The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 1,508 original drilling permits in November, 2014, compared to 1,559 in November, 2013. The November total included 1,376 permits to drill new oil and gas wells, 23 to re-enter existing
Grid well bores,
Picks and 109 for re-completions.
Permits issued in November, 2014, included 376 oil, 76 gas, 977 oil and gas, 69 injection, two service and eight other permits.
OCTOBER CRUDE OIL
Texas preliminary October, 2014, crude oil production averaged 2,215,3,55 barrels daily, up from the 1,758,780 barrels daily average of October, 2013.
The preliminary Texas crude oil production figure for October, 2014, is 68,675,991 barrels, up from 54,522,194 barrels reported during October, 2013.
NOVEMBER OIL AND
In November, 2014, operators reported 1,570 oil, 380 gas, 36 injection and five other completions compared to 1,625 oil, 167 gas, 84 injection and three other completions in November, 2013.
Total well completions for 2014 year to date are 27,595 up from 23,311 recorded during the same period in 2013.
Operators reported 1,069 holes plugged and zero dry holes in November, 2014, compared to 431 holes plugged and zero dry holes in November, 2013.
Texas oil and gas wells produced 610,601,042 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) of gas based upon preliminary production figures for October, 2014, up from the October, 2013, preliminary gas production total of 576,413,317 Mcf. Texas preliminary October total gas production averaged 19,696,808 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) a day.
Texas production in October, 2014, came from 162,224 oil wells and 89,802 gas wells.
CRUDE OIL PRODUCTION AS USUAL SHOWS KARNES COUNTY LEADING THE FIELD IN THE
STATE OF TEXAS WITH
FOUR OTHER EAGLE
Karnes County, as usual, continues to lead Texas crude oil producers for the month of October with 6,117,869 barrrels of oil (BBLS). Following right behind in the top five in the state are four other Eagle Ford producers. They are La Salle County – 4,757,866 BBLS; De Witt County – 3,445,796 BBLS; Gonzales County – 3,096,872 BBLS and Mc- Mullen County – 3,031,155 BBLS. Another Eagle Ford producer, Dimmitt County was tenth best producer in the state with 2,512,754 BBLS.
Four Eagle Ford shale total gas producers were in the top ten in the state. They were Webb County, in 2nd place, with 46,108,800 Thousand cubic feet of gas (MCF); Dimmit County in fifth place with 22,383,245 MCF; De Witt County in eighth place with 18,034,659 MCF and Karnes County in ninth place with 16,763,623 MCF. Leading total gas production was Tarrant County in the Barnett shale with 55,258,565 MCF.
RRC PRODUCTION STATISTICS AND ALLOWABLES FOR JANUARY
The Texas average rig count as of December 19, was 867, 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 870 million barrels of oil and 8.0 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
The Railroad Commission of Texas’ estimated final production for October, 2014, is 80,591,275 barrels of crude oil and 526,837,629 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) of gas well gas.
The Commission derives final production numbers by multiplying the preliminary October, 2014, production totals of 68,675,991 barrels of crude oil and 458,438,591 Mcf of gas well gas by a production adjustment factor of 1.1735 for crude oil and 1.1492 for gas well gas. (These production totals do not include casinghead gas or condensate.)
Texas natural gas storage reported to the Commission for November, 2014, was 398,696,996 Mcf compared to 435, 932, 445 Mcf in November, 2013. The December, 2014, gas storage estimate is 404, 532, 804 Mcf.
The Commission’s Oil and Gas Division set initial January, 2015, natural gas production allowables for prorated fields in the state to meet market demand of 7,920,911 Mcf (thousand cubic feet). In setting the initial January, 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 January, 2015, is reported.
LEON ZABAVA is the Oil and Gas Editor for the Pleasanton Express. He can be reached at 830.281.2341 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Texas Railroad Commission contributed to this article.