Topic: Bakken Shale

Refracs: Haynesville Players Show Results

Much has been said about the potential of restimulating or refracturing horizontal wells. E&P's and Oilfield service companies have discussed refractures (refracs) in terms of opportunities. E&Ps view refracturing as a way to increase production of existing assets, as long as the equipment and technology is proven. Oilfield service companies are developing and modifying downhole tools to refracture horizontal shale wells. The first play in the refrac in-depth series is Haynesville. The refrac series will also cover Bakken, Barnett, Niobrara, Eagle Ford, and...

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Bakken Operators Drilling & Completing, but Only in Core Areas

Since the start of 2015, there have been 1116 permits issued in the Bakken shale play, with a monthly high coming in January at 238 permits issued. This past week, there were 29 permits issued, a -53% decrease from the previous week which had 62 permits. The top permitting county this past week was McKenzie with 14 permits, down -26% from the prior week, which had 19 permits. Other active counties include Mountrail with 6 permits, Williams with 5 permits, and Divide with...

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11 Rigs Idled While E&Ps Talk Uncompleted Wells

After a fairly steady week for the commodity markets, the BHI land rig count dropped -11 rigs or -1.3% to 843 rigs from last weeks 854.The Eagle Ford felt the biggest impact this week dropping -5 rigs to 105 rigs from last week’s 510 rigs, all of which were horizontal. Cana Woodford continued to release rigs falling -3 rigs to bring the count to 35 from last weeks 38 rigs. The Permian dropped -2 gas rigs while adding just +1...

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WTI Closes at $59.15 and Only 26 Rigs Idled

As the first quarter of 2015 comes to an end, WTI closed at $59.15 and the BHI land rig count dropped -26 rigs or -2.9% compared to last week.The Permian and Eagle Ford dropped a combined -13 rigs this week to land at 348 rigs which is -52.3% since the start of 2015. The Williston basin has added +1 rig to the count this week to end at 80 rigs. Gas rigs have started a slight decline after a few...

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Rig Count Trends for 2015

As the Baker Hughes (NYSE: BHI) rig count continues its downward trend from the end of 2014, we look forward to the activity in 2015. Many operators are continuing to prepare for the worst in 2015 and many are front-loading activity to the first quarter of 2015 and dropping rig counts lower as the year progresses if oil prices don’t improve. Eagle Ford According to the BHI historical rig count, activity has declined 32% from the start of 2015, bringing the count...

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Land Rigs down to 800 by Summer?

The Baker Hughes US Land Rig Count declined to 1,058 down -5.6% this week. WTI fluctuated today hovering around $45 per barrel. Here's a summary chart for the past week:Summary of Shale Play Rig CountsPermian Basin -6.6% to 311 rigs compared to last week’s 333 rigs Eagle Ford -2.0% to 146 rigs compared to 149 the prior week Williston Basin -3.7% to 104 from last week’s 108 rigs Marcellus +1.6% to 63 from the previous week's 62 rigs Mississippian -4.5% to 42 from last week's 44 rigs DJ-Niobrara -5.9% to 32...

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$22 Billion Cut from 2015 E&P Budgets

There has been a lot of activity within E&P operators' budgets for 2015 in the face of low oil prices in the market. So far, about $22 billion has been cut from initial 2015 budgets, with more updates on the way. Continental Reduces Bakken Spend by $1 Billion Continental Resources (NYSE: CLR) has been chipping away at their budget. Their initial $4.6 billion budget for 2015 has been revised -41.3% to $2.7 billion. This revision shows a reversal in their strategy as they had originally announced a 1.1% increase...

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US Land Rigs Down -2.7%, Bakken Pace Slowing

The Baker Hughes US Rig Count for Land Rigs declined -2.7% this week to 1557 from 1599. The horizontal rig count dropped to 1223 down -24 from last week. Vertical Rigs Continue to Drop The vertical rigs operating onshore are now down to 334, including the directional rigs. In January of 2014, there were 530 vertical rigs compared to this week's number of 334 that is -37% decline in activity.  Texas was hit hard, going from 310 last year to 186 a -40% decline....

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