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Drilling Productivity Report

Release Date:  July 13, 2020  |  Next Release: August 17, 2020  |  full report

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DUC data (aggregated by region)



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New-well oil production per rig
barrels/day
New-well gas production per rig
thousand cubic feet/day
Region July 2020 August 2020 change   July 2020 August 2020 change
Anadarko 1,001 1,401 400   5,700 7,694 1,994
Appalachia 151 154 3   20,323 20,750 427
Bakken 1,385 2,147 762   2,304 3,570 1,266
Eagle Ford 1,789 2,416 627   6,184 8,348 2,164
Haynesville 23 23 -   10,792 10,803 11
Niobrara 1,460 1,971 511   4,817 5,685 868
Permian 824 964 140    1,624 1,867 243
Rig-weighted average 805 904 99   5,474 6,659 1,185
Oil production
thousand barrels/day
Gas production
million cubic feet/day
Region July 2020 August 2020 change   July 2020 August 2020 change
Anadarko 391 373 (18)   6,159 5,978 (181)
Appalachia 116 115 (1)   32,923 32,713 (210)
Bakken 1,095 1,113 18   2,485 2,514 29
Eagle Ford 1,129 1,106 (23)   6,102 6,017 (85)
Haynesville 37 36 (1)   11,802 11,669 (133)
Niobrara 618 600 (18)   5,352 5,272 (80)
Permian 4,160 4,147 (13)   15,443 15,391 (52)
Total 7,546 7,490 (56)   80,266 79,554 (712)
Drilled but uncompleted wells (DUC)
wells
Region May 2020 June 2020 change  
Anadarko 717 710 (7)  
Appalachia 579 568 (11)  
Bakken 875 882 7  
Eagle Ford 1,301 1,295 (6)  
Haynesville 263 264 1  
Niobrara 450 452 2   
Permian 3,439 3,488 49   
Total 7,624 7,659 35  

NOTE:
The Drilling Productivity Report (DPR) rig productivity metric new-well oil/natural gas production per rig can become unstable during periods of rapid decreases or increases in the number of active rigs and well completions. The metric uses a fixed ratio of estimated total production from new wells divided by the region's monthly rig count, lagged by two months. The metric does not represent new-well oil/natural gas production per newly completed well.

The DPR metric legacy oil/natural gas production change can become unstable during periods of rapid decreases or increases in the volume of well production curtailments or shut-ins. This effect has been observed during winter weather freeze-offs, extreme flooding events, and the 2020 global oil demand contraction. The DPR methodology involves applying smoothing techniques to most of the data series because of inherent noise in the data.

 

March 2020 Supplement: Base production accounts for a material share of total U.S. tight oil production.

key tight oil and shale gas regions


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.