Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for January 2019


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AUSTIN –– The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 1,196 original drilling permits in January 2019 compared to 1,166 in January 2018. The January 2019 total included 1,102 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, seven to re-enter plugged well bores and 87 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits is 303 oil, 53 gas, 732 oil or gas, 88 injection, three service and 17 other permits.

In January 2019, Commission staff processed 742 oil, 245 gas, 29 injection and four other completions compared to 739 oil, 179 gas, 44 injection and one other completions in January 2018. Total well completions processed for 2019 year to date are 1,020; up from 963 recorded during the same time period in 2018.

According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of February 8 was 511, representing about 49 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 – JANUARY 2019 TEXAS OIL AND GAS DRILLING PERMITS AND COMPLETIONS BY RAILROAD COMMISSION OF TEXAS DISTRICT*

DISTRICT PERMITS TO DRILL OIL/GAS HOLES NEW OIL COMPLETIONS NEW GAS COMPLETIONS
(1) SAN ANTONIO AREA 175 102 42
(2) REFUGIO AREA 55 105 12
(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS 43 38 9
(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS 17 5 17
(5) EAST CENTRAL TX 7 6 8
(6) EAST TEXAS 30 3 31
(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX 27 19 4
(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA 110 36 0
(8) MIDLAND 622 350 93
(8A) LUBBOCK AREA 69 38 0
(9) NORTH TEXAS 35 30 12
(10) PANHANDLE 6 10 17
TOTAL 1,196 742 245

*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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