help increase production next year with just a slight increase in the capital budget.
In the Marcellus, the company completed 13 horizontal wells last quarter at an average lateral length of 8,300 feet. One of those wells, the Hawkeye Unit 1H, was drilled with the longest lateral in company history at 12,353 feet. Antero plans to complete 26 Marcellus wells by the end of the year.
In the Utica, the company completed 10 horizontal wells at an average lateral length of 10,600 feet. It plans to complete 35 Utica wells by the end of the year.
A bump in natural gas prices helped to offset a decline in realized natural gas liquids prices. After hedging, the company earned $3.86/Mcf and realized a hedge gain of $182 million during the quarter. Next year, the company said it has more than 1.6 Bcfe/d of natural gas hedged at $4.02/Mcfe.