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Eagle Ford Boom Lifts Enterprise Outlook

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The Daley Note: November 9, 2022

Strong drilling activity in South Texas is lifting the outlook for Enterprise Products (EPD). Since early 2022, East Daley has seen a notable jump in rig counts on EPD's Eagle Ford system according to our Midstream Activity Tracker, leading to supply growth in our asset forecast.

EPD's Eagle Ford system is the company's third largest by earnings; we model $270 million of operating margin for 2022 in our company Blueprint Financial ModelEPD - Eagle Ford includes six operating plants with more than 2.1 Bcf/d of natural gas processing capacity, as well as two idled gas plants with 500 MMcf/d of combined capacity. The processing facilities are fed by a vast network of gathering lines including EPD’s South Texas system, the Delmita system, and EPD’s 6,900-mile Texas intrastate system.

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East Daley's Midstream Activity Tracker counted 26 rigs on EPD - Eagle Ford for the Oct. 23 week, up from 20 rigs at the start of 2021. Activity hit a peak of 37 rigs in late May as WTI prices surged past $100/bbl, according to rig allocations in the MAT (see figure). The increased activity on EPD - Eagle Ford tracks with overall growth in South Texas; regional rig counts totaled 92 at the end of October, up 24 rigs this year. 

Clients can review historical rigs and volumes by producer on EPD - Eagle Ford in East Daley's Energy Data Studio, as well as our system-level outlook for rigs and supply. Please log in here for access to Energy Data Studio. EOG Resources (EOG) and private operator Lewis have been the main counterparties on EPD - Eagle Ford, accounting for ~40% of system supply. EOG and Lewis were recently running 3 and 2 rigs, respectively.

With the higher rig counts, our model shows steady growth in gas volumes gathered and processed by EPD - Eagle Ford. We forecast gas throughput on the EPD system to average 1.73 Bcf/d in November 2022, up 10% Y-o-Y. Our view is consistent with 3Q22 results reported by Enterprise on Nov. 1. The company said fee-based gas processing volumes rose by 64 MMcf/d from its South Texas facilities. EPD reported at $12 million Y-o-Y gain from the South Texas assets in 3Q, primarily due to higher processing margins.

Our latest system-level forecast anticipates rigs on EPD - Eagle Ford will hold at 28 until mid-2023, when we expect overall Eagle Ford activity drops due to lower forward prices on the WTI curve (see figure). Based on our forecast, gas supply on EPD - Eagle Ford continues to climb, reaching a peak of 1.95 Bcf/d in our outlook. Please contact us for more information on the Midstream Activity Tracker, Energy Data Studio, or company Blueprint Financial Models.   – AJ O'Donnell Tickers: EOG, EPD.

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