JANUARY PERMITS TO DRILL
The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 1,102 original drilling permits in January 2015 compared to 1,791 in January 2014. The January total included 971 permits to drill new oil and gas wells,18 to re-enter existing well bores and 113 for re-completions. Permits issued in January 2015 included 254 oil, 90 gas, 697 oil and gas, 39 injection, zero service and 22 other permits.
DECEMBER CRUDE OIL PRODUCTION
Texas preliminary December 2014 crude oil production averaged 2,292,718 barrels daily, up from the 1,797,302 barrels daily average of December 2013.
The preliminary Texas crude oil production figure for December 2014 is 71,074,245 barrels, up from 55,716,350 barrels reported during December 2013.
JANUARY OIL AND GAS COMPLETIONS
In January 2015, operators reported 1,450 oil, 344 gas, 198 injection and five other completions compared to 3,131 oil, 398 gas, 72 injection and six other completions in January 2014.
Total well completions for 2015 year to date are 1,997 down from 3,607 recorded during the same period in 2014.
Operators reported 1,104 holes plugged and zero dry holes in January 2015 compared to 750 holes plugged and zero dry holes in January 2014.
DECEMBER NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION
Texas oil and gas wells produced 627,692,206 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) of gas based upon preliminary production figures for December 2014 up from the December 2013 preliminary gas production total of 552,754,978 Mcf. Texas preliminary December total gas production averaged 20,248,136 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) a day.
Texas production in December 2014 came from 160,670 oil wells and 90,448 gas wells. TOP FIVE CRUDE OIL PRODUCERS IN TEXAS ARE IN
THE EAGLE FORD SHALE
Eagle Ford shale crude oil producers lead the state of Texas in production for the month of December. As usual, Karnes County leads all with production of 6,513,514 barrels of oil (BBLS) in December with these Eagle Ford counties following behind: 2nd in the state is La Salle County – 4,460091 BBLS; 3rd – De Witt County – 3,832,694 BBLS; 4th – McMullen County – 3,400,016 BBLS; 5th – Gonzales County – 3,344,122 BBLS. Eagle Ford producer coming in seventh place in Texas is Dimmit County – 2,506,078 BBLS.
There were five total gas producers from the Eagle Ford shale in the top ten in the state of Texas. In 2nd place in the state from the Eagle Ford was Webb County with 52,706,668 MCF;