Posts Tagged ‘drilling’

The Oil Big Five: Scandal, politics, and looking ahead

There are certain times of the year that seem to rush by and October is one of those, as evidenced by this installment of The Oil Big Five coming out a bit later than usual. In some ways, this is an indicator of how much there is to do and keep track of, including for the global oil industry.

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North Dakota regulators scramble to keep Bakken production steady

In July, North Dakota produced just over 1.2 million b/d of crude oil, down just over 9,400 b/d from the previous month and down nearly 26,000 b/d from the all-time high of about 1.23 million b/d the state set in December 2014.

The decline in Bakken production is hardly surprising considering the dramatic cuts producers have made in response to the sustained drop in oil prices, nor is it a particularly severe drop.

But state regulators are scrambling for options to sustain North Dakota production above that 1.2 million b/d level and prevent supply from falling along with the state’s rig count. The state is expected to unveil production figures for August this week.

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Producers breathe new life into Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay: At the Wellhead

In this week’s Oilgram News column, At the Wellhead, Tim Bradner looks at how new technologies are helping producers at Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay to improve production and drilling techniques and to boost ultimate expected recovery rates.

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Discussing the costs of disaster for offshore US oil : Regulation and Environment

In this week’s Oilgram News column, Regulation and Environment, Gary Gentile asks if the risks associated with ultra-deepwater oil production endeavors are properly disclosed to shareholders.

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Q2 oil results show strength of US ‘super-shale’ for the price of a slice

If the round of second-quarter upstream conference calls showed anything, it was that operators have been humdingers in recent months: incredibly competitive, ruggedly hard-working and totally determined to match their operating costs to slipping oil prices, with a bit left over for profit.

And they have succeeded beyond their most extravagant forecasts. The cost of producing the once-perceived “high-priced” unconventional oil patch has now fallen, in some cases, to per-barrel breakeven prices pretty much on par with an extra-large delivered pizza with all the works, including tip.

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Struggles to cut cost delay oil play production in Argentina: At the Wellhead

There are always myriad reasons why vast oil resources worldwide may not be produced, and in this week’s Oilgram News column, At the Wellhead, Charles Newbery digs into challenges facing the biggest shale play in Argentina, which could rival the prolific production of US plays if properly tapped.

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Financing ‘frack addicts’ and shale producers in the US: Petrodollars

Robert Perkins examines the delicate balance act of financing shale oil production in the US in this week’s Oilgram News column, Petrodollars.

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Alaska’s Arctic oil resources require tech investment now: Regulation & Environment

The technology underlying the US shale revolution was largely developed and funded by government laboratories working in conjunction with the private sector. Could the same formula be the key to unlocking the oil and gas riches offshore Alaska?

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To buy or not to buy: M&A in the E&P sector — Energy Economist

In this month’s highlight of material from Platts Energy Economist, managing editor Ross McCracken delves into the best places to sink capital in a time of low oil prices and whether recent investments have truly trickled through the industry yet.

It is not hard to find proponents of the view that the current clampdown on capital expenditure by oil and gas companies will cause a shortage of oil in the future. Weak investment now causes low production in years to come. At the same time, low prices prompt greater demand. As soon as these two processes become entrenched, oil traders will look ahead to the impending shortage and prices will rise. Boom time returns.

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The alphabet soup of oil patch recovery

The oil industry has always had buzz words and unique verbal shorthand. Remember the “Year of the MLP” (2007) and “Drill, Baby, Drill” (2008)?

During the last down cycle in 2008-2009, oil executives debated whether the recovery – when it came – would be “V”-shaped or “U”-shaped. That is, a relatively rapid bottoming of oil prices in the former instance, followed by a fairly quick rebound – or, alternatively, a steep falloff of oil prices, a plateau as the market got its bearings and settled out, and then a fairly rapid climb back up the price ladder.

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