Eagle Ford Regional Rig Count 255 – Play Record for Well Spuds – Oct 18, 2013

More Than 3,000 Eagle Ford Wells Drilled in the First Nine Months of 2013
Eagle Ford Well Spuds Q3 2013

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The Eagle Ford Shale rig count decreased by 1 rig from 256 to 255 running this past week. We’re in the fourth quarter of the year, so operators who have exhausted budgets are scaling back. We’re 10 rigs below the average of 265 that have been running in the region this year.

Baker Hughes released third quarter well spud numbers and to no surprise the Eagle Ford is still setting records. The play saw drilling start on more than 1,100 wells during the quarter in a 14-county area. Add the other counties where there is Eagle Ford activity and that number likely stretches above 1,200 well starts. Read more in the article: Eagle Ford Record Set for Well Spuds

The U.S. rig count decreased 4 rigs from 1,743 to 1,739 running over the past week. A total of 372 rigs are targeting natural gas (3 more than last week) and 1,361 are targeting oil in the U.S. The remainder are drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.). 817 rigs are running in Texas.

Baker Hughes rig count is quoted here. Baker Hughes also releases its own Eagle Ford Rig Count that covers the 14 core counties (221 rigs). The rig count published on EagleFordShale.com includes a 30 county area impacted by Eagle Ford development. A full list of the counties included can be found in the table near the bottom of this article.

Eagle Ford Oil & Gas Rigs

The natural gas rig count fell by one from 36 to 35 rigs running over the past week. Natural gas prices held steady during the week and were trading around $3.77/mmbtu on the afternoon of Oct 18th.

The oil rig count increased by one rig from 219 to 220. WTI oil prices were trading around $101/bbl on Friday afternoon. Oil prices have been above $100 for 15 weeks, but have come off almost 10% from highs near $110/bbl. Eagle Ford light crude traded at $97.25/bbl on Oct 17th.

A total of 226 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, 18 rigs are drilling directional wells, and 11 rigs are drilling true vertical wells. Karnes, DeWitt, Gonzales, La Salle, and McMullen counties all have between 26-29 rigs running. See the full list of drilling by county below.

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Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County

County Previous Week Current Week County Previous Week Current Week
KARNES 30 29 BEE 3 3
LA SALLE 26 28 FAYETTE 3 3
DE WITT 26 27 LEON 3 3
MCMULLEN 28 27 WILSON 4 3
GONZALES 25 26 COLORADO 2 2
DIMMIT 21 21 GRIMES 1 1
WEBB 21 21 LEE 1 1
LIVE OAK 12 13 MAVERICK 1 1
ATASCOSA 9 9 WASHINGTON 2 1
ZAVALA 8 8 AUSTIN 0 0
LAVACA 7 7 DUVAL 0 0
BRAZOS 6 6 GOLIAD 0 0
MADISON 6 6 MILAM 0 0
FRIO 7 5 ROBERTSON 0 0
BURLESON 4 4 BASTROP 0 0

Eagle Ford Operated Rig Count By Company

SmithBits no longer reports its operated rig count, but we’ll have updated number for you from a new source soon. Until then, you can reference our numbers from mid-April. There has not been a significant change in the overall rig count since this date:

Operator Name Apr-13
BHP (Petrohawk) 28
EOG Resources 25
Marathon Oil 18
Chesapeake 16
ConocoPhillips 10
Pioneer Natural 10
Anadarko 9
Lewis Petroleum 8
Murphy Oil 7
Plains Exploration 7
Talisman Energy (Statoil) 7
EP Energy 6
Halcon Resources 6
Hunt Oil 6
Swift Energy 6
Rosetta Resources 6
Cabot Oil & Gas 5
SM Energy 5
Shell 4
Carrizo Oil & Gas 3
All Others 50+

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 Baker Hughes 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.

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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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