Eagle Ford Shale Regional Rig Count – October 26, 2012

Extended laterals from Newfield are showing promise in Dimmit County
Newfield Eagle Ford Well Performance

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Eagle Ford Shale drilling fell one rig to 273 over the past week. This is roughly the third week in a row the rig count has gone almost unchanged. That likely means operators are settled in and don’t plan to make major changes before the end of the year.  Third quarter earnings announcements are starting to roll in and results have been positive to date. I’ve heard a couple of operators who have 1-2 rigs active say they are planning for three or more in 2013. Capital budgets are being set as we speak, so we’ll have a really good idea of what to expect come January.

Newfield is one operator who plans to pick up its pace of development in 2013. The company has drilled four extended lateral wells (7,500 ft) in Dimmit County and expects ultimate recoveries from each of the wells will surpass 500,000 barrels. The company also has plans to test a 10,000 ft lateral in the area. With additional efficiency gains through pad drilling, internal rates of returns on the company’s wells will easily surpass 50%.

Eagle Ford Oil & Gas Rigs

The natural gas rig count held flat at 53 rigs running this past week. With gas holding relatively strong in the mid-$3 range, it’s no surprise to see operators honing in on gassy areas.

The oil rig count was essentially flat, dropping one rig to settle at 219 running. Just one service well is currently being drilled and it is a water well in Bastrop County.

Henry Hub futures were down two dimes to end the week at ~$3.40 on Friday. Spot prices were trading in the same range.

WTI was down 7% to ~$86 this week. Generally, weak corporate earnings reports are taking a toll on commodities. Eagle Ford crude priced at $95.18/bbl on the 26th of October. Light crude and condensate in the area traded at $86.75 and $81.75, respectively.

There are 259 horizontal rigs running in the region. La Salle County still leads development with 39 rigs running. Karnes with 36 rigs, McMullen (30), Webb (25), Dimmit (23), Gonzales (20), DeWitt (17), Atascosa (11), Live Oak (11), and Frio (8) round out the top Eagle Ford counties.

News items this week included:

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Eagle Ford Rig Count by Operator

Operator Name Prior Week Current Week
BHP (Petrohawk) 30 30
Chesapeake 23 24
EOG Resources 19 19
Marathon Oil (Hilcorp) 18 18
Lewis Petroleum 11 11
Pioneer Natural 11 11
Anadarko 10 10
ConocoPhillips 12 10
Talisman Energy (Statoil) 9 9
Shell 8 8
Murphy Oil 8 7
Plains Exploration 7 7
Hunt Oil 4 6
SM Energy 6 6
Halcon Resources 6 5
Rosetta Resources 6 5
Exxon (XTO) 4 4
Cabot Oil & Gas 3 3
Carrizo Oil & Gas 3 3
EP Energy 3 3
All Others 3 3
Total 274 273

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.

Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County

Texas County Prior Week Current Week Texas County Prior Week Current Week
LA SALLE 39 39 ZAVALA 4 5
KARNES 36 36 WILSON 3 4
MCMULLEN 25 30 GRIMES 3 3
WEBB 25 25 ROBERTSON 3 3
DIMMIT 24 23 LEE 2 2
GONZALES 22 20 AUSTIN 1 1
DEWITT 19 17 BASTROP 1 1
ATASCOSA 14 11 BURLESON 1 1
LIVE OAK 12 11 MAVERICK 0 1
FRIO 10 8 Washington 1 1
LAVACA 6 7 BEE 0 0
MADISON 9 7 COLORADO 0 0
FAYETTE 4 6 DUVAL 0 0
LEON 6 6 GOLIAD 0 0
BRAZOS 4 5 MILAM 0 0
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R.T. Dukes

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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