Topic: Budget Cuts

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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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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U.S. Land Rigs Drop to 834

The BHI land rig count dropped -10 rigs (or -1.2%) to 834 rigs from last week's 844. The WTI crude oil price closed last week at about $60 per barrel. Oil-directed rigs dropped -12 rigs (or -1.9%) to 619 from last week's 631. Compared to this time last year, oil-directed rigs are down -58%.Summary of Shale PlaysPermian Basin -0.4% to 232 rigs, compared to last week’s 233 rigs Eagle Ford +2.8% to 110 rigs, from last week's 107 rigs Williston Basin -1.3% to...

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Rig Counts down -26% since Start of 2015

The Baker Hughes US Rig Count for land rigs remains in a downturn, dropping 7.1% this week to 1288 rigs compared to last week. The rig counts are down -25.76% from the start of 2015 when the count was at 1735 rigs.Texas has felt the biggest hit, decreasing their count by -56 rigs or -8.6% this week, dropping over half of the rigs for this week. The largest changes happened in the Permian Basin and the Barnett Shale, which lost...

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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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Embracing a Changing Upstream Market, US Land Rigs down -85

The Baker Hughes US Rig Count for land rigs continued to drop to 1387 rigs, down -5.8% or -85 rigs compared to last week, with 80 of the 85 rigs being horizontal. WTI oil prices ended the week higher than last, settling at $51.78. Bloomberg market reports point to the shale bust beginning now as companies cut budgets, layoff employees, and begin asking service companies for price reductions. The changing market conditions will force many companies out. US Land Rigs Down -5.8%A...

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OXY & COP Slice $4.9 Billion from Budgets, WTI Closes at $48.24

The Baker Hughes US Rig Count for Land Rigs declined -5.5% this week to 1472 from 1557. The horizontal rig count dropped to 1160 down -63 from last week. The week ended on a positive note with the WTI closing at $48.24 per barrel.The overall horizontal rig count has declined -5.2% to 1160 from last week and -168 from January 2014. The most significant decline comes from the Permian, which dropped -10 rigs, and the Mississippian, which dropped -7 rigs compared to...

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Land Rig Count Drops to 1599 as WTI Crude Increases to $48.45

US Land Rigs dropped -4.4% this week to 1599 from 1673, as reported in the weekly Baker Hughes Rig Count. The horizontal rig count dropped to 1247, a -3.6% decline in activity. WTI Crude edged up to $48.45. Top 3 Shale Plays Drop 33 Rigs Permian Basin is -15 compared to previous week and +9 compared to last year at this time. 30% of the US land rigs operate in the Permian Basin. Horizontal drilling activity remains strong with over 69% of the rigs drilling (see...

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