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Grady County (OK): Spotty Completion Activity with Permitting Holding Steady

Oklahoma currently holds the second largest concentration of rigs in the U.S. according to the BHI Land Rig Count. So where is the activity coming from? Grady county in the SCOOP has 14 completions since the start of the year. Permitting has fallen since commodity prices to a dive but they have recently leveled off going into 2016.  Drilling Activity Doesn't Equate to Well Completions In he first four months of 2016 there have been under 100 completions compared to over 750 during the...

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Noble Energy Increases Production with Less Capital

Noble Energy (NYSE: NBL) continued to show discipline in the first quarter of 2016 coming in under the low end of their CAPEX guidance of $400 to $500 million at $374 million for the quarter. Cost cutting efforts have helped the company grow production while spending less. Noble exceeded the company’s production guidance at 416,000 Boe/d for the first quarter.IP-Rates Increase by 30% in the DJ-Niobrara First quarter production in the DJ basin totaled 118,000 Boe/d which has been attributed to...

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Reeves County: Permitting Cut in Half & Completions Continue to Fall

Activity has migrated into the Permian due to some of the lowest breakeven points in the industry but that doesn’t mean new drilling activity has held up. Reeves county has taken a hit with lower well completion activity, too, in this sub $50 commodity environment. Even with reported breakeven prices around $35 per barrel, operators continue to release rigs.Since the start of 2016 it has had 13 completions from operators like EOG Resources (NYSE: EOG), Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE: PXD) and Apache (NYSE: APA), down...

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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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