Kinder Morgan Eagle Ford Infrastructure Updates

Kinder Morgan provided an Eagle Ford pipeline and midstream update in its quarterly call last week.¬†The company realized better results in relation to it’s pipeline and gathering network in the Eagle Ford, while staying on target to complete a $220 million condensate pipeline that will terminate in the Houston Ship Channel. Kinder also announced a $130 million condensate processing facility in Galena Park, TX, that will have capacity of 25,000 b/d initially (potential for 100,000 b/d). ¬†Quotes below: [Read more…]

SM Energy Q3 Operations Update

SM Energy announced earnings last night (Oct. 31) and provided an operations update. In the Eagle Ford, production grew 32% over the second quarter to 128 mmcfe/d. The big jump was primarily attributable to the Eagle Ford Gathering pipeline that came online in the third quarter.

Production was lower than the company expected for several reported reasons: Intermittent downstream constraints, construction related downtime on midstream facilities, and a greater number of wells being shut-in while offset wells were being completed. The company even scaled back drilling plans in the quarter to keep from creating a larger backlog of completed wells waiting for sufficient gathering capabilities.

SM plans to run 5 rigs in the play throughout 2012. Eight pilot areas are currently under development to test downspacing and longer laterals. Data gathered by year end will contribute to development decisions in 2012. Three multi-well pads have been constructed and are expected to lower costs across three wells by $1 million.

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