Penn Virginia Grows Eagle Ford Position to 80,000 Net Acres in 2013

Penn-Virginia's Eagle Ford Shale Proved Reserves Increased 189% in 2013 to 75.6 mmboe
Penn Virginia Eagle Ford Acreage Map

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Penn-Virginia’s Eagle Ford Shale proved reserves increased by 189% in 2013 to 75.6 mmboe (89% oil and NGLs). That’s ~55% of the company’s estimated total proved reserves.

The year-over-year increase in proved reserves was partially tied to a $401 million dollar deal in April 2013, when the company acquired ~40,600 gross (19,000 net) acres from Magnum Hunter Resources.

Read more: Penn Virginia & Magnum Hunter Deal Worth $401 Million

Overall, Penn-Virginia’s Eagle Ford position grew 19% to 80,000 net acres in 2013. The company now has an estimated ~1,125 drilling locations.

In a company statement, CEO, Baird Whitehead, said, “we continue to increase our core Eagle Ford Shale position through leasing at a cost of approximately $2,800 per net acre since early November. Our stated goal of 100,000 net acres in the Eagle Ford Shale remains intact and we remain confident this is achievable at attractive acquisition costs. As a result of [] successful downspaced drilling, we have increased our estimated drilling inventory by about 26 percent from 895 just a few months ago to the current estimate of approximately 1,125 drilling locations.”

Penn Virginia Fourth Quarter 2013 Eagle Ford Production

Penn Virginia had record oil production in the fourth-quarter of 11,139 b/d. Total production for the quarter was 13,111 boe/d. That’s up ~5% from 12,489 boe/d.

During the quarter, the company decreased completion costs per well and increased productivity.

“Our well costs per frac stage decreased again, while our well productivity per stage increased as a result of pumping additional proppant and the continued use of multi-well pads and ‘zipper fracs.’ We will continue to implement advanced techniques to further optimize our well results and economics,” said Whitehead.

The peak average rate of production for 23 gross (12.3 net) of the company’s most recent wells was 1,582 boe/d. 86% of production was oil. The average lateral length for these 23 operated wells 5,722 feet.

179 gross (116.7 net) wells were producing at the end of 2013. 13 gross (10.1 net) operated wells were being completed or awaiting completion at the end of the year. Two gross (0.9 net) outside operating wells were being completed. Six (4.2 net) operated wells being drilled.


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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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