice’s signature promises during the proxy battle was to bring EQT’s costs down to $735 per foot. For an average well being drilled next year in southwestern Pennsylvania, at 13,000 feet long, that would translate to $9,555,000. He said EQT will be below that level by the second half of next year in this area. Its West Virginia and Ohio programs have higher cost and shorter laterals.
But while company leaders told analysts on Thursday that “West Virginia will become a larger part of EQT’s story going forward,” the Ohio assets that Mr. Rice personally negotiated at a critical point in his former firm Rice Energy’s trajectory may be headed for a sale.
To pay off debt, EQT is also considering selling off holdings in central Pennsylvania and southern West Virginia.
It is also looking at selling a stake in its mineral interests, as has become more common in the industry with players like Range Resources. A deal on royalty interests could come in “a matter of months,” EQT’s leaders said and might involve a cut of current and/or future production.Read the whole article by clicking here.