Texas drilling permits and completions statistics for April 2017

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Texas Railroad Commission

Rig count as of May 5 was 443, representing 50% of active rigs in US

AUSTIN –– The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 909 original drilling permits in April 2017 compared to 683 in April 2016, according to a press release.

The April total included 821 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, nine to re-enter plugged well bores and 79 for re-completions of existing well bores.

The breakdown of well types for those permits issued April 2017 included 223 oil, 55 gas, 576 oil or gas, 36 injection, one service and 18 other permits.

In April 2017, Commission staff processed 439 oil, 44 gas, 45 injection and two other completions compared to 873 oil, 120 gas, 49 injection and five other completions in April 2016.

Total well completions processed for 2017 year to date are 2,455; down from 4,499 recorded during the same period in 2016.

According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of May 5 was 443, representing about 50 per cent of all active rigs in the United States.

TABLE 1 – APRIL 2017 OIL AND GAS DRILLING PERMITS AND COMPLETIONS BY RAILROAD COMMISSION OF DISTRICT*

DISTRICT PERMITS TO DRILL OIL/GAS HOLES OIL COMPLETIONS GAS COMPLETIONS
(1) SAN ANTONIO AREA 183 54 13
(2) REFUGIO AREA 60 46 3
(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS 43 12 2
(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS 24 9 8
(5) EAST CENTRAL TX 8 6 0
(6) EAST TEXAS 28 6 0
(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX 23 15 3
(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA 51 51 0
(8) MIDLAND 401 185 11
(8A) LUBBOCK AREA 34 23 0
(9) NORTH TEXAS 29 19 3
(10) PANHANDLE 25 13 1
TOTAL 909 439 44

 

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