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Drilling Productivity Report

Release Date: September 12, 2022 Next Release Date: October 17, 2022 full reportPDF
New-well oil production per rig
barrels/day
New-well gas production per rig
thousand cubic feet/day
Region September 2022 October 2022 change September 2022 October 2022 change
Anadarko 711 713 2 3,835 3,843 8
Appalachia 191 191 - 27,855 27,869 14
Bakken 1,732 1,735 3 2,537 2,552 15
Eagle Ford 1,688 1,654 (34) 6,386 6,258 (128)
Haynesville 20 20 - 10,912 10,858 (54)
Niobrara 1,500 1,485 (15) 3,759 3,703 (56)
Permian 1,083 1,078 (5) 2,127 2,116 (11)
Rig-weighted average 997 996 (1) 5,671 5,587 (84)
Oil production
thousand barrels/day
Gas production
million cubic feet/day
Region September 2022 October 2022 change September 2022 October 2022 change
Anadarko 424 432 8 6,715 6,724 9
Appalachia 120 122 2 35,486 35,577 91
Bakken 1,183 1,204 21 3,191 3,223 32
Eagle Ford 1,224 1,250 26 7,101 7,220 119
Haynesville 37 37 - 15,835 16,023 188
Niobrara 648 657 9 5,223 5,238 15
Permian 5,347 5,413 66 20,584 20,736 152
Total 8,983 9,115 132 94,135 94,741 606
Drilled but uncompleted wells (DUC)
wells
Region July 2022 August 2022 change
Anadarko 716 709 (7)
Appalachia 529 521 (8)
Bakken 426 425 (1)
Eagle Ford 620 622 2
Haynesville 483 491 8
Niobrara 345 354 9
Permian 1,180 1,161 (19)
Total 4,299 4,283 (16)

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.

September 2021 Supplement: Gas-to-oil ratios in U.S. primary oil-producing regions.
January 2021 Supplement: Base production in North Dakota has fully recovered after a significant reduction.
September 2020 Supplement: With low rig counts, the inventory of drilled but uncompleted (DUC) wells provides short-term reserve for completions of new wells.
August 2020 Supplement: Rig counts fall but new-well production per rig rise as new-well production persists.
March 2020 Supplement: Base production accounts for a material share of total U.S. tight oil production.

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