Portions of BHP’s Eagle Ford Gathering System Closed Due to Corrosion

$1.8 Billion in Eagle Ford Spending Planned from January to June

BHP Billiton LogoBHP Billiton reported in February 2014 that portions of its Eagle Ford gathering system have been temporarily closed due to corrosion. The cause of the corrosion issue is at present being evaluated by the company.

The gathering system closure was revealed in BHP’s December 2013 financial report of Petrohawk. BHP is required to report operations updates and financial results to Petrohawk’s debt holders, after acquiring the company in 2011.

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BHP Eagle Ford Gathering Line Closure Operations Impact

According to BHP, production is continuing in the Eagle Ford, despite the interruption from the line closure. The company has increased the use of trucking to deliver product to market, and claims that there should be no significant impact on production.

BHP Eagle Ford Expenditures To Go Down in 2014

Onshore U.S. drilling and development cost BHP $2.4 billion in the second half of 2013. About 75% of this expense or $1.8 billion was spent in the Eagle Ford, mostly in the company’s liquids-rich Black Hawk acreage. The company achieved a 72% increase in production for onshore US liquids in the second half of 2013, which was primarily attributable to the Black Hawk acreage.

In 2014, expenditures are expected to decrease in the second half of the financial year, following a 35% decrease in the company’s active rig count to 26.

BHP Eagle Ford Highlights in Second Half of 2013

  • Eagle Ford gathering line system closed due to corrosion
  • BHP using trucks to deliver product to market
  • $1.8 billion Eagle Ford spending in second half of 2013
  • 72% increase in production for onshore US liquids
  • Active rig count down to 26 – 35% decrease

Penn Virginia Sells Eagle Ford Midstream Assets to ArcLight Capital – $100 Million

119 Miles of Pipelines in Gonzales and Lavaca Counties Included
Penn Virginia Eagle Ford Operations Update - Dec 2013

Penn Virginia Eagle Ford Operations Update – Dec 2013 | Click to Enlarge

Penn Virginia is selling its natural gas midstream assets in the Eagle Ford to an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners (American Midstream) for $100 million.

The deal includes gas gathering, a gas lift system, 119 miles of pipelines and associated facilities in Gonzales and Lavaca counties.
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Pioneer Natural Resources Eagle Ford Production Up & Costs Down

Eagle Ford Production On Pace To Eclipse 40,000 boe/d In 2013
Pioneer Eagle Ford Production Chart

Pioneer Eagle Ford Production Chart | Click to Enlarge

Pioneer Natural Resources’ Eagle Ford production was up to 37,000 boe/d in the first quarter.

That’s an increase from 35,000 boe/d in the fourth quarter and a 2012 average of 28,000 boe/d.

Pioneer drilled 37 wells in the quarter and brought 35 of those to production. In total, the company expects to drill 130 wells at a cost of $7-8 million each this year. Those wells will be drilled with just 10 rigs compared to 12 in 2012. [Read more…]

High Point Infrastructure Building Eagle Ford Gathering – Gonzales

Assets Will Have Capacity of 95,000 b/d & 15 mmcfd

High Point Infrastructure Partners has reached an agreement to build gathering and processing infrastructure in Gonzales County, TX. [Read more…]

SM Energy Expects Eagle Ford Condensate Discount – Interruptible Gathering

Eagle Ford Production Up 74% From Q1 2012
SM Energy Operated Eagle Ford Acreage Map

SM Energy Operated Acreage | Click to Enlarge

SM Energy expects its Eagle Ford condensate production will realize a long-term average discount of $7-8 to NYMEX prices. Oil production in the region averaged price realizations of 101% and 103% of WTI in the fourth quarter of 2012 and first quarter of 2013, respectively. [Read more…]

Pioneer Natural Resources Expanding Use of Pad Drilling in 2013

Horizontal Wells Will Have Laterals Extending 6,200 ft, From 5,700 ft in 2012
Pioneer Eagle Ford Update Map

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Pioneer Natural Resources’ (PXD) Eagle Ford drilling will come from centralized pads 80% of the time in 2013. That’s up from 45% of the time in 2012 and will allow the company to drill 130 wells with just 10 rigs. Pioneer saves $600,00-700,000 per well when utilizing pads. Approximately 130 wells were drilled in 2012 with an average of 12 rigs running. [Read more…]