Eagle Ford Rig Count Soaring Through Records – April 20, 2012

All Time High For the Eagle Ford Region and a New Oil Rig Count Record

Rig PhotoThe Eagle Ford Shale drilling rig count rose four rigs to 278 working units. That eclipses the previous regional record of 275 set in mid-march.  That’s the rig count for the entire area, but from looking at operators and locations we’ve likely surpassed 250 rigs targeting the Eagle Ford alone. The other 10% of rigs are targeting formations other than the Eagle Ford proper.

Eagle Ford Oil & Gas Rigs

The natural gas directed rig count fell one rig to 70 running this week. That’s on the back of hitting 11 year lows today in the natural gas spot market. I know that sounds like a broken record, but we’ve hit new lows for Henry Hub prices in three of the past four weeks. Oil directed activity jumped five rigs to 207.  That surpasses last weeks record of 202.

Future prices for Henry Hub were trading at $1.92/mmbtu as of Friday afternoon. Oil prices have gone almost unchanged the past three weeks $103 per barrel (WTI).

260 horizontal rigs are running and we have 1 storage well being drilled in La Salle County. Karnes County leads development with 44 rigs. La Salle (40), Webb (30), McMullen (27), Dimmit (26), DeWitt (24), Gonzales (23), Live Oak (11), and Atascosa, Frio, and Zavala counties with 8 rigs each make up the top Eagle Ford counties.

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Drilling Rig Count by Operator


Operator Name Prior Week Current Week
Chesapeake 35 35
EOG Resources 30 29
Petrohawk (BHP) 20 21
Marathon Oil (Hilcorp) 17 17
ConocoPhillips 15 16
Pioneer Natural 12 12
Talisman Energy (Statoil) 13 12
Anadarko 10 11
Murphy Oil 10 10
Lewis Petroleum 8 9
Plains Exploration 8 8
SM Energy 7 7
Shell 7 6
Swift Energy 6 6
Hunt Oil 5 5
Rosetta 5 5
Carrizo Oil & Gas 4 4
Exxon (XTO 5 4
Dan Hughes 2 3
El Paso Energy 3 3
All Others 52 55
Total 274 278

While missed in the census this week, Lewis Petroleum has indicated it has 11 rigs running.  That means the actual rig count is 280.

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 SmithBits 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.

Drilling Rigs by County

Texas County Prior Week Current Week Texas County Prior Week Current Week
KARNES 43 44 WILSON 4 3
LA SALLE 40 40 BRAZOS 2 2
WEBB 29 30 FAYETTE 2 2
MCMULLEN 27 27 LEE 1 2
DIMMIT 25 26 MAVERICK 1 2
DEWITT 26 24 ROBERTSON 2 2
GONZALES 23 23 Washington 1 1
LIVE OAK 11 11 AUSTIN 0 0
ATASCOSA 10 8 BASTROP 0 0
FRIO 6 8 BEE 0 0
ZAVALA 6 8 BURLESON 0 0
LAVACA 5 5 COLORADO 0 0
MADISON 5 4 DUVAL 0 0
GRIMES 1 3 GOLIAD 0 0
LEON 4 3 MILAM 0 0
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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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