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Halcón Enters Southern Delaware Basin, Plans to Expand in Bakken

Halcón Resources Corporation (NYSE:HK) has announced agreements that will mark the company’s entry into the Southern Delaware Basin and released preliminary details on its planned activity for 2017, including expanded activity in the Williston Basin. New Deals Mark Halcón’s Entry Into Delaware Basin The company announced its entry into the Southern Delaware Basin through two key agreements:A purchase and sale agreement with a private operator to acquire 20,748 net acres in the Southern Delaware Basin (the "Pecos County Assets") for $705...

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Devon Energy Will Utilize 15 to 20 rigs in 2017 with STACK and Delaware Focus

Devon Energy (NYSE: DVN) released its preliminary 2017 outlook in December expressed the possibility of getting to 15 to 20 rigs in their drilling program with a focus in the STACK and Delaware basins. Devon will also focus on reducing their drilled but uncompleted count in the Eagle Ford down to about 40 in the first half of the year. The company is forecasting double digit U.S. oil growth with about a third of production hedged in 2017.Source: Devon Energy...

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Proppant Insights: Can a Legacy Pressure Pumper Return to Former Glory?

Well services companies suffered through harsh conditions during the last 18 to 24 months. Weatherford (NYSE: WFT), along with many others, are no longer in hydraulic fracturing business. BJ Services returns to a much different Lower 48 well services landscape.Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) gained strength in the Lower 48 market moving from 27% in 2015 to 30% in 2016. Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB) is the number two pressure pumper in the Lower 48 with ties to large independents in the Eagle Ford...

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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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