EOG Accelerates Eaglebine JV With ZaZa by Electing Into Phase II

ZaZa Energy Eaglebine Map
ZaZa Energy Eaglebine Map

EOG Resources joint venture with ZaZa in the Eaglebine is moving into phase two of three. EOG is expected to complete the first three wells this year and was expected to elect into phase two in early 2014. Instead, the company has accelerated its plans.

The deal includes several forms of consideration, so we'll break it out by company:

EOG receives the following:

  • 20,000 net acres as part of agreeing to phase II
  • The companies also agree that EOG will receive an additional 6,000 net acres if the company elects into phase II on or before January 31, 2014

ZaZa receives:

  • $17 million
  • Interests in 15 wells outside the current AMI in Madison County, with a PDP present value of $3 million
  • Costs carry on 1 vertical well, two horizontal wells, and a $1.25 million credit toward land & operational expenses
  • As part of phase III, ZaZa will receive additional interests in the Southern Madison County wells valued at $9 million
  • Additionally in phase II, ZaZa retains 14,000 net acres that EOG can elect into on or before January 31, 2014

ZaZa also receives a 25% interest in approximately 19,000 net acres that have been acquired by EOG in exchange for $2 million plus additional acreage. ZaZa is assigning a 75% working interest in approximately 18,500 net acres in Walker and Madison counties.

This is a significant step forward for our company as we establish our production base and create the right platform for growth. Through this transaction we’ve successfully increased our contiguous JV acreage footprint, established $16.1 million in PDP value across interests in 23 producing wells and will see an influx of $16.5 million in net cash.
— Todd A. Brooks, ZaZa’s CEO

While two wells are still waiting to be completed, I believe this deal signals that EOG is confident in what they've seen from operated and non-operated wells in the area. There would not have been a reason to accelerate the timeline without an optimistic outlook.

Watch to see if EOG elects into phase three later in the year or in January 2014. If they do, I believe we'll see the companies planning for development instead of exploration at some point in 2014.

Read the full press release at zazaenergy.com

Eagle Ford Operator EP Energy Preparing For IPO

EP Energy Eagle Ford Acreage Map
EP Energy Eagle Ford Acreage Map

EP Energy (EPE) has filed to go public. The company was El Paso Corporation's upstream subsidiary and was sold to private investors prior to the Kinder Morgan acquisition of El Paso.

Read more in the article Apollo Buys El Paso's E&P Unit - $7.15 Billion.

EP Energy's primary operations are located in the Eagle Ford, Permian Basin, and Uinta Basin in Utah.

EP Energy has 93,000 net acres and operates 167 wells (as of March '13) in the Eagle Ford. The company is running six rigs in the region and plans to drill 100+ wells in 2013. Eagle Ford production has grown from near zero before 2010 to more than 30,000 boe/d as of the second quarter.

Led by the Eagle Ford, oil production across the company's portfolio has grown almost three-fold since the beginning of 2011.

The company has yet to release much in regard to its IPO. The filing process has started and company has said it will raise as much as $100 million. That means it will stay under the control of its private equity owners. Watch for more information from the company in the coming weeks.

ConocoPhillips Ramping Up for the Future (2011) - Eagle Ford Flashback

ConocoPhillips Eagle Ford Acreage Map
ConocoPhillips Eagle Ford Acreage Map

ConocoPhillips began ramping up in South Texas not long after acquiring Burlington Resources. The following was taken from an Eagle Ford fact sheet over two years ago:

The conception of Eagle Ford started as a play off of a deal between Burlington Resources and Texas Crude. When ConocoPhillips acquired Burlington, the company began seeing well results in the area that enticed it to acquire more acreage, hence the birth of the ConocoPhillips Eagle Ford asset.

"ConocoPhillips was fortunate to acquire a strong position with low acreage costs in the Eagle Ford, one of the best shale plays in the county, before industry attention in that area became so intense," said Don Hrap, president, ConocoPhillips Americas. "When early results pointed toward a good opportunity to capture resource, the decision to ramp up was obvious."

With encouragement from top management in November 2009, Eagle Ford development was a go, and there was no looking back.

Read the full release at conocophillips.com

Talisman Energy Shopping For Eagle Ford Buyers

Talisman Eagle Ford Map
Talisman Eagle Ford Map

Talisman Energy has retained the Royal Bank of Canada to determine if buyers are interested in the company's Eagle Ford acreage.

Talisman previously announced plans to divest $2-3 billion in non-core assets. The Eagle Ford is a core holding, but there are hopes the company could get as much as $2 billion for its 74,000 acres and 30,000 boe/d (2013 guidance).

Talisman has already transferred operatorship of three rigs to Statoil, so the company's operations are smaller today. Statoil will operate half of the JV's acreage once they get to full scale. Talisman and Statoil agreed to an Eagle Ford JV in 2010.

The most logical buyer is Statoil, but we'll have to wait to see if the company has the confidence in the area to pay a premium for complimentary acreage.

Talisman estimates its Eagle Ford acreage holds:

  • 450 mmboe in resource
  • 1,000 gross remaining well locations
  • Wells are 60% liquids
  • Average IP is 1,100 boe/d
  • Well costs average $8.5 million

A Reuters article also noted:

One of the sources said that outperformance by peers in the Eagle Ford could be adding to pressure on the Calgary, Alberta-based company.

Read the full article at reuters.com

Penn Virginia Pearsall Well Test Drilling as Eagle Ford Reserves Surge

Penn Virginia Eagle Ford Acreage Map
Penn Virginia Eagle Ford Acreage Map

Penn Virginia Corp grew Eagle Ford reserves 161% in 2012 from 10 mmboe to 26.1 mmboe. Reserves received a boost as the company's production grew to 6,900 boe/d in the fourth quarter of 2012, which represents growth of 600 boe/d over third quarter volumes of 6,300 boe/d.

Penn Virginia has plans to spend 88% or ~$335 million of its $360-400 million budget in the Eagle Ford.

H. Baird Whitehead, CEO, concluded, “Our steadily improving results have been driven primarily by our oily Eagle Ford Shale play where we significantly increased our acreage and drilling inventory during 2012. Building on this success, we plan to commit approximately 88 percent of estimated 2013 capital expenditures to the Eagle Ford Shale, drilling approximately 38 (28.8 net) wells and focusing on expanding our Eagle Ford Shale position.”

The company also expects estimated ultimate recovery (EUR) for Eagle Ford wells with full-length laterals in Gonzales County are approximately 400,000 boe and in Lavaca County EURs are approximately 500,000 boe. A recently completed Eagle Ford well, the Technik #1H in Lavaca County, was completed with 18 frac stages and tested at an initial rate of 1,136 b/d and 1.9 mmcfd on a 25/64th inch choke at flowing casing pressure of approximately 2,350 psi.

In January, PVA had 66 (55.1 net) Eagle Ford Shale wells on line, with one (0.9 net) well waiting on completion, two wells being drilled in the Eagle Ford Shale in Lavaca County and one horizontal test well being drilled in the Pearsall Shale in Gonzales County.

Currently, the company has approximately 40,000 gross ( 32,000 net) acres targeting the Eagle Ford Shale. In the fourth quarter, the company added approximately 2,000 net acres at a cost of approximately $4.9 million

Gonzales County Pearsall Well Being Tested

The company should begin completion of it's Pearsall test in Gonzales County late in the first quarter. The company completed a vertical well and a core test in 2012. Watch for well results as this will be one of the first publicized Pearsall wells in the area. EOG is testing other formations in the area, but has yet to comment on its exploration program publically.