The February freeze caused 1 million b/d of US tight oil to go offline.

Improving completion designs is still driving productivity higher, and with over 400 rigs drilling horizontal wells now, the outlook is better than at any time in the past 12 months

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These interactive presentations contain the latest oil & gas production data from 143,674 horizontal wells in 13 US states, through February. West Virginia is deselected in most dashboards, as it hasn’t reported February production data yet. Ohio, which did just reported Q1 2021 production, is included this time.

Total production

US tight oil production fell by 1 million b/d to 6 million b/d in February, the lowest level in 3 years, as cold winter weather affected production in several states. This was just a blip, and based on preliminary data we expect production to have fully recovered in March.

Supply Projection

With the horizontal rig count now having recovered to well over 400 as of last week (according to Baker Hughes), current output can be almost sustained, as is visualized in our Supply Projection dashboard:

US tight oil & outlook, based on current drilling activity & well performance

More than half of these rigs can be found in the Permian basin, which is the only major tight oil basin that can grow at this level of activity.

Completion design

After several years of increases in lateral lengths and proppant loadings, 2020 was no exception:

Lateral lengths and proppant loadings in the US tight oil & gas basins, through 2020

In 2020, horizontal wells in the US were frac’ed with over 17 million pounds of proppants, while lateral lengths increased to about 9 thousand feet. Source: our Lateral lengths & Proppants Dashboard.

Top operators

The 15 largest tight oil operators are displayed in the final overview (“Top operators”). All these operators saw the impact of the extreme weather on their production in February. Pioneer Natural Resources lost 100 thousand b/d during the month.

Finally

Next week we will have a new post on North Dakota, which has just released April production data, most of which is already in our subscription services.

If you want to have access to the most up-to-date production and completion data, check out our improved ShaleProfile Data service.

Production data is subject to revisions.

Sources

For these presentations, we used data gathered from the sources listed below.

  • FracFocus.org
  • Arkansas Oil & Gas Commission
  • Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission
  • Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. Similar to Texas, lease/unit production is allocated over wells in order to estimate their individual production histories.
  • Montana Board of Oil and Gas
  • New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission
  • North Dakota Department of Natural Resources
  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission — Oil & Gas Division
  • Oklahoma Tax Commission
  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Texas Railroad Commission. Individual well production is estimated through the allocation of lease production data over the wells in a lease, and from pending lease production data.
  • Utah Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining
  • Automated Geographic Reference Center of Utah.
  • West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
  • West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey
  • Wyoming Oil & Gas Conservation Commission

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