Ask-the-Analyst August 2019
Texas is the largest consumer of proppant. In Q4 2018 it accounted for a little more than half of all proppant consumption in the onshore US.Within Texas, the Permian basin region is the largest consumer, followed by the Eagle Ford.
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As of last week:
• Permitted: 48 wells (Westwood database)
• Spudded: 26 wells (Westwood database)
• Completed (in-production): 23 wells (New Mexico Oil Conservation Division database)
That leaves 3 DUCs waiting to be frac’ed and completed.
Proppant usage has declined on a per well basis among top E&Ps in the Williston basin. While proppant usage picked up after the O&G recession it has begun to decline since 2018. QEP and Hess appear to be bucking the trend, however.
Matador and EOG led the pack in 2018. (This is not an anomaly; the best performers have been generating best cycle time results over several years). Looking at the individual companies closely, however, MTDR also had the shortest lateral length which would result in less drill time. EOG stands out as having similar cycle time as MTDR while drilling nearly 7 times more wells (220 wells vs. 34 wells) without deteriorating variability (32% vs. 31%)
The past several years have been marked by increases in proppant per horizontal-well. However, in the past few years, decline has occurred in the Williston and stagnation has occurred in the DJ-Niobrara. The Haynesville, Marcellus, Eagle Ford, and Permian continue to experience growth.
Ask-the-Analyst: Todd Bush, Boyd Skelton, Jonathon Clark. Quarterly earnings for Q2’19 are underway. Do you know what operators are saying about sand and logistics? Tune in tomorrow for a breakdown. #OilandGas #Energy #shale #proppant #fracsand
Second quarter results have surfaced and here are what 3 operators have said thus far about sand and logistics: Antero Resources: “Antero previously executed its first direct sourcing sand supply agreement at the end of 2018. The Company executed a similar agreement with a premier sand supplier in the second quarter of 2019 and expects to increase directly-sourced sand supply from 75% currently to 100%. Additionally, “our service cost deflation initiative, sand savings and efficiency gains have resulted in per well savings of approximately $500,000 per well…” Encana Corporation: “There’s a number of factors that our play allowed us to drive our cost down by $1.4 million. We went to in-basin sand, which took about 30% out of the sand cost from where we were previously. Also, then went to rearranging our sand deliveries going to sandboxes. And that again allowed us to drop our costs and come out significantly more efficient from a scheduling standpoint.”
Matator Resources also mentioned working with Halliburton on using “local sand” to bring down costs.
As more companies release Q2’19 reports we will keep you updated.