Eagle Ford Rig Count – 262 – Sanchez Energy’s Reserves Near 60 Million Barrels – January 31, 2014

Sanchez Energy Grows Reserves to ~60 mmboe/d in 2013
Sanchez Energy Eagle Ford Map Jan 2014

Sanchez Energy Eagle Ford Map Jan 2014 | Click to Enlarge

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count decreased by one rig to 262 running over the past week.

In recent news, Sanchez Energy’ reserves increased from 20 million boe at year-end 2012 to 58.9 million boe on December 31, 2013. Reserves increased as a result of successful development in the Eagle Ford and multiple acquisitions during 2013.  Read more: Sanchez Energy’s Reserves Near 60 Million Barrels – Production Surges in Q4

The U.S. rig count increased by 8 to 1,785 running over the past week. A total of 358 rigs are targeting natural gas (2 more than last week) and 1,422 are targeting oil in the U.S. (6 more than last week). The remainder are drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.). 842 or 47% 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 (214 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 increased by three rigs to 36 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 $4.85/mmbtu on Friday afternoon.

The oil rig count decreased by 4 to 225 rigs running. WTI oil prices increased slightly, trading at $97.73/bbl by the end of the week. Eagle Ford light crude traded at $94/bbl on January 31st.

A total of 230 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, 20 rigs are drilling directional wells, and 12 rigs are drilling true vertical wells. Karnes, DeWitt, La Salle, Dimmit and McMullen counties each have at minimum 25 rigs running. LaSalle County has the highest rig count this week at 30. See the full list below in the Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County:

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Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County


County Previous Week Current Week County Previous Week Current Week
LA SALLE 31 30 FAYETTE 5 5
KARNES 30 27 WILSON 4 4
MCMULLEN 26 27 BEE 2 2
DE WITT 25 25 GRIMES 2 2
DIMMIT 24 25 DUVAL 1 1
WEBB 20 22 GOLIAD 1 1
GONZALES 17 16 LEE 1 1
ATASCOSA 15 13 MILAM 1 1
MADISON 10 12 ROBERTSON 1 1
LIVE OAK 9 10 WASHINGTON 1 1
LAVACA 10 9 AUSTIN 0 0
BRAZOS 7 7 COLORADO 0 0
BURLESON 7 7 LEON 0 0
FRIO 6 7 MAVERICK 1 0
ZAVALA 6 6 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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