Topic: Utica Shale

$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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OXY & COP Slice $4.9 Billion from Budgets, WTI Closes at $48.24

The Baker Hughes US Rig Count for Land Rigs declined -5.5% this week to 1472 from 1557. The horizontal rig count dropped to 1160 down -63 from last week. The week ended on a positive note with the WTI closing at $48.24 per barrel.The overall horizontal rig count has declined -5.2% to 1160 from last week and -168 from January 2014. The most significant decline comes from the Permian, which dropped -10 rigs, and the Mississippian, which dropped -7 rigs compared to...

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Land Rig Count Drops to 1599 as WTI Crude Increases to $48.45

US Land Rigs dropped -4.4% this week to 1599 from 1673, as reported in the weekly Baker Hughes Rig Count. The horizontal rig count dropped to 1247, a -3.6% decline in activity. WTI Crude edged up to $48.45. Top 3 Shale Plays Drop 33 Rigs Permian Basin is -15 compared to previous week and +9 compared to last year at this time. 30% of the US land rigs operate in the Permian Basin. Horizontal drilling activity remains strong with over 69% of the rigs drilling (see...

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Permian down 28 Rigs, US Land Rigs Drop to 1673

According to the Baker Hughes Rig Count, US Land Rigs declined -3.6% this week to 1673 from 1735.  The horizontal drilling activity is 77% of the total rig count. Permian Drops 28 Rigs Permian Basin is -28 compared to previous week and +63 compared to last year at this time. 30% of the US land rigs operate in the Permian Basin. Eagle Ford declined 3 rigs to 197. At this time last year, there were 227 rigs operating in Eagle Ford, -30. Click...

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Bakken -7, Eagle Ford +2, & OPEC Revenue down 14%

This week there are no large swings in rig counts. The WTI oil price is hovering around $56 / bbl and Brent crude is at $62 / bbl. We are expecting to see a weekly rig count decline over the next several weeks. Once we are in the new year, we will release a bottoms-up forecast of Shale drilling activity. Horizontal Rig Count Drops by 12 Permian Basin is -9 compared to previous week and +63 compared to last year at this...

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27 Rigs down While Oil Drops 12% to $57.81

Why is OPEC cutting production? OPEC will gain relevancy again by pushing prices down below $60/barrel. At this price, several OPEC country members are below their break-even price; however, the OPEC countries likely have enough capital reserves to wait out the bottoming of the price. The two key uncertainties we see are OPEC and global demand.This downturn is much different from 2008. Many economists and traders are pointing towards gains in other areas while the Energy sector is in turmoil....

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Clearing up the Media’s Account of Drilling Activity, US Rig Count -5

To no surprise to an experienced oilfield professional, rig count dropped a few rigs this week. The decline was all oil wells. Everyone is keeping a close eye on the WTI and Brent prices to understand the impact to their business and customers.This week Permian Basin is +2 compared to previous week and +95 compared to last year at this time. Eagle Ford is -3 compared to last week and -20 compared to last year. Click here to see the interactive weekly insights...

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