Eagle Ford Regional Drilling at 271 Rigs – March 23, 2012

The Eagle Ford Shale drilling rig count fell 4 rigs to 271 active in the region. The region has held above 270 rigs for three weeks in a row and has added more than 100 rigs over the past 12 months. For reference, there are only 1,900-2,000 rigs running in all of the U.S.

Eagle Ford Oil & Gas Rigs

Natural gas directed rigs increased by 3 to 76 this past week. That’s up week over week, but down from the 125 active rigs that were running in October of 2011. Over 95% of the active gas rigs are running in core Eagle Ford counties. Over half (40) are running in DeWitt and Webb Counties alone. Oil directed activity fell to 194 active rigs after spending two weeks above 200.

Natural gas prices are trading around 10-year lows at $2.27/mmbtu as of Friday afternoon. Oil prices fell a couple of dollars to $106 per barrel (WTI), on concerns higher prices are leading to changes in our consumption habits. With gasoline prices at record levels for this time of year, it seems likely the average American will drive less, possibly much less, this summer than normal.

Horizontal wells account for activity from 255 rigs and we have 1 storage well being drilled in La Salle County. Karnes County leads development with 41 rigs. La Salle (38), Webb (32), DeWitt (29), McMullen (25), Gonzales (22), Dimmit (21), Atascosa (10), and Live Oak (10) make up the top Eagle Ford counties.

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Drilling Rig Count by Operator


Operator Name Prior Week Current Week
Chesapeake 33 34
EOG Resources 30 30
Petrohawk (BHP) 19 19
ConocoPhillips 17 17
Marathon Oil (Hilcorp) 16 16
Pioneer Natural 12 13
Anadarko 9 11
Lewis Petroleum 11 11
Talisman Energy (Statoil) 12 11
Plains Exploration 9 9
Murphy Oil 8 8
Shell 6 6
SM Energy 5 6
Swift Energy 8 6
Carrizo Oil & Gas 5 5
Hunt Oil 5 5
Cheyenne Energy 6 4
Rosetta 4 4
Exxon (XTO 4 4
El Paso 3 3
All Others 53 49
Total 275 271

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
KARNES 40 41 ZAVALA 4 3
LA SALLE 39 38 BRAZOS 2 2
WEBB 31 32 FAYETTE 2 2
DEWITT 27 29 LEE 1 2
MCMULLEN 27 25 MAVERICK 2 2
GONZALES 27 22 GRIMES 3 1
DIMMIT 17 21 MILAM 1 1
ATASCOSA 10 10 ROBERTSON 2 1
LIVE OAK 10 10 AUSTIN 0 0
LAVACA 6 7 BASTROP 0 0
MADISON 5 7 BURLESON 0 0
FRIO 7 5 COLORADO 0 0
LEON 6 4 DUVAL 0 0
BEE 2 3 GOLIAD 0 0
WILSON 3 3 Washington 1 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

Comments

  1. just curious, I follow the baker hughes weekly rig count by county such as yours and they seem to be different. any reason by chance? thanks.

    • R.T. Dukes RT Dukes says:

      Clay, we reference BakerHughes, but our numbers are usually sourced from SmithBits. We’re also including every rig in the area, so you have some rigs that area targeting other formations, but are adding to activity levels in the area none the less.

      Regards,

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