Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for September 2018

10/08/2018

AUSTIN –– The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 974 original drilling permits in September 2018 compared to 903 in September 2017. The September 2018 total included 857 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 11 to re-enter plugged well bores and 106 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits is 271 oil, 55 gas, 576 oil or gas, 62 injection, zero service and 10 other permits.

In September 2018, Commission staff processed 553 oil, 129 gas, 60 injection and two other completions compared to 318 oil, 101 gas, 40 injection and four other completions in September 2017. Total well completions processed for 2018 year to date are 8,041; up from 5,408 recorded during the same time period in 2017.

According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of October 5 was 524, representing about 51 percent of all active rigs in the United States.

For additional drilling permit and completion statistics, visit the Commission’s website at http://www.rrc.texas.gov/oil-gas/research-and-statistics/well-information/monthly-drilling-completion-and-plugging-summaries/.


TABLE 1
– SEPTEMBER 2018 TEXAS OIL AND GAS DRILLING PERMITS AND COMPLETIONS BY RAILROAD COMMISSION OF TEXAS DISTRICT*

DISTRICT

PERMITS TO DRILL OIL/GAS HOLES

OIL COMPLETIONS

GAS COMPLETIONS

(1) SAN ANTONIO AREA

102

75

12

(2) REFUGIO AREA

76

57

20

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

48

15

15

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

21

4

14

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

5

3

2

(6) EAST TEXAS

38

7

21

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

24

10

1

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

77

64

1

(8) MIDLAND

469

262

35

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

55

33

0

(9) NORTH TEXAS

42

18

5

(10) PANHANDLE

17

5

3

TOTAL

974

553

129

*A district map is available on the Railroad Commission of Texas website at http://www.rrc.texas.gov/media/21430/districts_color_8x11.pdf.

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