Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for January 2018

AUSTIN, February 14, 2018 – The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 1,166 original drilling permits in January 2018 compared to 956 in January 2017. The January total included 1,036 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 18 to re-enter plugged well bores and 112 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits issued January 2018 included 243 oil, 78 gas, 784 oil or gas, 55 injection, two service and four other permits.

In January 2018, Commission staff processed 739 oil, 179 gas, 44 injection and one other completions compared to 418 oil, 84 gas, 31 injection and three other completions in January 2017. Total well completions processed for 2018 are 963; up from 536 recorded in 2017.

According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of February 9 was 479, representing about 49 percent of all active rigs in the United States.

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