Permian Basin

Oxy Looks to Build Cash Flow, with Low Growth Following $8.4B Loss

Oxy Looks to Build Cash Flow, with Low Growth Following $8.4B Loss

Houston-based Occidental Petroleum Corp. is throttling back from growth to ensure it can build cash flow to pay down some big debt maturities due in 2021, CEO Vicki Hollub said Tuesday. The company, better known as Oxy, has set spending priorities on maintenance, debt reduction and eventually a sustainable dividend before expanding, Hollub said during…

August 11, 2020
Bankruptcies Accelerating in North American Oil Patch, with More Carnage Said Likely

Bankruptcies Accelerating in North American Oil Patch, with More Carnage Said Likely

Bankruptcies in the North American oil patch “have substantially picked up pace” so far in 2020, due largely to the impact of Covid-19 on prices and demand, according to a new report published Tuesday by Haynes and Boone LLP. The Dallas-based international corporate law firm has been tracking bankruptcy filings in the exploration and production…

August 11, 2020
Marathon Oil Slashes Costs, But Says it is Gathering Production Momentum

Marathon Oil Slashes Costs, But Says it is Gathering Production Momentum

Marathon Oil Corp. said stabilization in commodity prices enabled the company to raise its full-year oil production outlook even as it keeps costs in check and further lowers its capital expenditure (capex) plans. Houston-based Marathon — which works in Oklahoma, the Delaware Basin and the Bakken and Eagle Ford shales — raised slightly its 2020…

August 10, 2020
Oil Count Retreats Further as Permian Rigs Exit Patch

Oil Count Retreats Further as Permian Rigs Exit Patch

Yet another round of losses in the oil patch saw the U.S. rig count slide four units to 247 for the week ended Friday (Aug. 7), according to updated numbers from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). Total oil-directed rigs in the United States fell four units to 176, while natural gas-directed rigs held steady at 69.…

August 7, 2020
Permian Pure-Play Pioneer Raises Oil Production Guidance, but 6,000 b/d Curtailed Till Prices Improve

Permian Pure-Play Pioneer Raises Oil Production Guidance, but 6,000 b/d Curtailed Till Prices Improve

Permian Basin heavyweight Pioneer Natural Resources Co. is raising its 2020 oil production guidance by 2.5%, but it is keeping most of the oil volumes curtailed during the second quarter offline until commodity prices improve, management said Wednesday. The Irving, TX-based independent curtailed about 7,000 b/d of net oil production during 2Q2020 and said it…

August 7, 2020
Natural Gas Futures Slip as EIA Storage Data Reflects ‘Woefully Oversupplied’ Market

Natural Gas Futures Slip as EIA Storage Data Reflects ‘Woefully Oversupplied’ Market

Natural gas futures buckled under pressure Thursday after a slightly larger-than-expected storage injection sapped the momentum prices had earlier in the week. The September Nymex futures contract settled at $2.165, down 2.6 cents day/day. October also slipped 2.6 cents to $2.305. Spot gas prices softened across the board as well, dragging down NGI’s Spot Gas…

August 6, 2020
Lower 48 ‘Remains Core’ to BP’s Business, but Higher Prices Said Key to Boosting Activity

Lower 48 ‘Remains Core’ to BP’s Business, but Higher Prices Said Key to Boosting Activity

The Lower 48 oil and natural gas business that BP plc carved out under a separate umbrella took a tumble in the second quarter, with the rig count falling from 13 working during the first three months of the year to only one at the end of June. The primary production focus of Denver-based BPX…

August 6, 2020
Cost Cuts Bolster Profits for Lower 48 Operators Enable, EnLink

Cost Cuts Bolster Profits for Lower 48 Operators Enable, EnLink

Aggressive cost-cutting helped prop up the bottom lines in the second quarter of two big Lower 48 midstream operators, Enable Midstream Partners LC and EnLink Midstream LLC, and expense control remains a high priority amid the shocks of the coronavirus pandemic and the demand destruction it created. Oklahoma City-based Enable said it moved swiftly to…

August 6, 2020
Natural Gas Futures Steady After Wild Two-Day Run; Cash Mixed

Natural Gas Futures Steady After Wild Two-Day Run; Cash Mixed

After a two-day rally that added roughly 40 cents to the price of September natural gas, Nymex futures stalled Wednesday as recent cooler shifts in the weather data were too much to ignore. The September Nymex contract settled two-tenths of a cent lower at $2.191. October was nearly unchanged at $2.331. Spot gas prices also…

August 5, 2020
Texas RRC Eyeing E&P Incentives, Reduced Time to Flare/Vent Natural Gas

Texas RRC Eyeing E&P Incentives, Reduced Time to Flare/Vent Natural Gas

Texas oil and gas regulators are looking for ways to reduce natural gas flaring, a particular problem  in the Permian Basin, by providing incentives and requiring operators to justify why they need exemptions. Draft rules were approved Tuesday by the three-member Railroad Commission (RRC), and will now undergo a 30-day comment period. Chairman Wayne Christian…

August 5, 2020
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