Carrizo Oil & Gas Plans Big Spending in the Eagle Ford

Carrizo Eagle Ford and Pearsall Map
Carrizo Eagle Ford and Pearsall Map

Carrizo Oil & Gas has allocated $385 million of its $500 million development budget to drilling & completing wells in the South Texas Eagle Ford. The company plans to keep three rigs running in the play throughout 2013.

The company will spend a total of $624 million in 2013. Spending will be allocated as follows:

  • $385 million - Eagle Ford
  • $124 million - Land, seismic, and related activities
  • $70 million - Marcellus Shale
  • $35 million - Niobrara Shale
  • $10 million - Other drilling activities

As of December 2012, Carrizo had drilled 91 horizontal wells and had brought 68 to production. To date, wells have produced a little over 500 bbls/d of oil in the first 30 days and  360 bbls/d of oil over the first 180 days. The company's oil production is also fetching a premium of almost $10 to WTI.

Also, the company has updated its latest figures related to well costs and completions referenced in the map above. Development well costs are now estimated at $6.5-7.5 million and will be completed with 20 frac stages.

Carrizo President and CEO, S. P. "Chip" Johnson, IV stated, "This 2013 plan allows us to maintain our current level of drilling activity plus the addition of a new rig working in the Niobrara Formation for the entirety of 2013. Our rig count will remain at three rigs running in the Eagle Ford Shale, one rig drilling in the Marcellus Shale and now two rigs running in the Niobrara Formation. This drilling activity supports our previously announced 2013 production forecast for approximately 28% annual growth in oil production and a natural gas production decline of approximately 3%.

Read the full press release from the company at