Eagle Ford Shale Rig Count Decreases by Four to 276

Lower Crude Oil Prices Will Slow Down Development In Some Areas of the Play
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The Eagle Ford Shale rig count decreased by four to 272 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week.

In recent Eagle Ford news, lower commodities prices for crude oil aren’t likely to stop new drilling in the Eagle Ford. With breakeven oil prices between $50 – $60 per barrel, in certain liquids-rich areas of the play, operators will continue to drill, even if prices inch closer to this range.

Should prices drop to $70 per barrel, experts believe the Eagle Ford will likely experience a slowdown, but not an all out bust. And some producers will fare better than others, depending on their position.

Read moreWorried About Oil Prices? Here’s What to Expect in the Eagle Ford

The U.S. rig count decreased by four to 1,925 rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 356 rigs were targeting natural gas (ten more than the previous week) and 1,568 were targeting oil in the U.S. (14 less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.).  906 or ~48% of rigs active in the U.S. were 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 (212 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 to 20 rigs running by the end of last week. Average rig counts for natural gas production in 2012 were around 80 and then dropped to around 40 in 2013. Natural gas prices rose by $.58 from the previous week to $4.46/mmbtu on Friday afternoon.

The oil rig count decreased by seven to 252 rigs running by the end of last week. WTI oil prices decreased by ~$1.50 from the previous week, trading at $78.95/bbl on Friday afternoon. Eagle Ford light crude traded at $74.25/bbl on Nov. 6th.

A total of 252 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, 13 rigs are drilling directional wells, and 7 rigs are drilling vertical wells. Karnes, La Salle, Dimmit, and DeWitt each have at minimum 25 rigs running. Dimmit County has the highest rig count this week at 39. See the full list below in the Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County below

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Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by Count

County Previous Week Current Week County Previous Week Current Week
DIMMIT 37 39 LEE 4 4
KARNES 35 33 ZAVALA 4 4
DE WITT 23 28 LEON 3 3
LA SALLE 27 25 MAVERICK 3 2
MCMULLEN 23 20 BEE 1 1
GONZALES 17 16 COLORADO 1 1
WEBB 17 16 DUVAL 0 1
BRAZOS 13 14 GRIMES 1 1
ATASCOSA 15 12 WASHINGTON 1 1
MADISON 12 12 WILSON 1 1
BURLESON 10 10 AUSTIN 0 0
LAVACA 9 9 GOLIAD 0 0
LIVE OAK 7 8 MILAM 0 0
FRIO 8 7 ROBERTSON 0 0
FAYETTE 4 4 BASTROP 0 0

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.

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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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