Eagle Ford

Eagle Ford Shale Description ImageThe Eagle Ford shale formation in South Texas runs from the US-Mexico border north of Laredo in a narrow band extending northeast for several hundred miles to just north of Houston. It is located directly below the Austin Chalk. The average thickness of the Eagle Ford shale is about 475 feet. The more active part of the region is mainly in McMullen, Maverick, Dimmit, La Salle, Karnes, Live Oak, and Atascosa counties. The formation produces both natural gas and oil, but it is the oil-producing and gas condensate areas that are hottest right now.

Houston-based Apache Corp. and EOG Resources are two of the largest lease-holders in the Eagle Ford. Other major players include Petrohawk, Swift Energy, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Murphy Oil, Chesapeake, Cabot Oil & Gas, and Pioneer Natural Resources.

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Eagle Ford Shale News

Apache’s 2015 capital budget less than half of last year’s $8.5 billion

Feb 12, 2015

Apache Corp., Houston, plans a capital budget of $3.6-4 billion in 2015, with $2.1-2.3 billion directed toward onshore North America and $1.5-1.7 billion for international and offshore.

PNR cuts capital spending nearly in half

Feb 11, 2015

Pioneer Natural Resources Co. (PNR), Dallas, plans to spend $1.85 billion in 2015 following a fourth quarter in which the company reported a net income of $431 million. The new budget represents a 45% reduction from 2014 capital spending for continuing operations, a change attributed to low oil prices.

EIA: US gasoline prices to average $1/gal less in 2015 vs. 2014

Feb 10, 2015

US regular gasoline retail prices are expected to average $2.33/gal in 2015, down from $3.36/gal in 2014, according to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest Short Term Energy Outlook (STEO).

WoodMac: Eagle Ford production tops 1 billion bbl

Feb 10, 2015

Analysts forecast increasing unconventional US production during 2015 with one of the prolific plays being the Eagle Ford shale in South Texas.

Accenture: Eagle Ford operators cut costs with integrated planning, better logistics

Feb 10, 2015

Accenture examined the importance of integrated planning and logistics as a way to save money for operators in the South Texas Eagle Ford, a region that the unconventional oil and gas industry already considers as a model for the manufacturing approach.

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Feb 10, 2015

Texas A&M studies water used for Eagle Ford fracturing

Feb 10, 2015

Development of unconventional plays led to a rapid proliferation of the use of hydraulic fracturing, which has boosted US production rates. Yet, fracturing remains under intense scrutiny for various reasons, including water usage.

BHI: US rig count down 87 units in 10th straight week of losses

Feb 6, 2015

The US drilling rig count plunged 87 units, a decline that was again spurred mostly by oil rigs, to settle at 1,456 rigs working during the week ended Feb. 6, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Anadarko reports 2014 loss, remains upbeat about Wattenberg

Feb 3, 2015

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. announced a 2014 net loss of $1.75 billion, or $3.47/share diluted, including a net loss of $4.05 billion associated with the settlement of litigation involving its subsidiary, Tronox Inc., yet company executives remained upbeat about production growth.

PwC: Low oil prices might drive surge in restructuring in 2015

Jan 29, 2015

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the oil and gas industry hit 10-year highs in terms of deal value and volume in 2014, according to a report from PwC US. The record breaking year was primarily driven by a significant level of deals valued at more than $1 billion, especially in second-half 2014.

Carrizo cuts drilling, completion spending by 35%

Jan 27, 2015

Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc., Houston, is cutting its drilling and completion capital expenditure plan for the year by 35% to $450-470 million, but expects to keep oil production roughly flat with last year’s fourth quarter.

ETP, Regency to merge in $18-billion deal

Jan 26, 2015

Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP) and Regency Energy Partners have agreed to merge in a unit-for-unit transaction, plus a one-time cash payment to Regency unit holders, valued at $18 billion, including the assumption of net debt and other liabilities of $6.8 billion.

BHI: US rig count falls for 8th straight week, down 43 units

Jan 23, 2015

The US drilling rig count fell 43 units to settle at 1,633 rigs working during the week ended Jan. 23, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

BHP to reduce US onshore rigs by 40% by July

Jan 21, 2015

Australia’s BHP Billiton will reduce its US onshore rig presence from 26 to 16 by July in response to lower oil prices.

BHI: US rig count plunges 74 units, hits lowest total since October 2010

Jan 16, 2015

The US drilling rig count plunged 74 units—all on land—to settle at 1,676 rigs working during the week ended Jan. 16, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. That’s the lowest total since the Oct. 29, 2010, rig count, which totaled 1,672.

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