Eagle Ford Leads the State

Completions and Production Increased for April
April 2015 Eagle Ford Permits

April 2015 Eagle Ford Permits

Texas Railroad Commission released its latest statistics showing the state’s oil and gas production continues to impress, with the Eagle Ford leading the way.

Original drilling permits issued for April dropped from 1,919 last year to 848. Of the April total, 721 permits were for new oil and gas wells, 9 to re–enter existing well bores and 118 for re–completions.Broken down even further, April permits included 218 for oil, 51 gas, 530 oil and gas, 40 injection, zero service and nine other.

Related: Texas Drilling Permits down 50%

Statewide, well completions were up in April 2015, with operators reporting 1,867 oil, 314 gas, 125 injection and one other completions. In april 2014, there were 1,012 oil, 92 gas, 21 injection and four other completions. Total well completions for the year are still down by several thousand over this time last year.

Activity in the Eagle Ford continues lead the state in April with  176 permits to drill oil and gas, 222 oil completions and 94 gas completions.

Railroad Commissioner, Cristi Craddick said that “Texas’ prime production conditions have provided an environment well-suited for a dynamic, thriving oil and gas industry. Today, Texas continues to drive America’s competitiveness in the world’s oil market and ultimate independence from OPEC.””

The Commission estimates that final production for March 2015 was 84,879,948 barrels of crude oil and 533,174,979 Mcf of gas, with Eagle Ford counties remaining on top:


  1.  KARNES – 6,755,884
  2.  LA SALLE – 4,586,791
  3.  DE WITT – 4,571,129
  4.  MCMULLEN – 3,252,014
  5.  GONZALES – 3,072,829
  6.  ANDREWS – 3,045,628
  7.  MIDLAND – 2,885,602
  8.  MARTIN – 2,883,997
  9.  UPTON – 2,703,478
  10. 10. REEVES – 2,155,608

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Comstock Resources Fourth Quarter Delays Push Eagle Ford Growth Into 2014

Completion Delays Push First Production for 18 Wells Into Late December and January
Comstock Resources Target Area Map

Comstock Resources Target Area Map | Click to Enlarge

Comstock Resources planned to complete 18 gross (12 net) wells in the Eagle Ford between November and December of 2013.

Delays in completing the wells forced longer shut-ins for adjacent wells and the new wells didn’t reach first production until late in December and January.

Comstock brought 10 gross (7.3 net) Eagle Ford wells to production in the last week of December and added 9 gross (6.3 net) in early January of 2014. [Read more…]

Rosetta Resources Has Yet To Complete 23% of Its Drilled Eagle Ford Wells

Company Has Completed 180 Eagle Ford Wells And Still Has 53 In Waiting
Rosetta Eagle Ford Asset Map - June 2013

Rosetta Eagle Ford Asset Map – June 2013 | Click to Enlarge

Rosetta Resources has completed 180 Eagle Ford wells and has 53 wells drilled and awaiting completion.

To put it another way – approximately 23% of the wells the company has drilled to date are sitting idle waiting to be completed.

Based on rough estimates, that means completion crews are a little more than six months behind drilling operations. [Read more…]

Chesapeake’s Eagle Ford Production Set to Top 100,000 boe/d by Year-end

Average Well Came Online at 930 Boe/d in Q3
Chesapeake Eagle Ford Acreage - Drilling Map

Chesapeake Eagle Ford Acreage – Drilling Map | Click to Enlarge

Chesapeake is on pace to surpass 100,000 boe/d of net Eagle Ford production in the fourth quarter. Average production in the third quarter was 211,000 gross (95,000 net) boe/d from the play.

Add back Eagle Ford assets sold to EXCO that produced over 6,000 boe/d during the quarter and Chesapeake would have already surpassed the 100,000 barrel mark. [Read more…]

Swift Energy Is Pumping More Fluid & Proppant in Eagle Ford Completions

Lower Eagle Ford Proving to be the Most Productive
Swift Eagle Ford Acreage Map

Swift Eagle Ford Acreage Map | Click to Enlarge

Swift Energy is testing higher volumes of fluid and proppant in Eagle Ford well completions. The company’s number of Eagle Ford completions actually slowed to nine in the third quarter, but production grew due to better well performance.

The company’s best well on a boe basis in the third quarter produced over 2,300 boe/d. The completion method utilized on the well included 25% more fluid and proppant. Completion testing didn’t stop there. [Read more…]

Schlumberger’s HiWay Frac Design Improves Eagle Ford Well Performance

SLB Sees Higher Production & Lower Costs in the Eagle Ford
Schlumberger HiWay Channel Fracturing

Schlumberger HiWay Channel Fracturing | Click to Enlarge

Schlumberger’s (SLB) HiWay flow channel frack design has been most successful in the Eagle Ford. The company has completed a significant number of wells in the basin and has shown the design increases production while utilizing less proppant.

The production response has not been as positive in other plays, but the company generally sees flat to higher production with lower well costs. The advantage where production isn’t higher is the cost savings realized by using 40% less sand/proppant. [Read more…]