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Drilling Productivity Report

Release Date:   February 13, 2017  |  Next Release: March 13, 2017   |  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 February 2017 March 2017 change   February 2017 March 2017 change
Bakken 987 990 12   1,424 1,455 31
Eagle Ford 1,428 1,438 10   4,436 4,518 82
Haynesville 31 32 1   7,011 7,112 101
Marcellus 69 70 1   12,865 13,028 163
Niobrara 1,285 1,305 20   4,156 4,266 110
Permian 660 668 8    1,097 1,107 10
Utica 110 102 (8)    10,371 10,472 101
Rig-weighted average 699 713 14   3,500 3,509 9
Oil production
thousand barrels/day
Gas production
million cubic feet/day
Region February 2017 March 2017 change   February 2017 March 2017 change
Bakken 994 976 (18)   1,760 1,762 2
Eagle Ford 1,063 1,077 14   5,584 5,559 (25)
Haynesville 43 43 -   6,062 6,171 109
Marcellus 38 39 1   18,913 19,105 192
Niobrara 432 447 15   4,493 4,548 55
Permian 2,180 2,250 70    7,700 7,829 129
Utica 43 41 (2)    4,099 4,161 62
Total 4,793 4,873 80   48,611 49,135 524
Drilled but uncompleted wells (DUC)
wells
Region December 2016 January 2017 change  
Bakken 808 807 (1)  
Eagle Ford 1,244 1,255 11  
Haynesville 156 156 -  
Marcellus 610 600 (10)  
Niobrara 695 708 13
Permian 1,673 1,757 84   
Utica 103 98 (5)   
Total 5,289 5,381 92  

 

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