Topic: Williston Basin

SM Energy Completions Cost Down to $400 Per Lateral Foot

SM Energy (NYSE: SM) is one of the few operators who has a positive free cash flow during 2016. They have reduced spending by almost half since 2015 and continue to manage costs having spent just under half of their planned $685 to $690 million for the year. They have taken advantage of the cost savings in the low oil price environment and have stuck to the core areas that will generate returns for them. The chart below shows SM...

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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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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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Oil Rigs Fall -0.8% After 2 Weeks of Improvement 

The BHI land rig count decreased -0.5% to 813, with oil rigs dropping -5 and gas rigs improving by +1 over the previous week. The Permian continues to improve, adding +3 rigs for the week, bringing the count to 242. Granite Wash added +2 oil rigs after 2 weeks of holding steady at 15 rigs. In the Eagle Ford, rig activity continued to decline this month, releasing -4 rigs this week (or -3,9%), after having a strong first week in July. Gas...

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Horizontal Rigs Stay Flat While Vertical Rigs Drop -10.1%

The BHI land rig count declined -0.8% to 827 rigs from last week's 834. The decline this week stems from the vertical rig count, which dropped 11 rigs or -10.1% from last week's 109 rigs. The horizontal rig count stayed flat at 666 rigs and the directional rig count jumped +4 rigs to 63 from last week's 59. The Eagle Ford sank this week by -7 rigs, 4 of which were oil rigs and 3 were gas. Basins with one...

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U.S. Land Rigs Drop to 834

The BHI land rig count dropped -10 rigs (or -1.2%) to 834 rigs from last week's 844. The WTI crude oil price closed last week at about $60 per barrel. Oil-directed rigs dropped -12 rigs (or -1.9%) to 619 from last week's 631. Compared to this time last year, oil-directed rigs are down -58%.Summary of Shale PlaysPermian Basin -0.4% to 232 rigs, compared to last week’s 233 rigs Eagle Ford +2.8% to 110 rigs, from last week's 107 rigs Williston Basin -1.3% to...

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