Eagle Ford Shale Regional Rig Count up to 278 – June 29, 2012

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The Eagle Ford Shale drilling rig count rose to 278 this past week. That is an increase of seven rigs from last week’s count of 271 and is on par with the rig count two weeks ago. We talked about future rig activity in last week’s note and we covered an announcement that Pioneer Drilling is Slowing Down in follow up. It is worth noting: Pioneer Drilling has experienced a slow down, but the overall rig count grew during that time period.

Anadarko Petroleum is the operator up for review this week. The company had operations in the Maverick Basin before the Eagle Ford boom took root and expanded its holdings as exploration proved the potential of the play. The company’s most publicized development was when it received $1.55 billion ($12,000+/acre) in a joint venture agreement with Korean National Oil Company (KNOC). KNOC received a 33% interest in the company’s Eagle Ford acreage in exchange. Anadarko now estimates resource potential across its acreage is greater than 1 billion boe (600 mmboe net to Anadarko). Anadarko has nine rigs running as of June 29, 2012, and has averaged more 10 rigs running over the past twelve months.

Eagle Ford Oil & Gas Rigs

The natural gas directed rig count (Smithbits) this past week fell to 73. Karnes and Webb counties are the only counties with more than ten rigs targeting natural gas. Henry Hub futures prices were up to more than $2.90/mmbtu and had held twenty cents higher last week at $2.82/mmbtu on Friday afternoon. WTI was trading around $84/bbl Friday afternoon, and looks to end the week up. Oil directed activity increased to 204 rigs this week. That’s back up from last week when it fell below 200 for the first time since the beginning of April.

259 horizontal rigs are running in the region up from last week’s count of 248. One water well is being drilled in McMullen County. Karnes County continues to lead development with 41 rigs and La Salle is up to 36 rigs this week. McMullen (31), Webb (28), Dimmit (26), Gonzales (23), DeWitt (20), Atascosa (13), and Live Oak (12) make up the top Eagle Ford counties.

News items this week included:

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Drilling Rig Count by Operator

Operator Name Prior Week Current Week
Chesapeake 32 31
Petrohawk (BHP) 24 25
EOG Resources 22 22
Marathon Oil (Hilcorp) 18 20
ConocoPhillips 15 15
Pioneer Natural 12 12
Talisman Energy (Statoil) 12 11
Murphy Oil 10 10
Anadarko 9 9
Plains Exploration 8 9
Lewis Petroleum 7 8
Shell 7 7
SM Energy 7 7
Swift Energy 5 6
Exxon (XTO) 6 6
Hunt Oil 5 5
Rosetta 5 5
Blackbrush O&G 1 3
Cabot Oil & Gas 2 3
Carrizo Oil & Gas 3 3
All Others 61 61
Total 271 278

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 40 41 WILSON 4 3
LA SALLE 37 36 ZAVALA 7 3
MCMULLEN 30 31 LAVACA 3 2
WEBB 25 28 LEON 2 2
DIMMIT 29 26 WASHINGTON 2 2
GONZALES 18 23 AUSTIN 1 1
DEWITT 22 20 BEE 1 1
ATASCOSA 10 13 BRAZOS 1 1
LIVE OAK 11 12 COLORADO 1 1
FRIO 6 8 LEE 1 1
MADISON 6 7 MAVERICK 1 1
BURLESON 3 4 BASTROP 0 0
FAYETTE 1 4 DUVAL 1 0
ROBERTSON 4 4 GOLIAD 0 0
GRIMES 4 3 MILAM 0 0
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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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