From San Antonio Express News, by Jennifer Hiller: Eagle Ford Shale drillers have started 3,266 new wells so far this year, according to the latest Baker Hughes Well Count.
The numbers show the shale field continuing to pick up steam. Operators have drilled 15.3 percent more wells this year than in the same time period last year.
Last year, there were 3,806 wells started in the Eagle Ford (2,832 in the first three quarters of the year), according to Baker Hughes.
Baker Hughes said that compared to the second quarter, Eagle Ford well count was up by 44 wells, or 4 percent. In the Permian Basin in West Texas the well count increased 66 wells, or 3 percent, in the Permian Basin.
The Williston Basin in North Dakota was up 54 wells, or 8 percent. The quarter-to-quarter well count dropped in the Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas, which was down 35 wells, or 18 percent. The Barnett Shale in North Texas was down 23 wells, or 6 percent.
In the Eagle Ford, there were an average of 233 drilling rigs in the field during the third quarter, and they drilled 4.86 wells per rig. That’s a bit faster than the 4.22 wells per rig during the same months in 2012. The Baker Hughes Well Count is a quarterly census of new onshore oil and gas wells. The count doesn’t include workover, completed or plugged and abandoned wells – just wells that have spudded, or started drilling.