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Larger Volumes and Integrated Operations Key for Frac Sand Suppliers

The U.S. frac sand market has heated up in 2016 even with depressed oil prices. Many operators have increased proppant intensities in their frac designs and are testing upwards of 5,000 pounds per lateral foot while increasing the size of their laterals. Some of the these operators are Devon Energy (NYSE: DVN) and Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) who have tested in the SCOOP and Haynesville. Horizontal wells in the Permian basin average 7,500 foot laterals and 11 million pounds of proppant...

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Range Resources Shows Results for 5-well Pads

Range Resources (NYSE: RRC) focuses operations in the Southern Marcellus and Northern Louisiana plays having over 1 million net surface acres. In the third quarter the company closed the merger with Memorial Resources Development adding acreage in Northern Louisiana and expanding their reach. The Range team focused on their use of pad development in the Marcellus in the third quarter conference call showing efficiencies and cost reductions.Source: Range ResourcesProven Results with Pad Development There are about 230 pads in Ranges inventory...

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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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Oasis Petroleum Settles in For Lower for Longer, Keeps Rig Activity Lower 

Oasis Petroleum (NYSE: OAS) is a pure play operator in the Williston basin having about 485,000 net acres. The company expects production to be in the range of 48.5 to 49.5 Mboepd for 2016 which was increased since the previous guidance. Oasis has cut capital expenditures by just over half for the 2016 year down to $200 million for drilling and completion activity. The company expects to spend another $200 million on midstream services and other expenses. Year to date...

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SM Energy Completions Cost Down to $400 Per Lateral Foot

SM Energy (NYSE: SM) is one of the few operators who has a positive free cash flow during 2016. They have reduced spending by almost half since 2015 and continue to manage costs having spent just under half of their planned $685 to $690 million for the year. They have taken advantage of the cost savings in the low oil price environment and have stuck to the core areas that will generate returns for them. The chart below shows SM...

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Concho Resources Extends Permian Reach with $1.62B Acquisition

Concho Resources (NYSE: CXO) is an independent pure play operator focusing in on the Permian Basin. More specifically they operate in the Delaware Basin and Midland Basins, recently acquiring more acreage in the Midland area. CXO is expecting to spend $1.2 billion during the 2016 having already depleted $572 million or 52% during the first two quarters. The company has focused in on reducing operating cost looking to reduce the transportation costs associated with water disposal volumes by using pipelines...

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Proppant Insights: The Battle for Frac Sand Market Share

The last quarter brought about activity across frac sand suppliers as providers continued moving towards the Permian Basin. For the last three quarters, Permian leads proppant demand. Due to the reporting lag in completions, expect the Q2 numbers to increase by another 10-20%.Since 2015 Q4, E&P companies in the Permian have consumed approximately 11 billion pounds of frac sand. Recent well reports show 1,200 - 1,500 pounds of proppant per lateral foot in the Delaware. A few E&P's are pumping nearly...

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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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