Increased

Reducing the ‘Drag’ Delivers Oil, Gas Faster, Says PwC

Master integrated planning in the shale natural gas and liquids markets reduces working capital and makes the end-to-end process more consistent and predictable, according to an analysis by PwC.

April 1, 2013

Shell’s Voser: Export the Shale Revolution

America’s “shale revolution,” combined with increased Gulf of Mexico oil production, the potential for major deposits in the Arctic, and growth in tight and heavy oil, including oilsands, makes North America’s energy picture much brighter than it was not that long ago, Royal Dutch Shell plc CEO Peter Voser said recently at the Chief Executives Club of Boston.

April 1, 2013

ConocoPhillips San Juan Program Squeezed by Low NatGas Prices

ConocoPhillips, the largest operator in the San Juan Basin, is temporarily suspending its natural gas drilling in the Four Corners region because of low gas prices, a spokesman said Thursday. The news comes on the heels of reports by energy analysts that the gas rig count may only reach 450 this year and not strengthen into 2014.

April 1, 2013
Voser on Shale: The Revolution Should Be Exported

Voser on Shale: The Revolution Should Be Exported

America’s “shale revolution,” combined with increased Gulf of Mexico oil production, the potential for major deposits in the Arctic, and growth in tight and heavy oil, including oilsands, makes North America’s energy picture much brighter than it was not that long ago, Royal Dutch Shell plc CEO Peter Voser said recently at the Chief Executives Club of Boston.

March 28, 2013

Analysts See U.S. Oil Rig Count Drifting Lower As Gas Slowly Recovers

The U.S. oil rig count will continue to “drift slowly lower” in 2013 and 2014 in part because of technology and in part to balance the market, according to an updated analysis by Raymond James & Associates Inc.

March 26, 2013

Industry Briefs

Differentiated chemicals manufacturer Huntsman Corp. said it will increase capacity at its Geismar, LA, worldscale methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) facilities. Capacity will be increased by 50,000 tons to 500,000 tons using improved process technology developed by Huntsman and will enable the company to support growth of its key customers and leverage the advantages of the Geismar site and its access to U.S. shale gas, strong logistics base and excellent integration, Huntsman said. “The benefits of U.S. shale gas have significantly improved the economics of investing in U.S. facilities, and Huntsman has a number of other investments planned which will take advantage of lower-cost natural gas,” said Anthony Hankins, president of Huntsman polyurethanes. The new capacity is expected to come on-stream in 2014 and will further consolidate Huntsman’s position as the leading MDI producer in the Americas region, the company said. Huntsman also said it will upgrade its downstream specialties production capability at its Rotterdam, the Netherlands site. The cost of the two projects is $135 million.

March 25, 2013

NatGas Marketers Report 4% 4Q2012 Volume Tumble

Increased natural gas sales by BP plc weren’t enough to overcome mild winter-sparked decreases reported by several other big name companies, resulting in a 4% (5.86 Bcf/d) decline in gas sales transactions in 4Q2012 (135.01 Bcf/d) compared with 4Q2011 (140.87 Bcf/d), according to NGI’s 4Q2012 Top North American Gas Marketers Ranking. The full-year 2012 total for participating companies was virtually unchanged from 2011.

March 25, 2013

Less Drilling, but Pennsylvania NatGas Output Up 69%

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said last week natural gas production in Pennsylvania increased 69% in 2012, despite a reduction in drilling activity.

March 25, 2013

Top North American Gas Marketers (Bcf/d)

Increased natural gas sales by BP plc weren’t enough to overcome mild winter-sparked decreases reported by several other big name companies, resulting in a 4% (5.86 Bcf/d) decline in gas sales transactions in 4Q2012 (135.01 Bcf/d) compared with 4Q2011 (140.87 Bcf/d)… read more

March 25, 2013

Top North American Gas Marketers (Bcf/d)

Increased natural gas sales by BP plc weren’t enough to overcome mild winter-sparked decreases reported by several other big name companies, resulting in a 4% (5.86 Bcf/d) decline in gas sales transactions in 4Q2012 (135.01 Bcf/d) compared with 4Q2011 (140.87 Bcf/d)… read more

March 25, 2013