Baytex Breaks-Even at $30 a Barrel in the Eagle Ford

Baytex Energy announced strong first quarter results for its Eagle Ford assets, including increased performance and a break-even point at $30 per barrel of WTI.

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For 2017, Baytex Energy is focusing ~ 70% of its budgeted E&D spending on the Eagle Ford Shale Play. The Calgary-based company reports they expect the development window in the region is in excess of 10 years at the current pace. 

First Quarter 2017: Eagle Ford

Throughout the quarter, Baytex saw strong growth and reduced costs for its Eagle Ford assets. Quarterly highlights include:

  • Production increased 8% to 36,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day
  • Increased pace of development to five drilling rigs and two completion crews 
  • Integrated the Peace River acquisition which closed on January 20, 2017
  • Participated in the drilling of 36 (8.4 net) wells and commenced production from 33 (9.4 net) wells
  • Break even price in the region is at $30 a barrel
  • Record low well costs of approximatelyUS$4.5 million, down 20% from Q1/2016.
Our pace of development in the Eagle Ford is expected to remain stable throughout 2017 with 4-5 drilling rigs and 2 completion crews working on our lands. At this pace, we expect to bring approximately 34 net wells on production in 2017.
— Baytex Energy Press Release

Improved Performance and Efficiency

The following chart shows Baytex' increased performance and efficiency over the years. Improvements in drilling and completion design have increased 30-day IP rates by approximately 105% since Q4/2011 with 180-day cumulative recovery increasing 63% over the same time period. Drilling times have decreased by 63% since Q4/2011 resulting in reduced completed well costs.

Source: Baytex Energy

Source: Baytex Energy