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Drilling Productivity Report

Release Date:   November 14, 2016  |  Next Release: December 12, 2016   |  full report

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New-well oil production per rig
barrels/day
New-well gas production per rig
thousand cubic feet/day
Region November 2016 December 2016 change   November 2016 December 2016 change
Bakken 927 949 22   1,296 1,343 47
Eagle Ford 1,280 1,307 27   3,525 3,586 61
Haynesville 30 30 -   5,982 6,062 80
Marcellus 69 69 -   12,130 12,290 160
Niobrara 1,142 1,177 35   3,683 3,794 111
Permian 604 611 7    999 1,007 8
Utica 132 123 (9)    8,502 8,579 77
Rig-weighted average 649 643 (6)   2,998 3,120 122
Oil production
thousand barrels/day
Gas production
million cubic feet/day
Region November 2016 December 2016 change   November 2016 December 2016 change
Bakken 932 918 (14)   1,612 1,595 (17)
Eagle Ford 1,011 978 (33)   5,757 5,561 (196)
Haynesville 43 43 -   5,935 5,916 (19)
Marcellus 38 38 -   18,171 18,301 130
Niobrara 402 404 2   4,192 4,160 (32)
Permian 2,038 2,065 27    7,272 7,324 52
Utica 54 52 (2)    4,106 4,094 (12)
Total 4,518 4,498 (20)   47,045 46,951 (94)
Drilled but uncompleted wells (DUC)
wells
Region September 2016 October 2016 change  
Bakken 819 821 2  
Eagle Ford 1,339 1,309 (30)  
Haynesville 160 164 4  
Marcellus 650 643 (7)  
Niobrara 634 635 1
Permian 1,382 1,467 85   
Utica 114 115 1   
Total 5,097 5,155 58  

 

The Drilling Productivity Report uses recent data on the total number of drilling rigs in operation along with estimates of drilling productivity and estimated changes in production from existing oil and natural gas wells to provide estimated changes in oil and natural gas production for seven key regions. EIA's approach does not distinguish between oil-directed rigs and gas-directed rigs because once a well is completed it may produce both oil and gas; more than half of the wells produce both.

While shale resources and production are found in many U.S. regions, at this time EIA is focusing on the seven most prolific areas, which are located in the Lower 48 states. These seven regions accounted for 92% of domestic oil production growth and all domestic natural gas production growth during 2011-14.

key tight oil and shale gas regions