Topic: Patterson-UTI

Pressure Pumpers Fall Prey to Efficiency

Completion efficiencies in the Marcellus/Utica formations of the US Northeast have changed the perception of the mature gas basin. The implementation of longer laterals and increased proppant loading intensity have lowered production costs and raised production. However, pressure pumpers in the Appalachia are expecting a slow-down in the back half of 2018 due to operators reaching production targets sooner than expected given increased operational efficiencies.Recent data shows a 9% decline in Marcellus fleet utilization. In June, utilization totaled approximately 93%...

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The Sand Plateau, Cashless Profits, and More From Earnings Season

Key Trends:Pressure pumpers continue to see utilization rates rise for equipment while trying to keep up with the demand of hiring new crews. Operators hold plans steady during the quarter with some reducing CAPEX plans for the year due to lower than expected commodity prices. DUC count rises due to increased rig activity in the first half of the year as operators put a focus on drawing down inventory. Drillers continue to push for rig automation to reduce boots...

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Schlumberger-Weatherford JV Could Challenge Halliburton

On March 24, 2017, Weatherford and Schlumberger announced a proposed joint venture to deliver completions products and services for the development of unconventional plays in the United States and Canada. Going by the name OneStim, the venture will boast one of the largest hydraulic fracturing fleets in the industry, possibly rivaling that of Halliburton.Schlumberger’s hydraulic fracturing fleet currently has 2 million horsepower and Weatherford’s is estimated at 800,000-1 million HHP. The combined horsepower as OneStim exceeds BJ Services’ 1.9 million...

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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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Patterson-UTI Increases Average Rig Count, Moves Closer to Merger

On February 9, 2017, Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTEN) reported financial results for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2016.In the fourth quarter of 2016, Patterson’s average rig count in the United States increased by six to a total of 66 rigs. As a result of the decrease in the proportion of rigs on standby, total average rig operating costs per day during Q4’16 increased to $13,770, compared to the previous quarter of $13,180. Without the decrease...

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Permian Part 2 of 2: Top OFS Companies Lose Share of Midland Basin

As a follow-up from last weeks’ article on the Delaware Basin, this week we review the Midland basin to see how activity has declined and what counties, operators, and oilfield service companies are hanging in there. Operators in the Permian depend on the play for the best economics to produce in this low priced environment, moving away from other non-core areas.The Midland basin has seen a steeper drop in activity compared to the Delaware, showing a -65% decline in the number...

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