At a time when the oil and gas industry contends it is reducing methane emissions, the issue has become a topic of debate during this year’s midterm election in New Mexico.
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EnerVest Ltd. reported Monday that it is on target to clear more than $1 billion in oil and natural gas asset acquisitions within the United States for the fourth year in a row. In 2013 the company is adding to its Midcontinent, Barnett Shale and San Juan Basin acreage, in addition to snapping up its first piece of the Uinta Basin in Utah.
Encana Corp. has about 50 billion bbl of oil in place in its five largest liquids plays, according to Eric Marsh, executive vice president. Earlier this month at Barclays CEO Energy/Power Conference, the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) was at the top of his list.
Continuing its strategy of increasing its acreage in the liquids-rich Bakken Shale and Three Forks Formation, a QEP Resources Inc. subsidiary has entered into two deals with multiple sellers to acquire “significant crude oil development properties” in the Williston Basin for an aggregate purchase price of close to $1.38 billion.
ConocoPhillips has begun initial development on the “potentially impactful” Mancos Shale in the San Juan Basin, which has the potential to be a producer “for years and years,” CEO Ryan Lance said Wednesday.
ConocoPhillips expects its 1Q2008 production to be “slightly below” 1.8 million boe/d following an unplanned shutdown at a nonoperated gas processing plant in the San Juan Basin, which was complicated by cold weather. Output in the final quarter of 2007 was 1.84 million boe/d. The Houston-based major issued an interim update ahead of the April 24 scheduled release of quarterly results. The producer noted that in the first three months of this year, the average price of natural gas climbed 19% from the same period a year ago while crude oil prices surged 69%. Henry Hub first-of-month prices in 1Q2008 averaged $8.03/Mcf, compared with $6.77 in 1Q2007. Gas prices in 4Q2007 averaged $6.97/Mcf. Realized domestic refining and marketing margins for 1Q2008 are expected to be “significantly lower” than margins in 4Q2007 because of the absence of a quarterly inventory benefit, higher crude costs relative to benchmarks and lower margins. Conoco said the prices for its “secondary products,” such as fuel oil, natural gas liquids and petroleum coke “did not increase in proportion to the cost of the feedstocks to produce them.” Debt balance for the major was estimated to be about $21.5 billion at the end of March. Stock repurchases in the first three months of this year were estimated at $2.5 billion.
ConocoPhillips expects its 1Q2008 production to be “slightly below” 1.8 million boe/d following an unplanned shutdown at a nonoperated gas processing plant in the San Juan Basin, which was complicated by cold weather. Output in the final quarter of 2007 was 1.84 million boe/d.
Due to fabrication problems on Line 1300/1301, a total outage of the San Juan Crossover has been extended through nomination cycles 1 and 2 Friday, El Paso said. Zero capacity on the crossover previously had been scheduled to end after Thursday’s gas day (see Daily GPI, May 14). “Barring any more unforeseen problems, the capacity can possibly be raised to 584 MMcf/d for [Friday’s] Cycle 3…which will include the reduction of 44 MMcf/d due to one section of Line 1301 remaining out of service,” the pipeline said. Restoration of full crossover capacity of 628 MMcf/d is set for Saturday.