Eagle Ford Sweet Spots Shown in EIA Well Video

Reservoir Depth Has an Impact on Production Yield of Crude Oil or Natural Gas in the Eagle Ford

The EIA (U.S. Energy Information Administration) issued findings in February 2014 showing most wells drilled in the Eagle Ford have increasingly targeted oil-rich areas since production began in 2009. The larger bubbles represent higher initial production rates.

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Low GOR Wells – “Sweet Spots” in the Eagle Ford

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The animation in the video above shows the GOR* (gas to oil ratio) of wells drilled in the Eagle Ford since 2009. Sweet spots for oil production are represented by the green bubbles, and appear along the northern portion of the play.

Oil companies in the Eagle Ford are keenly aware of this data. For instance, Pioneer Resources announced in February 2014, plans to drill 45 wells in the upper (northern) portions of the Eagle Ford Shale.

Economics of Drilling Lower GOR Wells

Certainly, the fact that more wells are being drilling for oil in the Eagle Ford shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. With the current price of oil hovering around ~$100 bbl  and the stagnant price of natural gas over the past several years, the pattern simply reflects the free market.

Depth of Reservoir Has An Impact on Production Yield

The distribution of initial GORs from Eagle Ford wells generally corresponds to the depth of the reservoir. Deeper wells (up to 15,000 feet) to the southeast have higher initial GORs, or a relatively greater share of natural gas, while the shallower wells to the northwest (below 6,000 feet) have lower initial GORs, or a relatively greater share of oil.

GOR: Gas to Oil Ratio (GOR) is a term used to describe the ratio of volumetric flow of produced gas to the volumetric flow of crude oil for crude oil and gas mixture sample. If a hydrocarbon producing well produces a high GOR mixture, it is identified as a gas well. If GOR is low, it is identified as an oil well.

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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.


  1. John Smolik says:

    Kirk, do you have any idea how much it cost the taxpayers of the US for the EIA to come up with this report, how long they have been working on it, and how many people work in the EIA?…………..seems like a couple of phone calls or meetings with the major oil companies drilling ing the Eagleford could have yielded the same report……… no wonder this country is in debt $17 trillion and growing…….John Smolik

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