Oil prices

Apache Planning ‘Very Modest’ Uptick in Lower 48’s Alpine High, Austin Chalk

Apache Planning ‘Very Modest’ Uptick in Lower 48’s Alpine High, Austin Chalk

Houston-based Apache Corp. on Thursday signaled it will boost upstream capital spending this year by 11% to $1.1 billion over 2020, but most of the funds are earmarked for overseas, not in the Lower 48. The decision to hike capital expenditures (capex) comes after the 4Q2020 results provided “a positive conclusion to a challenging year,”…

February 25, 2021
U.S. Oil Production Unlikely to Gain Ground in 2021, Dallas Fed Economists Say

U.S. Oil Production Unlikely to Gain Ground in 2021, Dallas Fed Economists Say

Even as prices recover, U.S. oil production is likely to only inch ahead – at best – in 2021 as producers focus on cash flow and returning capital to shareholders in bids to win back investors’ trust following the severe slump of 2020, economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said Monday. Kunal Patel,…

February 22, 2021
Cash Prices Soar Amid Natural Gas Shortage, Energy Crisis

Cash Prices Soar Amid Natural Gas Shortage, Energy Crisis

The extraordinarily harsh blast of frigid temperatures blanketing much of the Lower 48 crippled power grids and sent natural gas spot prices soaring on Tuesday, extending a surge that began the previous week. Futures also jumped Tuesday amid widespread reports of rolling blackouts and production freeze-offs. According to Tuesday’s MidDay Price Alert, NGI’s Spot Gas…

February 16, 2021
Oil Consumption to Rebound in 2021, but Pandemic Lurks as Wildcard, EIA Says

Oil Consumption to Rebound in 2021, but Pandemic Lurks as Wildcard, EIA Says

Oil consumption will rise in 2021 alongside a global economic recovery and increased travel, though demand this year is not likely to match the levels prior to the pandemic, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said. In a supplement to its monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) report, the agency forecast global oil consumption would gather…

February 9, 2021
Lower 48 DUC Count Falling to ‘Normal’ by Year’s End, Says Raymond James

Lower 48 DUC Count Falling to ‘Normal’ by Year’s End, Says Raymond James

The Lower 48’s ample supply of drilled but uncompleted wells, aka DUCs, is coming down at a quick pace and is expected to reach “normal” levels by year’s end, tightening the oil supply according to Raymond James & Associates Inc. In a note to clients, Raymond James analyst John Freeman made the case that the…

February 9, 2021
U.S. Energy Consumption Could Take Decade or More to Recover from Pandemic, EIA Says

U.S. Energy Consumption Could Take Decade or More to Recover from Pandemic, EIA Says

The craterous impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on energy demand is likely to ripple out into the next decade, with consumption potentially not returning to pre-pandemic levels until 2029 or later, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in its latest long-term projections. The agency’s 2021 Annual Energy Outlook (AEO2021), released on Wednesday, projects changes…

February 3, 2021
NOV Sees North American Oil, Gas Activity Rising, but Overseas Demand Soft

NOV Sees North American Oil, Gas Activity Rising, but Overseas Demand Soft

Oilfield equipment expert NOV Inc. warned Tuesday that fourth quarter earnings would be below guidance as stronger North American activity levels were not enough to overcome a softer international market. On a consolidated basis, NOV expects to report quarterly revenue of $1.33 billion and an operating loss of $327 million.  “While rising North American activity…

January 21, 2021
Halliburton ‘Optimistic’ U.S. Land Activity to Climb as Oil Prices Strengthen, E&Ps Work to Sustain Production

Halliburton ‘Optimistic’ U.S. Land Activity to Climb as Oil Prices Strengthen, E&Ps Work to Sustain Production

Houston oilfield services giant Halliburton Co. kicked off the fourth quarter earnings season with positive news, as it takes advantage of a recovering U.S. land rig count and completions activity continues to rise. CEO Jeff Miller helmed a conference call on Tuesday with his management team, noting that the largest completions specialist in North America…

January 19, 2021
Permian-Fueled Revenue Lifts Texas Oil, Natural Gas Royalties Near $14B

Permian-Fueled Revenue Lifts Texas Oil, Natural Gas Royalties Near $14B

Lifted by revenue pulled from the Permian Basin in West Texas, the state’s oil and natural gas industry paid $13.9 billion in taxes and royalties in fiscal 2020, or around $38 million/day,  according to a top industry group. Data compiled by the Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA) indicated state energy industry taxes and royalties…

January 14, 2021
E&P Spending Revival Poised for North America, Overseas

E&P Spending Revival Poised for North America, Overseas

Global exploration operators are ready to get back to business in oil and natural gas onshore and offshore, with the international players likely to shell out more funds this year than their Lower 48 compadres. Energy analysts in recent weeks have begun offering their takes on the likely pace of activity and potential capital expenditures…

January 14, 2021