ConocoPhillips Announces Capex Reduction in 2015

Budget Will Continue Targeting Eagle Ford and Bakken

This week Houston-based oil giant ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) announced its 2015 capital budget of $13.5-billion, a decrease of 20% over 2014. It’s a sign that major oil companies are taking lower oil prices seriously, but it doesn’t change the company’s focus in the Eagle Ford and Bakken Shale.

In 2015, about $5.0 billion will be allocated toward development drilling programs, compared to $6.5 billion in 2014. According to COP officials, Lower 48 development program capital will continue to target the Eagle Ford and Bakken, while significant investment spending will be deferred in emerging North American unconventional plays, including the Permian, Niobrara, Montney and and Duvernay.

Conoco officials also indicated the budget decrease is reflective of lower spending on major projects, several of which are nearing completion.

“We are setting our 2015 capital budget at a level that we believe is prudent given the current environment,” said Conoco’s CEO Ryan Lance. “This plan demonstrates our focus on cash flow neutrality and a competitive dividend, while maintaining our financial strength. We are fortunate to have significant flexibility in our capital program. Spending on several major projects has peaked and we will get the benefit of production uplift from those projects over the next few years. In addition, we identified inventory in the unconventionals, where we also retain a high degree of capital flexibility.”

Despite the cut, the company expects to produce about 3% more in 2015 from continuing operations, excluding Libya.

Read more at ConocoPhillips.com

Warwick Energy Closes Deal for 7,300 Net Eagle Ford Acres

Acquired Acreage Has Current Production of ~1,200 Net boe/d in Live Oak, Atascosa and Karnes Counties
ConocoPhillips Eagle Ford Map

ConocoPhillips Eagle Ford Map | Click to Enlarge

Oklahoma-based Warwick Energy announced in June of 2014 that the company closed its purchase of R/C Sugarkane LLC, an Eagle Ford upstream oil and gas company, last month.

At closing, Warwick Energy gained R/C Sugarkane’s 7,300 net Eagle Ford acres, with current production of ~1,200 net boe/d in Live Oak, Atascosa and Karnes counties. The deal also included R/C Sugarkane’s gathering and other related midstream infrastructure in the play. In April of 2014, Warwick announced it agreed to purchase R/C Sugarkane from affiliates of a New York-based private equity firm, Riverstone Holdings LLC, for an undisclosed amount.

Read more: Warwick Energy Buys Eagle Ford’s R/C Sugarkane for Undisclosed Amount

According to Warwick officials, the operators of the acquired acreage are ConocoPhillips, Marathon and BHP Billiton. Warwick officials say they are encouraged by downspacing results and optimizations being achieved by these operators.

Warwick CEO Katherine Richard, said in a company statement, “the Eagle Ford Shale is a world class, liquids-rich resource play and through this acquisition we have acquired a multi-year drilling inventory that is both substantially de-risked and held by production.

Warwick was founded in 2010, and manages non-operated oil and gas interests across the country, with interests in over 5,000 wells in 13 states. The R/C Sugarkane acquisition will be funded by ArcLight Capital Partners affiliated equity investors.

Read more at warwick-energy.com

Eagle Ford Shale Rig Count Decreases By Four to 263

ConocoPhillips Increases its' Reserve Estimates by 39% to 2.5 billion BOE
ConocoPhillips' Eagle Ford Geologic Map

ConocoPhillips’ Eagle Ford Geologic Map

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count decreased by four to 263 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week.

In recent Eagle Ford news, ConocoPhillips increased its Eagle Ford reserve estimates in early April 2014 by 39% from 1.8 billion to 2.5 billion bbls of oil in place. Company officials say production is expected to exceed 250,000 boe/d in the Eagle Ford by 2017. That’s nearly 100,000 more BOE than the company’s target goal at the end of 2013.

Read more: ConocoPhillips Raises Eagle Ford Reserve Estimates By 39% to 2.5 Billion BOE

The U.S. rig count stayed flat at 1831 rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 316 rigs were targeting natural gas (6 more than the previous week) and 1,510 were targeting oil in the U.S. (7 less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.).  884 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 (217 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 remained flat at 16 rigs running by the end of last week. Average rig counts for natural gas production in 2012 were around 82 and then dropped to around 41 in 2013. Natural gas prices stayed relatively flat from last week at $4.76/mmbtu on Friday afternoon.

The oil rig count decreased by 4 to 247 rigs running by the end of last week. WTI oil prices increased slightly, trading at $104.35/bbl on Friday afternoon. Eagle Ford light crude traded at $100.75/bbl on April 17th.

A total of 229 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, 21 rigs are drilling directional wells, and 13 rigs are drilling vertical wells. Karnes, La Salle, Dimmit, McMullen and Webb counties each have at minimum 25 rigs running. Karnes County has the highest rig count this week at 29. See the full list below in the Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County:

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Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by Count


County Previous Week Current Week County Previous Week Current Week
KARNES 30 29 WILSON 4 4
LA SALLE 27 27 FAYETTE 3 3
MCMULLEN 27 27 GRIMES 3 3
WEBB 23 26 LEE 3 2
DIMMIT 28 25 COLORADO 1 2
DE WITT 23 23 LEON 1 1
ATASCOSA 16 16 WASHINGTON 1 1
LIVE OAK 16 15 AUSTIN 0 0
GONZALES 11 12 BEE 0 0
LAVACA 11 11 DUVAL 0 0
BURLESON 10 10 GOLIAD 0 0
MADISON 10 9 MAVERICK 0 0
ZAVALA 8 7 MILAM 0 0
FRIO 7 6 ROBERTSON 0 0
BRAZOS 4 4 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.

ConocoPhillips Raises Eagle Ford Reserve Estimates By 39% to 2.5 Billion BOE

250,000 boe/d in Eagle Ford Production Estimated by 2017
ConocoPhillips' Eagle Ford Geologic Map

ConocoPhillips’ Eagle Ford Geologic Map

ConocoPhillips increased its Eagle Ford reserve estimates in early April 2014 by 39% from 1.8 billion to 2.5 billion bbls of oil in place. Company officials say production is expected to exceed 250,000 boe/d in the Eagle Ford by 2017. That’s nearly 100,000 more BOE than the company’s target goal at the end of 2013.

Read more: Conoco Phillips’ Eagle Ford Production Up 58% to 141,000 boe/d in Q4 2013

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ConocoPhillips Eagle Ford Production Up 58% to 141,000 boe/d in Q4 2013

Conoco will spend ~$9 billion on its North American operations in 2014. $4.3 billion will be focused on U.S. shale plays

ConocoPhillips Eagle Ford Map

ConocoPhillips Eagle Ford Map | Click to Enlarge

ConocoPhillips’ Eagle Ford Shale production was 141,000 boe/d in the fourth-quarter of 2013, surpassing fourth quarter 2012 production from the formation by 58%.

The Lower 48 and Latin America accounted for ~28% of the company’s total production.

Read more: Conoco Increasing Eagle Ford Spending in 2014

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ConocoPhillips Is Increasing Eagle Ford Spending in 2014

Two-thirds of Development Capital Will Be Allocated in the Lower 48
ConocoPhillips Eagle Ford Map

ConocoPhillips Eagle Ford Map | Click to Enlarge

ConocoPhillips will spend $16.7 billion in 2014 (6% more than 2013) and 55% of the total ($9.18 billion) is allocated in North America.

Within North America, Conoco expects continued growth from the Eagle Ford, Bakken, and Permian plays. [Read more…]

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