Eagle Ford Regional Rig Count 273 Aug 9, 2013 – EOG Well Better Than Reported

EOG Eagle Ford Oil Well Record Production

Recent EOG Eagle Ford oil well produces more than 7,500 barrels of oil in one day! | Click to Enlarge

The Eagle Ford Shale drilling rig count fell one to average 273 rigs over the past week. That’s just off the 2013 high set last week. Oil drilling levels fell four rigs further from the high of 241 set three weeks ago to settle at 230 running.

The U.S. rig count is down 4 to 1,778, of which 849 are running in Texas. A total of 386 rigs are targeting natural gas and 1,385 are targeting oil in the U.S. The remainder are drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.).

Several companies reported earnings this week, but the highlight was EOG reporting its Record Eagle Ford Well In Gonzales County was better than initially reported to the RRC. EOG noted a production rate of more than 9,200 boe/d compared to the RRC report of a little more than 8,600 boe/d. Additionally, the well was producing more than 4,200 barrels of oil per day after 30 days. I’ll go out on a limb and say that’s going to be a money maker! Read more in the article EOG’s Burrow Unit 5H Well Better Than First Reported

*Note* Now quoting Baker Hughes. Baker Hughes also releases its own Eagle Ford Rig Count that covers the 14 core counties (~236 rigs). The rig count published here 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

Two natural gas rigs were added in the region to bring the total running up to 42 rigs. Natural gas futures were trading near $3.20/mmbtu on Friday afternoon. Cooler summer weather across the country has driven prices down over the past three weeks. Natural gas prices are more than $1 off the highs in late spring.

The oil rig count declined by four to 230 rigs running in the region this week. WTI prices were trading just below $107/bbl on Friday and have held above $100 for five weeks. Eagle Ford light crude traded at $102.50/bbl on August 9th.

A total of 209 rigs are drilling horizontal wells and just 15 rigs are drilling true vertical wells. McMullen & Karnes counties lead development with 33 and 32 rigs running, respectively. 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
MCMULLEN 36 33 WILSON 5 4
KARNES 31 32 DUVAL 3 3
DE WITT 28 28 GRIMES 3 3
DIMMIT 26 27 ROBERTSON 3 3
LA SALLE 27 27 BEE 2 2
GONZALES 26 26 WASHINGTON 2 2
WEBB 25 23 BURLESON 1 1
LIVE OAK 10 11 COLORADO 1 1
ATASCOSA 9 10 LEON 1 1
BRAZOS 8 8 MAVERICK 1 1
FRIO 8 6 MILAM 1 1
ZAVALA 5 6 AUSTIN 0 0
FAYETTE 4 5 GOLIAD 0 0
MADISON 4 5 LEE 0 0
LAVACA 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. 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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