Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for December 2019

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FILE – In this June 11, 2019, photo a pump jack operates in an oil field in the Permian Basin in Texas. The world may be heading into an oversupply of oil, and that possibility is hanging over members of the OPEC cartel, which will meet later this week to decide whether to further cut production to boost prices. (Jacob Ford/Odessa American via AP, File)

AUSTIN, Texas (RRC) –The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 803 original drilling permits in December 2019 compared to 811 in December 2018. The December 2019 total included 743 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 8 to re-enter plugged well bores and 52 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits is 162 oil, 37 gas, 571 oil or gas, 23 injection, zero service and 10 other permits.

In December 2019, Commission staff processed 491 oil, 98 gas, 17 injection and three other completions compared to 564 oil, 156 gas, 27 injection and three other completions in December 2018. Total well completions processed for 2019 year to date are 9,238; down from 10,986 recorded during the same time period in 2018.

According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of Jan. 3 was 403, 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:

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

TABLE 1 – DECEMBER 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 102 68 20
(2) REFUGIO AREA 92 56 14
(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS 24 17 3
(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS 10 0 4
(5) EAST CENTRAL TX 4 0 0
(6) EAST TEXAS 19 5 3
(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX 13 6 2
(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA 53 21 0
(8) MIDLAND 430 264 46
(8A) LUBBOCK AREA 23 15 0
(9) NORTH TEXAS 22 35 4
(10) PANHANDLE 11 4 2
TOTAL 803 491 98

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