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Look For Sugarkane Eagle Ford To Impress


Hawkville Field gets most of the glory for being first in the Eagle Ford timeline.  However, some would argue Sugarkane deserves that distinction, especially ConocoPhillips.

Sugarkane is designated by the RRC as the area where the Austin Chalk grades into the Eagle Ford as shown below by Adelphi Energy and was first drilled in 2006.  Sugarkane wells exist in Live Oak, Karnes and Dewitt Counties.

The early Sugarkane wells produced less than stellar results primarily from “dirty” Austin chalk.  Once they figured out they could drill in the Eagle Ford shale using new technologies and frac the heck out of it, the Sugarkane has become very economic with a nice liquid cut.

The principle operators of Sugarkane as of now, are ConocoPhillips, Texas Crude Energy Inc and Hilcorp. Below is a map of the 17 current Sugarkane producers colored by maximum monthly oil production and a map of the 2010 Sugarkane permits colored by operator.  The cumulative produced gas ranges up to 350,000 Mcf.

Finally, here is the production history of Sugarkane generated by HPDI production tools.  Currently Sugarkane is producing about 23,000 Bopd and 286,000 Mcfpd.

Look for there to be a lot of Sugarkane activity in the near future.  14 of the 25 2010 Sugarkane permits were filed in April and May and Hilcorp bought in late last year.  Keep up with all things Sugarkane and Eagle Ford in the Eagle Ford Unconventional Update available to all DI users.

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Justin Birmingham

Justin Birmingham is a Research Analyst at Drillinginfo. He creates proprietary research studies, works with statistical models and manages datasets for the DI Analytics team. Justin earned his Bachelor of Science from Texas State University – San Marcos.