Texas drilling permits and completions up substantially in April 2022

World Oil staff 5/10/2022

AUSTIN (WO) – The number of original drilling permits issued by the Railroad Commission of Texas in April 2022 rose 29% to 946, compared to the year-ago figure of 732. The April 2022 total includes 836 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 12 to re-enter plugged wellbores and 92 for re-completions of existing wellbores.

The breakdown of well types for original drilling permits in April 2022 is 223 oil, 74 gas, 593 oil or gas, 46 injection, and 10 other permits.

Meanwhile, in April 2022, commission staff processed 493 oil, 143 gas and 232 injection completions for new drills, re-entries and re-completions, totaling 868 completions. This compares to 449 oil, 106 gas, and 98 injection completions, for a total of 653 in April 2021. This represents a 33% increase in well completions processed for the month of April.

Total well completions processed for 2022, year-to-date, including new drills, re-entries and re-completions, are 3,751, compared to 2,924 recorded during the same four-month period in 2021. This works out to a 28% gain in completions for the same period this year.

For detailed data on drilling permits and well completions for the month, click here.

Some break-out of permit and completion data, by district, is in the table below.

April 2022 Texas oil and gas new drilling permits and completions by Railroad Commission of Texas

District

Permits to drill new oil/gas holes

New oil completions

New gas completions

(1) San Antonio area

81

33

31

(2) Refugio area

67

37

15

(3) Southeast Texas

21

4

1

(4) Deep South Texas

20

0

1

(5) East Central Texas

6

1

0

(6) East Texas

32

13

25

(7B) West Central Texas

21

13

0

(7C) San Angelo area

86

56

0

(8) Midland

404

242

33

(8A) Lubbock area

37

12

0

(9) North Texas

44

10

1

(10) Panhandle

17

2

16

TOTAL

836

423

123

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