Author: Brandon Waiter

A Look into Dunn County (ND): Permitting Drops to Zero and C&J Gains Market Share

Drilling deeper into activity in North Dakota we take a look at how Dunn county has tolerated the oil price slump. Operators like ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP), Marathon (NYSE: MRO), HRC Operating, and ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) are still active. Since the start of the year, there have been few completions with 9 in January and only one in February.Permitting Tumbles to Zero Permit activity has slowed from a peak of 51 permits in October of 2014 to most recently 16 in the...

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Southwestern Slashes $1.4B from Budget

Southwestern Energy (NYSE: SWN) has taken an axe to their 2016 capital budget expecting to spend $350 to $400 million in 2016 down from $1,828 in 2015. The company is aiming to spend within cash flow during the year and has only 5% of production headed for 2016. Production will fall within the range of 815 to 835 Bcfe down ~15% from 2015 production. There are no plans for rigs to be running this year with zero wells to be...

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Haynesville Permits Drop -25% Y-o-Y

Activity in the Haynesville slowed as U.S. independent operators have moved to core plays with better returns at current prices. Operators like Comstock and EXCO have looked to the Haynesville to start refrac programs that show promise of higher returns. Read more about our Haynesvill Refrac  In-Depth Series.Permit activity shrinks -25% from one year ago In the Haynesville, new drilling permit activity has decreased -25% from January of 2015 to January of 2016 and -61% from 2014. So far in 2016,...

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Devon Energy Actively Manages $976M in Debt and Continues Refrac Program

Devon Energy (NYSE: DVN) cut their budget by 75%, forecasting a 10% decline in oil production on a quarter to quarter basis from 2015 to 2016. Devon continues to manage their debt by putting assets up for sale and raising equity to cover the $976 million in debt they have in 2016. Committed to the Stack in 2016 In 2016 Devon will be running 4 rigs in the Stack with a focus in Meramec. The company is testing down spacing and staggering to...

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EP Energy Defers Activity to Late 2016

EP Energy (NYSE: EPE) is an active operator in the Eagle Ford, Wolfcamp, Altamont and Haynesville plays. In 2016 daily production volumes are expected to fall between 91 to 97 MBoe/d from 109.7 MBoe/d in 2015 as the company continues to reduce activity. EPE is hoping to endure the downturn looking for improved pricing in the second half of the year where they are expected to pick up activity. Down to One Rig in the Eagle FordReduce rig count to one...

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Midstates Drilling Efficiencies Lead to Lower Rig Count and Well Costs in MidCon

Midstates Petroleum (NYSE: MPO) has focused operations in the Mississippian Lime during the 2015 year. They have focused on reducing well costs through drilling efficiencies and working with suppliers. Production is expected to remain flat into 2016 as the number of completions shrink. The chart below shows the number of permits and completions by month in Oklahoma for MPO.  Mississippian Lime: Reduced rig count due to realized drilling efficienciesWells generating IRR’s of greater then 35% at current well costs Reduced drilling cycle...

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Contintental Resources Stays the Course in Bakken & SCOOP

Like many other Bakken E&P's, Continental Resources (NYSE: CLR) activity slowed in the second half of 2015.The company will continue to invest in Bakken and SCOOP, but do not expect Continental's production growth to continue as the company plans to release rigs in Bakken and SCOOP. The chart below shows drilling permits and completions for the Bakken, Continental's key asset. Source: Energent Group Bakken: Enhanced Completions Improve EURCurrent well costs are down 27% to $7 million per well Decrease in drilling daysReduction of...

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Haynesville Permits Increase 81% in September Over August Activity

During the month of September there were 67 permits issued in the Haynesville. This was almost doubled compared to August which had 37 permits issued and closed the month out with 26 rigs running according the the BHI land rig count. At this time last year, there were 15 permits and 43 rigs in the Haynesville.The top permitting county this past week was Red River which issued 2 permits to Vine Oil & Gas. The most active week in September was...

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