Gulf Of Mexico

BP Riding to Higher Offshore Oil, Gas Output with Thunder Horse Expansion

BP Riding to Higher Offshore Oil, Gas Output with Thunder Horse Expansion

BP plc’s largest production and drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), Thunder Horse, has ramped up an expansion project to boost deepwater output by up to 25,000 boe/d. The Thunder Horse South Expansion Phase 2 project, with an initial two-well tie-back, added a subsea drill center roughly two miles from the main platform,…

October 1, 2021
Activity Rises in Permian, Eagle Ford as U.S. Rig Count Climbs on Oil Drilling

Activity Rises in Permian, Eagle Ford as U.S. Rig Count Climbs on Oil Drilling

Increased activity in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale helped push the U.S. rig count nine units higher to 512 during the week ended Friday (Sept. 17), according to the latest data from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). A 10-rig increase in oil-directed drilling offset a one-rig decline in natural gas-directed rigs in the United…

September 17, 2021
Natural Gas Futures, Cash Prices Soar Above $5.00 as Nicholas Amplifies Production Worries

Natural Gas Futures, Cash Prices Soar Above $5.00 as Nicholas Amplifies Production Worries

Natural gas futures surged on Monday as a new tropical storm threatened to further shake the Gulf of Mexico’s (GOM) production foundation, a development that could hamper supply/demand balances at a time when gas in storage for winter is already light. The October Nymex contract cruised 29.3 cents higher day/day and settled at $5.231/MMBtu. November…

September 13, 2021
Natural Gas Forward Prices Flirt with $5 as Slow Production Recovery Intensifies Supply Concerns

Natural Gas Forward Prices Flirt with $5 as Slow Production Recovery Intensifies Supply Concerns

Natural gas forward prices exploded higher through the trading period ending Sept. 8 as hefty production outages lingered following Hurricane Ida, creating more uncertainty about whether U.S. supplies would be sufficient for the winter.  October fixed prices rallied by an average of 26.0 cents, while prices for the November and winter (November 2021-March 2022) strips…

September 9, 2021
Talos Working with Authorities to ID Owner of Leaking GOM Oil Pipeline

Talos Working with Authorities to ID Owner of Leaking GOM Oil Pipeline

Talos Energy Inc. is working with state and federal authorities to identify the owner of an oil pipeline that appears to be leaking in Louisiana state waters. The Houston-based independent exploration and production (E&P) company on Tuesday said it continued to lead the efforts to contain and control the oil release, which likely occurred following…

September 8, 2021
GOM’s Oil and Natural Gas Recovery from Ida Mistakenly Overstated by Federal Officials

GOM’s Oil and Natural Gas Recovery from Ida Mistakenly Overstated by Federal Officials

Natural gas and oil production taken offline in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) by Ida is not coming back as quickly as first advertised, federal officials said Thursday. Following major storms in the GOM, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) compiles daily reports from operators. On Thursday, it was clear that something had…

September 2, 2021
GOM Natural Gas and Oil Operations Ramping Up Slowly, Stymied by Devastation in Louisiana

GOM Natural Gas and Oil Operations Ramping Up Slowly, Stymied by Devastation in Louisiana

The devastation wrought by Hurricane Ida to the U.S. Gulf Coast and offshore became clearer on Wednesday, as oil and natural gas operations sputtered to restart. However, only a few customers in New Orleans on Wednesday were able to turn the lights on, as power outages remained widespread along the coast. Reports indicated it could…

September 1, 2021
Natural Gas Rises as Analysts See Potential for Lasting GOM Supply Impacts

Natural Gas Rises as Analysts See Potential for Lasting GOM Supply Impacts

The prospect of prolonged Gulf of Mexico (GOM) production shut-ins in the wake of Hurricane Ida helped send natural gas futures higher in early trading Wednesday. The October Nymex contract was up 7.1 cents to $4.448/MMBtu as of around 8:50 a.m. ET. Bullish indicators have increased for the natural gas market since Tuesday morning, according…

September 1, 2021
Natural Gas Futures, Cash Prices Fall as Ida Slashes Demand; Storm Tees Up ‘Tame September’

Natural Gas Futures, Cash Prices Fall as Ida Slashes Demand; Storm Tees Up ‘Tame September’

Though still early for a full assessment of former Hurricane Ida, natural gas futures traders on Monday focused squarely on the destruction of natural gas demand brought about by the catastrophic Category 4 storm. The October Nymex gas futures contract, on its first day in the prompt position, settled at $4.305, off 8.3 cents from…

August 30, 2021
Critics Say Biden ‘Slow Walks’ Compliance with Court Order to Resume Federal Oil, Natural Gas Lease Sales

Critics Say Biden ‘Slow Walks’ Compliance with Court Order to Resume Federal Oil, Natural Gas Lease Sales

The U.S. government confirmed in a court filing it would resume federal oil and gas lease sales — and established a timeline — to comply with a ruling that called for an end to the Biden administration’s moratorium. Critics, however, noted that Biden administration officials intend to stretch the process out over several months as…

August 25, 2021
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