Author: Boyd Skelton

Continental Resources Waits for Sustained $45 bbl Oil Prices to Complete DUCs

Continental Resources (NYSE: CLR) is nearing cash flow neutrality and hopefully the end of the year will bring improved oil prices to lift them into the green. Continental has spent $630 million of the company’s $920 million budget in the first half of the year leaving only 32% of the budget for the second half of year so expect the company to have lower activity in the fourth quarter. Largest DUC Inventory in the Bakken Continental has had very minimal activity in...

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Diamondback’s Permian Pad Drilling Potential

Diamondback Energy Holds 1,500 Gross Locations Economic at $40/bbl Pure play Permian operator Diamondback Energy (NYSE: FANG) recently announced an increase in production guidance as well as capital spend for the 2016 year. The company increased production guidance from 34 to 38 Mboe/d to 38 to 40Mboe/d.  Well completion estimates were also increased to 70 to 75 gross horizontal completions, up 30% from previous plans. The rise in completions has added to capital expenditure for the year to $350 to $425...

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Energen Prepares for 2017 Increasing Budget by Over $100 Million

Energen Corporation (NYSE: EGN) is a pure play operator in the Permian Basin that recently increased its budget to drill more wells this year to grow its inventory of DUCs. The company increased its budget by $100 to $150 million which is expected to be spent in the second half of the year on building the inventory of DUCs. This brings Energen’s total capex in 2016 to $350 to $400 million with $250 to $300 for the Midland Basin and...

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Wyoming Completion Activity Decreases ~70% from One Year Ago but Permitting Continues

The majority of activity in Wyoming has come from the Powder River and Pinedale Basins but most recently Pinedale has seen the majority of activity. Permit activity spiked in the beginning of 2015 peaking in May at 691. Permit activity has increased 19% from February 2015 to February 2016 and has dropped -16% in March from February which had 503 permits.61% of Activity in Wyoming Concentrated in Sublette County  In the past 6-months activity has been concentrated in the Pinedale basin...

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Exploring the 885 DUCs in North Dakota

What do you mean DUCs? When our clients talk about DUCs, there is a discussion about what exactly constitutes a drilled but uncompleted well. Is it drilled and cased? What is the typical timeframe of a DUC? When is the well considered temporarily abandoned? If it finished drilling last week, should that be included in the DUC count? What was the typical DUC count prior to the downturn? These questions set the table for how the company views how DUCs impact...

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Hess Expects $2.6B Budget for 2016

Hess Corporation Lowers Budget Guidance for 2016 Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) ended 2015 with E&P capital and exploratory expenditures of just over $4 billion with $1.6 billion being spend on onshore U.S. activity. Onshore U.S. spending was down 36.4% from the previous year. The chart below shows the companies permit and completion activity in the Bakken over the last 2 years.Bakken Completions Increase Number of StagesHess averaged 8 rigs during 2015 starting the year with 12 and dropping that number to...

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Duc…Duc…Goose: Looking at North Dakota’s Uncompleted Wells and Oil Being Sold Close to $0

Earlier this week Bloomberg reported that low quality crude or sour crude is being sold for next to nothing due to lower pipeline capacity for lower quality products. The low quality crude makes up a small part of Bakken production in which some pipelines are no longer transporting. The producers of the low quality crude are being forced to use higher cost transportation methods like trucks or trains to get their products to the refineries that have the capability to...

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Increasing Pad Density in Eagle Ford

Operators regularly report that they are gaining efficiencies and saving CAPEX by increasing the number of wells per pad. This impacts all areas of the supply chain and further decouples the notion of “one sale, one well” for oilfield service companies.The following charts illustrate the increase in the well density per pad by the year the wells are permitted.Key highlights include the following:Shift in 2-well pads making up almost 50% of the multi-well pads in 2011 to below 25% in...

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