Eagle Ford Regional Rig Count 269 – TexStar Building Eagle Ford Pipeline to San Antonio for Calumet Refinery – Dec 30, 2013

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The Eagle Ford Shale rig count rose by two rigs to 269 running over the past week.

In Eagle Ford news this past week, TexStar Midstream signed an agreement with Calumet Specialty Products Partners to construct, own, and operate a 30,000 b/d pipeline system that will deliver Eagle Ford crude to Calumet’s San Antonio Refinery.

Read the full article: TexStar Is Building An Eagle Ford Pipeline From Karnes to San Antonio for Calumet

The U.S. rig count dropped by 11 rigs from 1,768 to 1,757 running over the past week. A total of 374 rigs are targeting natural gas (2 more than last week) and 1,382 (13 less than last week) are targeting oil in the U.S. The remainder are drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.). 835 or 47.5% 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 (229 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 decreased by one rig to 29 running this past week. At this time in 2012, there were more than 60 rigs and in 2011 there were more than 90 rigs targeting natural gas in the area. Don’t be surprised if this is the bottom and we see more natural gas rigs in 2014. Natural gas essentially stayed level around ~$4.40/mmbtu on Friday afternoon.

The oil rig count jumped three rigs to 240 rigs running. WTI oil prices held basically flat on the week at just under $99/bbl. Eagle Ford light crude traded at $96/bbl on Dec. 20th.

A total of 230 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, 21 rigs are drilling directional wells, and 18 rigs are drilling true vertical wells. Karnes, DeWitt, La Salle, and McMullen counties all have between 28 and 32 rigs running. See the full list of drilling by county below.

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Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County


County Previous Week Current Week County Previous Week Current Week
MCMULLEN 32 32 BURLESON 4 4
KARNES 30 31 WILSON 3 3
DE WITT 30 28 DUVAL 2 2
LA SALLE 28 28 GRIMES 2 2
DIMMIT 25 25 LEE 2 2
WEBB 22 22 MAVERICK 2 2
GONZALES 19 19 BEE 1 1
ATASCOSA 16 17 COLORADO 1 1
LIVE OAK 10 9 LEON 1 1
MADISON 7 9 AUSTIN 0 0
BRAZOS 8 8 GOLIAD 0 0
LAVACA 7 7 MILAM 0 0
FRIO 6 6 ROBERTSON 0 0
FAYETTE 4 5 WASHINGTON 0 0
ZAVALA 5 5 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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Kenneth E. DuBose

Kenneth E. DuBose

Kenneth DuBose is the past President of Cheyenne Minerals Inc., an independent oil and gas operator. He began his energy industry career with ARCO Oil & Gas. Mr. DuBose then directed development of natural gas storage projects with Tejas Power Corp. He was a founding member of U.S. Minerals, (acquired by Torch Energy in 1999) a provider of internet based education for America’s mineral owners. Mr. DuBose holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Mississippi State University. He has served on various industry steering committees, non-profit boards, and is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the National Association of Royalty Owners, the American Association of Professional Landmen, as well as being a Registered Investment Advisor. He writes on topics of oil and gas investing, wealth management and personal finance, having appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Houston Business Journal, Financial Advisor and various radio and TV outlets.

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