Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for April 2020

05/12/2020

AUSTIN –– The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 456 original drilling permits in April 2020 compared to 909 in April 2019. The April 2020 total includes 416 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, two to re-enter plugged well bores and 27 for re-completions of existing well bores.

The breakdown of well types for original drilling permits in April 2020 is 97 oil, 15 gas, 311 oil or gas, 15 injection, and 18 other permits.

In April 2020, Commission staff processed 981 oil, 246 gas and 249 injection completions for new drills, re-entries and re-completions, compared to 593 oil, 143 gas, and 36 injection completions in April 2019.

Total well completions processed for 2020 year to date for new drills, re-entries and re-completions are 5,285 compared to 3,244 recorded during the same period in 2019.

Recent Information Technology changes are allowing the Commission to report more detailed data on drilling permits and well completions each month. The information in prior year reports may not correlate exactly to the same results on the new report.  These technological improvements provide more statistics and transparency, and the new report is available on the Commission website at:

https://www.rrc.texas.gov/oil-gas/research-and-statistics/well-information/monthly-drilling-completion-and-plugging-summaries/

TABLE 1 – April 2020 TEXAS OIL AND GAS New DRILLING PERMITS AND COMPLETIONS BY RAILROAD COMMISSION OF TEXAS DISTRICT*

DISTRICT

PERMITS TO DRILL NEW OIL/GAS HOLES

NEW OIL COMPLETIONS

NEW GAS COMPLETIONS

(1) SAN ANTONIO AREA

31

121

11

(2) REFUGIO AREA

40

109

33

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

8

92

16

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

2

2

8

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

5

12

0

(6) EAST TEXAS

10

9

24

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

9

5

1

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

38

38

1

(8) MIDLAND

263

403

105

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

3

57

0

(9) NORTH TEXAS

6

19

7

(10) PANHANDLE

1

5

9

TOTAL

416

872

215

*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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