Comstock Resources (CRK) held a conference call on August 3, 2010, to discuss the company’s second quarter earnings. The company made some comments on its operations in the Haynesville Shale, where the company has made a large investment.
Comstock Resources lowered its production guidance due to the unavailability of completion services in the Haynesville Shale area.
“We currently have 89,000 gross acres and 78,000 net acres that we believe are prospective for Haynesville Shale development; 56,000 acres are in North Louisiana, the better part of the play in our opinion. Given expected well spacing of 80 acres and expected pro-well recovery of 5 Bcfe per well, our acreage could have 3.7 Tcfe of reserve potential.”
“We continue to have strong results in our Haynesville Shale drilling program; 47% of our companywide production is now coming from the Haynesville Shale. We drilled 36 successful wells, including 34 horizontal Haynesville Shale wells in the first half of this year. We’re on track to another year of strong reserve growth driven by our Haynesville Shale drilling program.”
“Starting in the second quarter, we’re running behind in completing our Haynesville Shale wells due to the unavailability of pressure pumping services. We currently have 17 Haynesville Shale wells drilled, waiting on completion and the backlog continues to grow.”
“We expect to spend $350 million for our drilling program to drill 69 wells, 66 are horizontal wells, 63 are in the Haynesville or Bossier Shale…we are budgeting $150 million for our acreage acquisitions, we expect to spend $46 million on Haynesville leases.”
“Our 2010 drilling program estimated to cost $350 million will focus almost primarily on developing our Haynesville Shale acreage. We think our Haynesville Shale program could add 400 to 500 Bcfe of proved reserves in 2010.”
“We are seeing cost escalation since the beginning of the year between 20% to 30%. Most of those cost increases have come from increases on the completion side cost with the high demand for high pressure pumping services, that’s the expected. We feel like there is some room for some additional cost inflation, just until the additional equipment gets into the marketplace in 2011 and some of the operational activity subsides.”