Eagle Ford Rig Count – 261 – EOG Resources – ZaZa Energy Move to Final Phase of JV Agreement in Eaglebine

Eagle Ford Rig Count Decreased by Six to 261
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The Eagle Ford Shale rig count decreased by six to 261 rigs running over the past week.

In recent news, EOG Resources joint venture with ZaZa Energy moves into its third and final phase in the Eaglebine. ZaZa will receive $15 million and an additional two-well drilling commitment from EOG. As part of the agreement, EOG must begin drilling the first of two wells by July 1, 2014. In exchange, EOG will gain a 75% working interest in all of Zaza’s remaining acreage.

Read more: EOG Resources – ZaZa Energy Move into Third and Final Phase of Joint Venture Agreement

The U.S. rig count decreased by six to 1803 rigs running over the past week. A total of 326 rigs are targeting natural gas (18 less than last week) and 1,473 are targeting oil in the U.S. (12 more than last week). The remainder are drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.).  858 or ~48% of rigs active in the U.S. 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 (219 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 decreased by 14 to 24 rigs running this past week. Average rig counts for natural gas production in 2012 were around 82 and then dropped to around 41 in 2013. Over the past week, natural gas decreased slightly to $4.31/mmbtu on Friday afternoon.

The oil rig count increased by eight to 237 rigs running. WTI oil prices decreased, trading at $99.56/bbl by the end of the week. Eagle Ford light crude traded at $96.00/bbl on March 21st.

A total of 226 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, 19 rigs are drilling directional wells, and 16 rigs are drilling vertical wells. Karnes, La Salle, Dimmit, McMullen and Webb counties each have at minimum 22 rigs running. Karnes County has the highest rig count this week at 34. See the full list below in the Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County:

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Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by Count


County Previous Week Current Week County Previous Week Current Week
KARNES 35 34 FAYETTE 5 5
MCMULLEN 32 29 GRIMES 3 3
DIMMIT 27 27 WILSON 3 3
LA SALLE 29 26 COLORADO 1 1
DE WITT 21 22 LEE 1 1
WEBB 24 21 WASHINGTON 1 1
LIVE OAK 14 16 AUSTIN 0 0
ATASCOSA 15 15 BEE 1 0
GONZALES 11 11 DUVAL 0 0
BURLESON 9 9 GOLIAD 0 0
LAVACA 9 9 LEON 1 0
MADISON 7 8 MAVERICK 0 0
ZAVALA 7 8 MILAM 0 0
FRIO 5 7 ROBERTSON 0 0
BRAZOS 6 5 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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Kirk Eggleston

Kirk Eggleston

Contributor at EagleFordShale.com
Kirk Eggleston writes on significant news developments in the Eagle Ford and Bakken Shale plays. He is a former broadcast journalist, and has experience covering news and politics in the Texas and Louisiana markets.

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