Topic: Bakken Shale

DUCs Head North for Summer

Publicly traded E&Ps and service companies are entering a Q2 earnings season anticipating a slowdown across the unconventional plays. In Halliburton’s (NYSE: HAL) second quarter earnings call Dave Lesar said, ”rig count growth is showing signs of plateauing and customers are tapping the brakes.”  With oil prices under $50 per barrel and oil supply at record levels, expect a pullback in Permian, Eagle Ford, DJ-Niobrara, and Bakken drilling activity. The steady increase of horizontal drilling rigs and infrastructure needs in...

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Pioneer Energy Services Banks on Increased Activity in 2017

On February 17, 2017, Pioneer Energy Services (NYSE: PES) shared with investors its Q4’16 results and some details from its Q1’17 guidance. The company’s drilling rig utilization was 48% in Q4’16, up from 38% in Q3’16; for Q1’17, utilization is expected to increase to 70-73%.Forty-one percent of PES’ TTM revenue came from its US drilling services and 57% from its production services, encompassing well servicing, wireline, and coiled tubing:Source: Pioneer Energy Services Investor Presentation, February 2017 The company reported that some...

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Marathon Unveils $2.2 Billion 2017 Capital Program

On February 15, 2017, Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) announced results from Q4 and FY 2016 and unveiled a 2017 capital program of $2.2 billion, with over 90 percent allocated to its high-return U.S. resource plays. Oklahoma Led Production in the Fourth Quarter On the operations side, Marathon’s production averaged 341,000 BOED in Q4 2016, with assets in the Oklahoma Resource Basins reporting a production increase of 60% over Q4 2015. E&P production costs for North America were down more than 30%...

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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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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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Exploring the 885 DUCs in North Dakota

What do you mean DUCs? When our clients talk about DUCs, there is a discussion about what exactly constitutes a drilled but uncompleted well. Is it drilled and cased? What is the typical timeframe of a DUC? When is the well considered temporarily abandoned? If it finished drilling last week, should that be included in the DUC count? What was the typical DUC count prior to the downturn? These questions set the table for how the company views how DUCs impact...

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Hess Expects $2.6B Budget for 2016

Hess Corporation Lowers Budget Guidance for 2016 Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) ended 2015 with E&P capital and exploratory expenditures of just over $4 billion with $1.6 billion being spend on onshore U.S. activity. Onshore U.S. spending was down 36.4% from the previous year. The chart below shows the companies permit and completion activity in the Bakken over the last 2 years.Bakken Completions Increase Number of StagesHess averaged 8 rigs during 2015 starting the year with 12 and dropping that number to...

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