Eagle Ford Regional Drilling Rig Count Adds 6 – Crosses 260 Rigs – Feb. 24, 2012

Rig PhotoThe Eagle Ford Shale drilling rig count passed 260 for the first time in a month. 6 rigs were added to bring the total to 263. That’s getting close to the 265 rig record we set in January.

We’ve had several operational updates in the past week and all point to increased activity in 2012. Add the number of Eagle Ford Pipeline and Midstream expansion announcements we’ve had in the past couple of months, and it’s easy to be confident about the long-term sustainability of the play. Midstream companies aren’t willing to take the risks an upstream company might, so big expansions plans mean confidence.

Eagle Ford Oil & Gas Rigs

The natural gas rig count fell 3 to 78 this week. That matches the lowest level seen in the past year. The oil rig count jumped 9 rigs to 184 working. That puts us right back at the record 185 oil rigs we had working the second week of January.

Natural gas feel back to approximately $2.50/mmbtu this week and oil prices rallied over $109 per barrel (WTI). Higher oil prices will only attract more Eagle Ford development. Horizontal wells account for activity from 245 rigs and we have 1 disposal well being drilling in Leon County (not a core Eagle Ford area) by GSI Oil & Gas.

La Salle County’s lead stayed at 1 with 39 rigs working. Karnes (38),Webb (35), DeWitt (25), Gonzales (25),McMullen (22), Dimmit (16), and Live Oak (11) make up the top Eagle Ford targeted counties.

We had several operators announce earnings and we’ll be adding to the list we’ve covered so far in the coming days. Major news this week included:

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Drilling Rig Count by Operator


Operator Name Prior Week Current Week
Chesapeake 32 32
EOG Resources 26 25
ConocoPhillips 17 17
Petrohawk (BHP) 17 17
Marathon Oil (Hilcorp) 11 14
Pioneer Natural 12 12
Talisman 11 11
Anadarko 9 9
Lewis Petroleum 9 9
XTO (ExxonMobil) 8 8
All Others 105 109
Total 257 263

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
LA SALLE 38 39 WILSON 3 3
KARNES 37 38 BRAZOS 2 2
WEBB 34 35 LEE 2 2
DEWITT 25 25 MAVERICK 2 2
GONZALES 22 25 ZAVALA 2 2
MCMULLEN 23 22 BEE 2 1
DIMMIT 16 16 COLORADO 0 1
LIVE OAK 10 11 FAYETTE 1 1
FRIO 8 8 MILAM 1 1
LEON 7 8 Washington 1 1
ATASCOSA 5 6 AUSTIN 0 0
MADISON 4 4 BASTROP 0 0
ROBERTSON 6 4 BURLESON 0 0
GRIMES 3 3 DUVAL 0 0
LAVACA 3 3 GOLIAD 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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