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

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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…]

BNSF & U.S. Silica Plan Frack Sand Storage in San Antonio

Expect 3-4 shipments of 10,000 tons per month coming to San Antonio
Frack Sand Storage

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BNSF and U.S. Silica have plans to build a silica sand storage facility in San Antonio for the Eagle Ford Shale. The facility will have capacity to store 15,000 tons of frack sand and should be operational by early 2013.

U.S. Silica expects to make 3-4 shipments per month of 10,000 tons of frack sand from Illinois to Texas. The company will ship three grades of dry sand, as well as resin coated proppants from a new facility in Rochelle, IL. [Read more…]

Pioneer Natural Resources Using White Sand in Completions

Pioneer’s Eagle Ford Shale completion costs are lowered by as much $700,000 when the company uses white sand instead of ceramic proppant. That’s an almost 10% savings on wells that costs $7-8 million. The company is testing white sand on 30% of its wells in 2011 and 2012. It will take some time to truly determine is white sand can hold up under the pressure of the Eagle Ford Shale.

Pioneer also lowered its drilled but uncompleted well inventory during the second quarter. The company went from 23 wells to just 11 as central gas processing facilities were brought online.

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