Since October, rig counts in the Fayetteville have been stable at around 30 units. This trend is likely to continue since a majority of capital going into the play is directed at development drilling. Southwestern Energy has been the most active operator with an average of 13 rigs in recent months. ExxonMobil’s XTO subsidiary and Chesapeake have also been active in the play. Its subsidiary contractor, Desoto Drilling, performs most of Southwestern’s drilling. Other contractors active in the play include Union Drilling, Nomac and Keen Energy Services.
Persistently low natural gas prices have weighed on drilling activity in the Arkoma Woodford, the legacy Woodford play, in recent months. Since yearend, the number of rigs drilling in the play has fallen by four to 18 rigs. On a positive note, rig levels may find support now that two majors, BP and ExxonMobil, are some of the most active in the play. Cactus has been the most active contract driller in recent months with seven rigs.