New Eagle Ford Wells Show Higher Production
New production techniques continue to enhance output in Texas' Eagle Ford shale formation, even though wells are tending to decline precipitously, topping out after the first 36 months of operation. This graph shows how new wells hit peak production almost immediately but then decline rapidly after that. Consider though that original wells from 2010 only produced around 100 barrels per day. Now they are achieving 400. Moreover, since 2011, advanced techniques have slowed the rate of decline. Wells that are a year old are still producing 100 Barrels a day. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Since 2013, many producers have been using significantly more proppant (sand or other material designed to keep a hydraulic fracture open) when hydraulically fracturing new wells, which appears to have increased initial production rates, but which was followed by a steeper drop in production."