Topic: DJ Basin

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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Anadarko Divests in 2016 to Accelerate Activity in the Delaware and DJ Basins

On January 31, 2017, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) announced its Q4 earnings as well as its full-year results for 2016. In 2016 Anadarko improved cost structure and advanced efficiency initiatives, resulting in a 50% reduction in capital investments relative to 2015.Specific highlights of 2016 cited in the announcement included the following: Value-Accretive Monetizations In Q4 Anadarko signed agreements to divest assets in the Marcellus Shale ($1.24 billion) and the Eagle Ford Shale ($2.3 billion). Both transactions are expected to close by the...

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Proppant Insights: The Battle for Frac Sand Market Share

The last quarter brought about activity across frac sand suppliers as providers continued moving towards the Permian Basin. For the last three quarters, Permian leads proppant demand. Due to the reporting lag in completions, expect the Q2 numbers to increase by another 10-20%.Since 2015 Q4, E&P companies in the Permian have consumed approximately 11 billion pounds of frac sand. Recent well reports show 1,200 - 1,500 pounds of proppant per lateral foot in the Delaware. A few E&P's are pumping nearly...

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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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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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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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Horizontal Rigs Decline -2.9%

The total US Land Rig count was down -23, -2.9% last week with -18 horizontal rigs released. The horizontal rig count dropped to 598, -55% change compared October 2014.More discussions this week about the fall redetermination period. Each spring and fall, banks that lend to oil and gas companies do what's called a "redetermination." The banks calculate how much oil & gas companies can borrow based on reserves, commodity prices, and what the company has hedged.The redetermination conversations will be less about...

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BHI Land Rig Count Climbs +2.1%, Adding +17 Oil Rigs

WTI crude continued its slump in July, entering the month at $56.96 and hovering just above $48 today. In a change of pace this week, the BHI land rig count jumped +2.1% to 830 rigs, from the past week's 813 rigs.Image Source: Bloomberg.com Oil rigs were the driving factor this week, adding +17 rigs, while gas rigs stayed flat at 206 rigs. Operators are expected to react to the recent price slump in their Q2 earnings reports and meetings over the next...

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