Topic: Continental Resources

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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E&P Earning Season Ends with DUCs, Bankruptcy, & Divesting Themes

Taking a look back at the first quarter we will review some updates from operators around the country and how they have held up into 2016 and are preparing for the rest of the year. Many have increase production guidance showing that they can still produce with declining capital budgets and others are looking to asset sales to gain liquidity. Below are some highlights from the quarter. Devon Energy Increases Production Guidance During the first quarter Devon Energy (NYSE: DVN) spent $363...

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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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Contintental Resources Stays the Course in Bakken & SCOOP

Like many other Bakken E&P's, Continental Resources (NYSE: CLR) activity slowed in the second half of 2015.The company will continue to invest in Bakken and SCOOP, but do not expect Continental's production growth to continue as the company plans to release rigs in Bakken and SCOOP. The chart below shows drilling permits and completions for the Bakken, Continental's key asset. Source: Energent Group Bakken: Enhanced Completions Improve EURCurrent well costs are down 27% to $7 million per well Decrease in drilling daysReduction of...

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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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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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$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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