Topic: Permian Basin

A Shortage of Frac Sand Will Bring Supply Chain Challenges

Many oilfield service and supply companies, including Halliburton (NYSE: HAL), Hi-Crush (NYSE: HCLP), U.S. Silica (NYSE: SLCA), and Fairmount Santrol (NYSE:FMSA) have cited a shortage of frac sand for the U.S. shale plays, specifically 40/70 in the Permian Basin.Advancements in the horizontal drilling and completion techniques of leading shale E&P’s are driving frac sand demand to new high points. The significance of multi-well pad drilling in the Permian increased each of last several years, even during the downturn. In...

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Halcón Enters Southern Delaware Basin, Plans to Expand in Bakken

Halcón Resources Corporation (NYSE:HK) has announced agreements that will mark the company’s entry into the Southern Delaware Basin and released preliminary details on its planned activity for 2017, including expanded activity in the Williston Basin. New Deals Mark Halcón’s Entry Into Delaware Basin The company announced its entry into the Southern Delaware Basin through two key agreements:A purchase and sale agreement with a private operator to acquire 20,748 net acres in the Southern Delaware Basin (the "Pecos County Assets") for $705...

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Devon Energy Will Utilize 15 to 20 rigs in 2017 with STACK and Delaware Focus

Devon Energy (NYSE: DVN) released its preliminary 2017 outlook in December expressed the possibility of getting to 15 to 20 rigs in their drilling program with a focus in the STACK and Delaware basins. Devon will also focus on reducing their drilled but uncompleted count in the Eagle Ford down to about 40 in the first half of the year. The company is forecasting double digit U.S. oil growth with about a third of production hedged in 2017.Source: Devon Energy...

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Larger Volumes and Integrated Operations Key for Frac Sand Suppliers

The U.S. frac sand market has heated up in 2016 even with depressed oil prices. Many operators have increased proppant intensities in their frac designs and are testing upwards of 5,000 pounds per lateral foot while increasing the size of their laterals. Some of the these operators are Devon Energy (NYSE: DVN) and Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) who have tested in the SCOOP and Haynesville. Horizontal wells in the Permian basin average 7,500 foot laterals and 11 million pounds of proppant...

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Concho Resources Extends Permian Reach with $1.62B Acquisition

Concho Resources (NYSE: CXO) is an independent pure play operator focusing in on the Permian Basin. More specifically they operate in the Delaware Basin and Midland Basins, recently acquiring more acreage in the Midland area. CXO is expecting to spend $1.2 billion during the 2016 having already depleted $572 million or 52% during the first two quarters. The company has focused in on reducing operating cost looking to reduce the transportation costs associated with water disposal volumes by using pipelines...

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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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Diamondback’s Permian Pad Drilling Potential

Diamondback Energy Holds 1,500 Gross Locations Economic at $40/bbl Pure play Permian operator Diamondback Energy (NYSE: FANG) recently announced an increase in production guidance as well as capital spend for the 2016 year. The company increased production guidance from 34 to 38 Mboe/d to 38 to 40Mboe/d.  Well completion estimates were also increased to 70 to 75 gross horizontal completions, up 30% from previous plans. The rise in completions has added to capital expenditure for the year to $350 to $425...

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QEP Resources Increases Permian Position & Exhausts Almost 50% of Budget

QEP Resources (NYSE: QEP) is an independent operator targeting crude oil and liquids rich gas plays in the United States. The company focuses in the Williston, Permian, Pinedale and Uinta basins and plans on spending $450 to $500 million this year excluding acquisitions and exploratory drilling. QEP is currently running three rigs, one each in the Williston, Permian and Pinedale basins with the option to add a fourth in late 2016.The chart below shows QEP versus peer operators comparing the...

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