Eagle Ford Regional Rig Count 273 – August 23, 2013

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The Eagle Ford Shale drilling rig count increased six rigs to average 273 rigs running over the past week. That’s just one rig off the 2013 high set three weeks ago.

The U.S. rig count was down 15 to 1,786, of which 848 are running in Texas. A total of 387 rigs are targeting natural gas and 1,382 are targeting oil in the U.S. The remainder are drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.).

TxDOT announced it has started converting paved roads to gravel in South Texas. Paved roads can cost $500,000 per mile to maintain, but gravel roads are much cheaper at $10,000. Lawmakers have raised concerns and TxDOT has indicated that some road conversions have been delayed by 60 days. On a case-by-case basis, counties can ask the state to reconsider. Read more in the article: Will Paved Roads In The Eagle Ford Be Converted To Gravel?

*Note* Now quoting Baker Hughes. Baker Hughes also releases its own Eagle Ford Rig Count that covers the 14 core counties (~234 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 declined by three to settle at 40 rigs. That’s still up from the low near 30 seen in April and June. Natural gas futures were trading around $3.50/mmbtu.

The oil rig count increased eight rigs to 233 running in the region last week. WTI prices were trading near $106/bbl and have held above $100 for seven weeks. Eagle Ford light crude traded at $103/bbl on August 23rd.

A total of 215 rigs are drilling horizontal wells and just 12 rigs are drilling true vertical wells. McMullen & Karnes counties lead development with 36 and 34 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 31 36 WILSON 4 4
KARNES 33 34 BURLESON 3 3
DE WITT 27 27 COLORADO 1 2
DIMMIT 25 26 DUVAL 3 2
GONZALES 25 25 GRIMES 2 2
LA SALLE 25 25 MAVERICK 1 2
WEBB 23 22 ROBERTSON 2 2
LIVE OAK 11 11 WASHINGTON 2 2
BRAZOS 8 9 BEE 1 1
ATASCOSA 10 8 LEON 1 1
MADISON 6 7 MILAM 1 1
ZAVALA 7 7 AUSTIN 0 0
FRIO 6 6 GOLIAD 0 0
FAYETTE 4 4 LEE 0 0
LAVACA 5 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

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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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