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Proppant Insights: Decoupling of Supply Chain Continues

The volatility during the quarter caused more uncertainty in the industry, even though oil stabilized near $40 at the end of Q1’16, Many now believe that “the bottom” was reached earlier this year. In-basin Delivery Becomes Vital The logistics of getting to the wellsite are challenging to say the least. The last mile trucking from terminal to well site is critical, especially in today’s market. Numerous frac sand suppliers and chemical supplier relayed stories of E&P’s expecting in-basin delivery of supplies in...

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Haynesville DUC Count Declines through 2015 and 2016

In the last piece on uncompleted wells explored North Dakota showing the impacts and trends that the uncompleted wells have on the market. Now how does one figure out the number of uncompleted wells without over or under counting? This article will show the approach of the DUC analysis by using the Haynesville play highlighting some of the difficulties and uses of this data. The chart below shows a glimpse of the outcome of this analysis and where the DUC...

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Murphy Oil Cuts Budget by 73% in 2016

Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE: MUR) has cut 2016 capex once again down 30% from the initial budget of $825 million, a decrease of ~73% below 2015 spending. MUR is forecasting an increase in production from 111 MBoepd in 2015 to 180 to 185 MBoepd in 2016. 90% of Remaining Eagle Ford Locations Break-Even Below $40.50 per BblSpending in the Eagle Ford has decreased by 75% from 2015 to $203 million 55% of 2015 onshore production came from the Eagle Ford 20 wells planned...

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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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Exco Will Bring 18 Wells Online with $103M Budget in 2016

Exco Resources (NYSE: XCO) is an active operator in the Haynesville, Eagle Ford and Marcellus plays. XCO has cut the budget once again after finishing 2015 $23 million under the estimated budget of $300 million, budgeting $103 million for 2016. During the first half of 2016 they expect to spend $70 million on drilling and completion activities, a 59% decrease from 2015 first half spend.  Improved Well Design in the Haynesville and Longer Laterals in East Texas East Texas Asset Team...

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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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