Conoco Liquids Up 22% in Lower 48 Thanks to Eagle Ford

Eagle Ford Condensate Exports Tabled For Now
Conoco Phillips Ealge Ford Acreage Map

Conoco Phillips Ealge Ford Acreage Map

Liquids production volumes from Conoco Phillips’ (COP) Lower 48 assets increased by 22% year-over-year thanks largely to the Eagle Ford and the Bakken, company officials reported in their second quarter 2014 report at the end of July.

COP production grew by 38% year-over-year to 208,000 boe/d in the Eagle Ford Shale and Bakken Shale plays combined. That’s ~39% of the company’s total production for its Lower 48 asset portfolio. In the Eagle Ford alone, production grew 12% quarter-on-quarter from 140,000 boe/d to 157,000 boe/d. However, company officials expect for the rate of growth to slow in both plays in the second half of the year due to multi-pad drilling effects and weather-related issues in the fourth quarter.

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

Conoco’s EVP, Exploration and Production Matt Fox, said, “we expect to have multi pad drilling effects and are anticipating winter weather impacts in the fourth quarter. So the rate of growth will slow in the second half of the year. The net effect of this is we are still on track to achieve our 2014 volume targets for both the Eagle Ford and Bakken but we do expect rates to flatten in third and fourth quarters and then begin to ramp up as we head in to 2015.”

Conoco Doesn’t Have Plans to Apply for Permit to Export Eagle Ford Condensate

Despite advocating for condensate and crude oil exports, COP management indicated in the company’s second quarter conference call on July 31st that it would not apply with the U.S. Commerce Department (U.S. DoC) for a permit to export Eagle Ford condensate.

Recently, the U.S. Commerce Department granted permission to certain companies to export minimally processed Eagle Ford condensate, which it considers a refined product. The oil export ban, which has been in place for nearly forty years does not limit the export of refined products. Just last week, BHP Billiton, a major Eagle Ford producer, applied with the U.S. DoC for an export permit.

Read more: Eagle Ford’s BHP Billiton Seeks to Export Condensate

CEO Ryan Lance, said, “the larger issue we are having in North America is growing light oil production and the feasibility or the capacity being used up in the refining sector to really absorb. Right now we’re getting most of our condensate to the Gulf Coast putting it on ships and getting it around.”

Lance continued, saying if the company saw an advantage to applying for a similar permit to those recently issued, the company would approach the U.S. DoC.


Murphy Hits Record Eagle Ford Production in Q2 2014

Upper Eagle Ford Tests Could Boost Drilling Inventory
Murphy Eagle Ford Acreage

Murphy Eagle Ford Acreage | Click to Enlarge

Murphy Oil Corp.’s second-quarter Eagle Ford production hit a new company record of 52,184 boe/d, with a 90% liquids cut. That’s up about 6% from the previous quarter and 33% year-over-year. Murphy expects to surpass 60,000 boe/d in 2015. At current rates, the company should realize its anticipated production target in the first or second quarter of next year.

Portfolio-wide, the company averaged total production of 210,191 boe/d, which is about 3% less than anticipated for the quarter. The shortfall was attributed to Murphy’s operational delays relating to its offshore business in Malaysia.

Read more: Murphy’s Eagle Ford Production Grows to 39,000 boe/d in 2013

In the Eagle Ford Shale, 53 new wells were brought on line during the quarter. That’s up from 44 wells in the first quarter of 2014.

The company is currently operating eight drilling rigs and four completions across the play. Murphy expects to bring on a total of 200 wells (including non-operated locations) in 2014.

Murphy’s Upper Eagle Ford Tests Could Boost Drilling Inventory

According to company officials, further testing for upside potential in the Upper Eagle Ford Shale zone is expected, which could yield 600 additional well locations, beyond the 1,500 locations remaining to be drilled in the Lower Eagle Ford Shale. Murphy officials also indicate downspacing efforts across the Eagle Ford continue to deliver positive results. At the company’s current pace, officials expect 10 + years of drilling.

Furthermore, Murphy is in the process of conducting negotiations for two separate pipeline arrangements in its Karnes and Tilden areas of the play to transport up to 28,000 b/d oil net to market. The company hopes to reduce trucking operations and improve overall reliability.