The EIA has just began posting data on the six major tight oil and gas production areas, Bakken, Eagle Ford, Haynesville, Marcellas, Niobrara and Permian. All this data can be found at: EIA Drilling Productivity Report.
To the right of the chart you will see several PDF links. Ignore all of them except the last one: Full Report. That is simply all the above links combined into one.
Then if you would like the data in Excel format click on: Report data (aggregated by region) That link will download all the data in the PDF charts in an Excel Spreadsheet.
And from this data you can create Excel Charts as I have done below. The first chart is production in barrels per day from each of the six oil and gas producing regions. Oil is my main concern, not gas, but others may find the gas data just as interesting.
Of note: We finally have production data and decline rate data on Eagle Ford. We also have Permian data, which produces more oil than either the Bakken or Eagle Ford but the Permian has peaked or nearly so. It is still increasing by about 1 kb/d but each rig is only producing 79 new barrels per month and that just barely keeps up with declines. New Production is estimated to be 35 kb/d in November and declines are expected to be 34 kb/d. for a gain of about 1 kb/d.
Also the EIA says this data is through September with Estimates for October and November. And also of note is the fact that the EIA's data does not match the North Dakota data for the Bakken. A few months it is lower than the ND data but usually it is a lot higher. Some months it is over 90,000 bp/d higher than the Bakken and 30,000 bp/d higher than all North Dakota. The EIA says it is Bakken Data but I suspect it could be all North Dakota data. Anyway the first chart, production.
EDIT: Jim Hansen just posted me and he says he thinks the difference is that the EIA is including the Montana Bakken in their data. That makes perfect sense because part of the Bakken is in Montana.
Eagle Ford has surpassed the Bakken in oil production. But Eagle ford is fast approaching the Red Queen stage. The Chart below is decline rates of all old wells. The data does not include new wells brought on line in the latest month,
The Bakken is declining by 60,000 barrels per day. That is an increase of 16,288 barrels per day over what they were declining by last November. Their decline rate increased by over 37 percent in the past year. But Eagle Ford did even worse. Their decline rate is almost 81,000 barrels per day an increase of 26,719 barrels per day or almost 50 percent over the last year. Only Niobrara's decline rate is increasing faster. Their decline rate increased by over 55 percent over the last year.
What this means of course is that right now the Bakken's rigs must produce an increase of 60,000 barrels per day just to break even. In November the EIA estimates that their increase will be 86,000 bp/d for a net increase of 26,000 bp/d. And Eagle Ford is declining at 81,000 barrels per day. The EIA estimates that their new wells will show an increase of 105,000 bp/d for a net increase of 24,000 bp/d.
What this means is that if the decline rate continues at the same percentage rate, then in one year the Bakken will need to increase production by 82,500 barrels per day just to break even and Eagle Ford would need to increase production by 120,600 barrels per day just to stay even. That is the That is about what the Bakken is producing today and a little more than Eagle Ford is producing. This means that Eagle Ford will peak, or reach the Red Queen stage in the second half of next year and the Bakken soon thereafter, in the first half of 2015.
And I don't know if this means a lot but some of the data is labeled "per rig" not "per well".
I found the "New Well Production Data" I was looking for:
Source: David Hughes, AGU presentation, December 2012.
The average new well produces 400 barrels per day the first month of production, or it did when David Hughes published this report, link above.
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