Natural gas and oil production is predicted to increase in September month/month in the seven key producing regions of the Lower 48, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).
The EIA’s monthly Drilling Productivity Report (DPR), issued on Monday, highlights forecast activity in the Anadarko, Appalachia and Permian basins, Bakken, Eagle Ford and Haynesville shales, along with the Niobrara formation.
Overall, gas production is forecast to increase in September by 158 MMcf/d to 86,084 MMcf/d. Oil production is predicted to rise slightly overall to 8,086 b/d from 8,037 b/d.
In the Anadarko, EIA researchers are forecasting oil output will decline from August by 4,000 b/d to 366,000 b/d. Gas should fall by 60 MMcf/d to 6,132 MMcf/d.
Appalachian oil production is predicted to be about 1,000 b/d higher at 130,000 b/d. Natural gas is seen up by 20 MMcf/d in September to 34.386 Bcf/d.
In the Bakken, the DPR data indicate oil production will decline by 1,000 b/d in September to 1.138 million b/d. Gas output also is predicted to fall, down by 1 MMcf/d to 3,004 MMcf/d.
The Eagle Ford should see oil production down month/month by 5,000 b/d to around 1.05 million b/d in September. Gas output is forecast to decline by 6 MMcf/d month/month to average 5.97 MMcf/d.
In the Haynesville, the DPR data indicate oil output will remain flat in September, averaging around 34,000 b/d. Gas production, though, is forecast to jump by 124 MMcf/d from August to average 13.54 MMcf/d in September.
The Niobrara’s oil production is forecast to increase by 9,000 b/d to average 564,000 b/d in September. Gas production should increase by 9 MMcf/d to average 5.04 Bcf/d.
The Permian’s oil output is expected to increase by 49,000 b/d to average 4.81 million b/d. Gas production also is seen climbing, up by 72 MMcf/d to average 18.02 Bcf/d.
The DPR data also show drilled but uncompleted wells, aka DUCs, falling overall by 258 in July from June. The DUC count at the end of July stood at 5,957 from 6,215 in June. Every region saw fewer DUCs by the end of July, with the Permian knocking off 130 to lead the pack.
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