The Utica shale is located in the Appalachian Basin, a few thousand feet below the Marcellus shale. The map shows the extent of the Utica shale in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia. The Utica also extends under the Great Lakes and into Canada. Currently, development is focused on the western portion of the Utica in Ohio and western Pennsylvania, where wells yield large amounts of gas, natural gas liquids, and crude oil.
Utica East is deeper, contains mostly dry gas, and is located mainly in Potter and Tioga counties in Pennsylvania.1 Utica East’s thickness in this area could reach 400–500 feet (ft). Solomon estimates Utica East to contain 68 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) in resources, including 10 Tcf with a full-cycle cost below 3.00 United States dollars (USD). The average full-cycle cost for Utica East wells is 3.12 USD, higher than the average full-cycle cost of 1.45 USD in Utica West. Average liquids uplift in Utica West is 2.05 USD versus no uplift in Utica East. However, condensate sweet spots in Utica West will mature over time and the relative economics of Utica East will improve, leading to modest production growth in Utica East.