Topic: Cabot Oil & Gas

The Proppant Demand Dichotomy in Appalachia Super Laterals

While the Appalachia Basin only accounts for roughly 15% of total proppant usage in the Lower 48, the US Northeast has some of the highest proppant amounts per well. In 1Q18 a typical completion in the Appalachia Basin averaged roughly 16 million pounds, or 8,000 tons, representing a 7% increase year-over-year. Comparatively, the US average is roughly 13 million pounds or 6500 tons. This is partially attributable to specific operators in the region testing longer “super laterals.” Figure 1. Proppant Amount and...

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Earnings Season Recap: E&Ps Prepare for 10%+ Cost Increases

Key Themes from Last Week's Earnings CallsE&P capital remains unchanged going into the second quarter Frac crews are sparse as many pressure pumpers continue to reactivate fleets Drillers see increased day rates to around $20K per day as operators continue increased drilling programs Frac sand prices are increasing as sand shortages continue Sand companies looking to increase supply with greenfield and brownfield expansionThe DetailsRange Resources (NYSE: RRC) drilled 3 laterals over 15,000’ and seven over 10,000’ in the...

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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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