Railroad Commission drilling permits, stats shared

1,506 drilling permits issued in December, 2014


Abraxas Petroleum drilling south of Jourdanton-Pleasanton in the Eagle Ford Shale.

Abraxas Petroleum drilling south of Jourdanton-Pleasanton in the Eagle Ford Shale.

DECEMBER PERMITS TO DRILL

The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 1,506 original drilling permits in December 2014 compared to 1,619 in December 2013. The December total included 1,354 permits to drill new oil and gas wells, 22 to re-enter existing well bores and 130 for re-completions. Permits issued in December 2014 included 425 oil, 92 gas, 922 oil and gas, 50 injection, four service and 13 other permits.

NOVEMBER CRUDE OIL PRODUCTION

Texas preliminary November 2014 crude oil production averaged 2,255,356 barrels daily, up from the 1,815,244 barrels daily average of November 2013.

The preliminary Texas crude oil production figure for November 2014 is 67,660,682 barrels, up from 54,457,319 barrels reported during November 2013.

DECEMBER OIL AND GAS COMPLETIONS

In December 2014, operators reported 1,559 oil, 353 gas, 45 injection and two other completions compared to 1,348 oil, 156 gas, 107 injection and zero other completions in December 2013.

Total well completions for 2014 year to date are 29,554 up from 24,922 recorded during the same period in 2013.

Operators reported 1,215 holes plugged and zero dry holes in December 2014 compared to 447 holes plugged and zero dry holes in December 2013.

NOVEMBER NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION

Texas oil and gas wells produced 600,389,620 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) of gas based upon preliminary production figures for November 2014 up from the November 2013 preliminary gas production total of 561,055,502 Mcf. Texas preliminary November total gas production averaged 20,012,987 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) a day.

Texas production in November 2014 came from 160,687 oil wells and 93,043 gas wells.

SIX EAGLE FORD COUNTIES IN TOP TEN CRUDE OIL PRODUCERS IN TEXAS, LED BY KARNES COUNTY

Karnes County again led the state in crude oil production with 6,203,766 barrels of oil (BBLS) in the November report by the Railroad Commission. Coming in second and third were Eagle Ford Counties La Salle – 4,356,101 BBLS and De Witt County – 3,725,324 BBLS. Eagle Ford Counties in fifth, sixth and tenth were Gonzales County – 2,869,949 BBLS; McMullen County – 2,865,076 BBLS.

Four Eagle Ford Shale total gas producers were in the top ten in the state. Second in the state was Webb County – 46,133,110 Total Gas (MCF). In sixth, eighth and ninth were these Eagle Ford total gas producers: Dimmit County – 20,194,317 MCF; De Witt County – 17,334,810 MCF and Karnes County – 16,494,125. Again, leading total gas production in the state was Tarrant County in the Barnett Shale with 52,541,330 MCF.

RRC PRODUCTION STATISTICS AND ALLOWABLES FOR FEBRUARY 2015 01/29/2015

The Texas average rig count as of January 23, was 753, representing about 48 percent of all active land rigs in the United States according to Baker Hughes Incorporated. The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) reports that in the last 12 months, total Texas reported production was 885 million barrels of oil and 8.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

The Commission’s estimated final production for November 2014 is 79,190,062 barrels of crude oil and 530,557,004 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) of gas well gas.

The Commission derives final production numbers by multiplying the preliminary November 2014 production totals of 67,660,682 barrels of crude oil and 456,982,777 Mcf of gas well gas by a production adjustment factor of 1.1704 for crude oil and 1.1610 for gas well gas. (These production totals do not include casinghead gas or condensate.)

Texas natural gas storage reported to the Commission for December 2014 was 388,767,472 Mcf compared to 369,082,189 Mcf in December 2013. The January 2014 gas storage estimate is 338,345,874 Mcf.

The Commission’s Oil and Gas Division set initial February 2015 natural gas production allowables for prorated fields in the state to meet market demand of 7,004,373 Mcf (thousand cubic feet). In setting the initial February 2015 allowables, the Commission used historical production figures from previous months, producers’ demand forecasts for the coming month and adjusted the figures based on well capability. These initial allowables will be adjusted after actual production for February 2015 is reported.

LEON ZABAVA is the Oil and Gas Editor for the Pleasanton Express. He can be reached at 830.281.2341 or lzabava@pleasantonexpress.com. RRC of Texas contributed to this article.


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