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Visualizing Eagle Ford oil & gas production (through March 2019)

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Eagle Ford - update through March 2019

This article contains still images from the interactive dashboards available in the original blog post. To follow the instructions in this article, please use the interactive dashboards. Furthermore, they allow you to uncover other insights as well.


This interactive presentation contains the latest oil & gas production data from all 22,637 horizontal wells in the Eagle Ford region, that have started producing from 2008 onward, through March 2019.


Visit ShaleProfile blog to explore the full interactive dashboards

March oil production came in at about 1.3 million bo/d, after upcoming revisions, 5% higher than a year earlier. Natural gas production is still hovering at a level close to 6 Bcf/d (switch ‘Product’ to ‘gas’).


The ‘Well quality’ tab shows the average production profiles of all these wells. The wells completed in 2019 are so far slightly ahead of earlier wells. But well productivity has stagnated since 2017, as you’ll find in the bottom chart (‘Cumulative production profiles’).


EOG and ConocoPhillips, the two leading oil operators in the basin are close to their historical output record, which they both set last year.

The ‘Advanced Insights’ presentation is displayed below:


This “Ultimate recovery” overview reveals the relationship between production rates and cumulative production. Wells are grouped by the year in which production started.

The 2,891 horizontal wells that started in 2012 have now recovered 150 thousand barrels of oil each, on average, while their production rate has dropped below 20 bo/d. The wells that have been completed since 2017 are on a path to do 200 thousand barrels before hitting a similar level. Of course, there are major regional differences. In the oil-rich counties Karnes and DeWitt, this metric is closer to 300 thousand barrels of oil.


In the 4th tab, the operators in this area are ranked by their well performance, as measured by the average cumulative production in the first 2 years. Of the operators with more than 100 wells, Devon and ConocoPhillips are showing the best performance. Their wells recovered on average 200 thousand barrels of oil in the first 2 years.


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Production data is subject to revisions, especially for the last few months.

For this presentation, I used data gathered from the following sources:

  • Texas RRC. Production data is provided on lease level. Individual well production data is estimated from a range of data sources, including regular well tests, and pending lease reports.


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