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US Land Rigs Down -2.7%, Bakken Pace Slowing

The Baker Hughes US Rig Count for Land Rigs declined -2.7% this week to 1557 from 1599. The horizontal rig count dropped to 1223 down -24 from last week. Vertical Rigs Continue to Drop The vertical rigs operating onshore are now down to 334, including the directional rigs. In January of 2014, there were 530 vertical rigs compared to this week's number of 334 that is -37% decline in activity.  Texas was hit hard, going from 310 last year to 186 a -40% decline....

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Land Rig Count Drops to 1599 as WTI Crude Increases to $48.45

US Land Rigs dropped -4.4% this week to 1599 from 1673, as reported in the weekly Baker Hughes Rig Count. The horizontal rig count dropped to 1247, a -3.6% decline in activity. WTI Crude edged up to $48.45. Top 3 Shale Plays Drop 33 Rigs Permian Basin is -15 compared to previous week and +9 compared to last year at this time. 30% of the US land rigs operate in the Permian Basin. Horizontal drilling activity remains strong with over 69% of the rigs drilling (see...

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Permian down 28 Rigs, US Land Rigs Drop to 1673

According to the Baker Hughes Rig Count, US Land Rigs declined -3.6% this week to 1673 from 1735.  The horizontal drilling activity is 77% of the total rig count. Permian Drops 28 Rigs Permian Basin is -28 compared to previous week and +63 compared to last year at this time. 30% of the US land rigs operate in the Permian Basin. Eagle Ford declined 3 rigs to 197. At this time last year, there were 227 rigs operating in Eagle Ford, -30. Click...

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WTI Crude Knocked below $50 and US Land Rigs at 1735

With the WTI oil price trading under $50 / bbl and the crude Brent oil price near $50 / bbl, the rig counts continue to drop confirming our expectations.There has been a -25 drop in rigs with depths of >10K, with the biggest losses occurring in Texas with -18 and Colorado at -2 compared to last week. US Land Rig Count Declines The overall rig count is -25 at 1735 compared to last week with the horizontal rig count down -13 from the...

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Bakken -7, Eagle Ford +2, & OPEC Revenue down 14%

This week there are no large swings in rig counts. The WTI oil price is hovering around $56 / bbl and Brent crude is at $62 / bbl. We are expecting to see a weekly rig count decline over the next several weeks. Once we are in the new year, we will release a bottoms-up forecast of Shale drilling activity. Horizontal Rig Count Drops by 12 Permian Basin is -9 compared to previous week and +63 compared to last year at this...

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27 Rigs down While Oil Drops 12% to $57.81

Why is OPEC cutting production? OPEC will gain relevancy again by pushing prices down below $60/barrel. At this price, several OPEC country members are below their break-even price; however, the OPEC countries likely have enough capital reserves to wait out the bottoming of the price. The two key uncertainties we see are OPEC and global demand.This downturn is much different from 2008. Many economists and traders are pointing towards gains in other areas while the Energy sector is in turmoil....

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Mobile Apps for the Oilfield

New Mobile Apps for the Oilfield: Hit or Miss?

In our normal lives outside of work, most of us rely on our smartphones and tablets heavily. We have apps that we use daily, which we probably couldn't imagine living without at this point. So why is it then when we step onto the oilfield, all that seems to go out the window? We are going to explore some of the reasons, as well as some the mobile technology solutions available today. Are There Any Useful Apps out There? This is probably the most...

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Clearing up the Media’s Account of Drilling Activity, US Rig Count -5

To no surprise to an experienced oilfield professional, rig count dropped a few rigs this week. The decline was all oil wells. Everyone is keeping a close eye on the WTI and Brent prices to understand the impact to their business and customers.This week Permian Basin is +2 compared to previous week and +95 compared to last year at this time. Eagle Ford is -3 compared to last week and -20 compared to last year. Click here to see the interactive weekly insights...

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