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Richels: Utica Oil-Window Challenge Is Pressure, But Permeability Is There

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Nissa Darbonne - Editor-At-Large
May 1, 2012

The challenge in the western, oily window of the Utica shale play in Ohio is that the reservoir there tends to be normally pressured, according to John Richels, president and chief executive of Devon Energy Corp., which has 235,000 net acres over the Utica as part of a $2.5-billion joint venture with Sinopec Corp.

Hydrocarbons in normally pressured reservoirs don’t flow as easily to the surface as oil and gas that are in an environment that is higher pressured than the surface pressure. And, oil, which is a larger molecule ...

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