265 Drilling Rigs Active as We Enter 2012

We’ll enter the 2012 with an Eagle Ford Shale drilling rig count of 265. With more than 210 of the rigs actively target the Eagle Ford proper, we’ve gone from Petohawk’s discovery well in 2008 to current levels in three years. We’ll enter 2012 at record development levels across much of the South Texas area.

Oil prices held a little below $100/bbl and natural gas prices are below $3 at the time of my writing. The January natural gas contract is bouncing around $3/mmbtu (Henry Hub) and the natural gas rig count in our area fell two rigs to a total of 93 rigs working. We reiterate our belief the Eagle Ford rig count will remain dependent on liquids prices.

The number of oil rigs working remained flat at 172. Horizontal wells account for activity from 244 rigs drilling and we have not injection or service wells being drilled.

Webb (40) still leads the region, while Karnes (37), La Salle (33), McMullen (26), DeWitt (24), Dimmit (23), and Gonzales (19) continue as the core development areas.

News over the past week was light with Christmas and New Year, but we highlighted a few important items:

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Drilling Rig Count by Operator


Operator Name Prior Week Current Week
Chesapeake 31 31
EOG Resources 24 23
Petrohawk (BHP) 15 16
ConocoPhillips (Burlington) 14 15
Lewis Petroleum 12 12
Anadarko 12 12
Pioneer Natural Res. 12 11
Marathon (Hilcorp) 11 11
Talisman 10 10
XTO (Exxon) 8 7
All Others 118 117

What is the Rig Count?

The Eagle Ford Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across a 30 county area in South Texas. The South Texas rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by SmithBits and not solely wells targeting the Eagle Ford formation. All land rigs and onshore rig data shown here are based upon industry estimates provided by the Baker Hughes Rig Count and/or Smith Service Co’s (Schlumberger) Smith Rig Count.

Drilling Rigs by County

Texas County Prior Week Current Week Texas County Prior Week Current Week
WEBB 37 40 BEE 1 2
KARNES 35 37 COLORADO 2 2
LA SALLE 34 33 LAVACA 2 2
MCMULLEN 26 26 LEE 2 2
DEWITT 25 24 MAVERICK 2 2
DIMMIT 24 23 WILSON 2 2
GONZALES 19 19 DUVAL 1 1
LEON 11 11 FAYETTE 1 1
FRIO 11 9 GRIMES 1 1
ATASCOSA 6 6 AUSTIN 0 0
LIVE OAK 6 5 BASTROP 0 0
ROBERTSON 6 5 BRAZOS 0 0
ZAVALA 5 5 GOLIAD 0 0
MADISON 4 4 MILAM 1 0
BURLESON 3 3 Washington 0 0
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R.T. Dukes

R.T. Dukes

Managing Editor at EagleFordShale.com
R.T. is the managing editor of EagleFordShale.com. In prior roles, he advised major oil companies on strategy, the macro business environment, and opportunity screening. 2503 Robinhood, Houston, TX, 77005, U.S.A. | Telephone: 832.429.4790

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