Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for February 2021

March 10, 2021

AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 606 original drilling permits in February 2021 compared to 874 in February 2020. The February 2021 total includes 516 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, five to re-enter plugged well bores, and 78 for re-completions of existing well bores.

The breakdown of well types for original drilling permits in February 2021 is 152 oil, 49 gas, 386 oil or gas, 10 injection, and nine other permits.

In February 2021, Commission staff processed 482 oil, 107 gas and 89 injection completions for new drills, re-entries and re-completions, compared to 732 oil, 169 gas, and 89 injection completions in February 2020.

Total well completions processed for 2021 year-to-date for new drills, re-entries and re-completions are 1,523 compared to 2,286 recorded during the same period in 2020.

Detailed data on drilling permits and well completions for the month can be found at this link:

https://www.rrc.texas.gov/oil-and-gas/research-and-statistics/drilling-information/monthly-drilling-completion-and-plugging-summaries/

 

TABLE 1 FEBRUARY 2021 TEXAS OIL AND GAS New DRILLING PERMITS AND COMPLETIONS BY RAILROAD COMMISSION OF TEXAS DISTRICT*

DISTRICT

PERMITS TO DRILL NEW OIL/GAS HOLES

NEW OIL COMPLETIONS

NEW GAS COMPLETIONS

(1) SAN ANTONIO AREA

29

19

12

(2) REFUGIO AREA

32

23

5

(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS

8

6

0

(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS

5

2

2

(5) EAST CENTRAL TX

0

0

0

(6) EAST TEXAS

23

1

18

(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX

14

7

1

(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA

41

39

0

(8) MIDLAND

324

317

54

(8A) LUBBOCK AREA

10

5

0

(9) NORTH TEXAS

19

8

1

(10) PANHANDLE

1

0

1

TOTAL

516

427

94

*A district map is available on the Railroad Commission of Texas website at https://rrc.texas.gov/media/3bkhbut0/districts_color_8x11.pdf.


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