EIA: Eagle Ford to cross 1.5 million daily barrels in September

The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects that the Eagle Ford Shale will produce 1.51 million barrels of crude oil and other liquids daily in September.

It would be a gain of around 31,000 daily barrels over August production for the South Texas field, according to the EIA’s latest Drilling Productivity Report, released this week.

The EIA data track the major U.S. shale fields — the Eagle Ford, Permian Basin, Bakken, Marcellus, Haynesville and Niobrara. This month the agency added the Utica region in eastern Ohio, a rapidly growing natural gas field, to its Drilling Productivity Report.

Most of the country’s upswing in oil production is coming from the Eagle Ford, the Permian Basin in West Texas and eastern New Mexico, and the Bakken formation in North Dakota and Montana.

The Eagle Ford crossed the 1 million barrel mark for liquids production in May 2013. It’s more than quadrupled in three years.

The Permian Basin is expected to produce 1.72 million barrels daily in September, up 38,000 barrels in a month. It made about 1.4 million daily barrels last year in September.

The Bakken is expected to make 1.14 million daily barrels, according to the report, up 20,000 barrels from August.

Overall, U.S. shale fields are expected to produce 4.87 million daily barrels in September, up from 4.77 million daily barrels this month.

The nation’s largest natural gas region, the Marcellus Shale in the Northeast, is expected to produce 15.9 billion cubic feet per day in September.

The Eagle Ford will produce around 6.59 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas.

The Haynesville Shale should produce around 6.58 billion cubic feet per day, according to the EIA.