The total number of DUC (drilled, but uncompleted wells) in the seven most prolific basins/plays in the Lower 48 U.S. states dipped slightly in January from December, the Energy Information Administration reports.
In EIA’s February Drilling Productivity Report (DPR), the DUC total fell by 34, or 0.4%, last month, to 7,682, from 7,716 in December, Kallanish Energy reports.
Four of the seven basins/plays reported a drop in DUC, led by the Anadarko Basin, where 50 drilled, but uncompleted wells were brought online. The basin’s total of DUC last month fell 6.6%, to 711 from 761 in December.
Reductions also were recorded in the Eagle Ford (down 12 DUC, to 1,392), the Niobrara (down 10, or 2.1%, to 457), and Appalachia, including the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays, (down six DUC, 1.1%, to 537).
The trio of basins/plays which reported an increase in DUC from December to January was led by the Bakken, where the DUC total rose by 27, or 3.3%, to 841.
The Permian Basin saw its DUC total increase by 14, to 3,504, while the Haynesville Shale’s DUC total from December to January rose by three, or 1.3%, bringing its total to 240.