Permian Basin

More Losses for Oil Patch as U.S. Rig Count Grinds Lower

More Losses for Oil Patch as U.S. Rig Count Grinds Lower

A continued slide in oil-directed activity helped drop the U.S. rig count another five units to 258 for the week ending Friday (July 10), according to the latest figures from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). Four oil-directed rigs, along with one natural gas-directed, exited the United States during the period, putting the overall domestic tally 700…

July 10, 2020
Noble Bringing Back Curtailed U.S. Oil Volumes, Expanding NatGas Export Capacity Overseas

Noble Bringing Back Curtailed U.S. Oil Volumes, Expanding NatGas Export Capacity Overseas

Noble Energy Inc. said Thursday the bulk of its shut-in U.S. oil and gas production would be brought back online in the coming weeks.  Noble, whose vast U.S. portfolio extends across Texas and Colorado, said its second quarter curtailments totaled 11,000 b/d of oil. But “significant improvements in operating costs and netback pricing” will allow…

July 9, 2020
Permian Activity Declines as U.S. Rig Count Down Two

Permian Activity Declines as U.S. Rig Count Down Two

Driven by declines in the Permian Basin, the U.S. rig count fell two units overall to drop to 263 for the short holiday week ending Thursday (July 2), according to the latest numbers from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). Changes for the week included a three-rig decline in oil-directed drilling, partially offset by the addition of…

July 2, 2020
Permian Pure-Play Lilis Cites Covid-19 in Bankruptcy Filing

Permian Pure-Play Lilis Cites Covid-19 in Bankruptcy Filing

Lilis Energy Inc., which plies its exploration talents across the Permian Basin, on Monday sought voluntary protection under Chapter 11 to reduce debt. The filing came one day after onshore giant Chesapeake Energy Corp. filed for voluntary bankruptcy. Fort Worth, TX-based Lilis filed petitions in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston…

June 29, 2020
Finally Toppled by Debt, Chesapeake in Bankruptcy

Finally Toppled by Debt, Chesapeake in Bankruptcy

Chesapeake Energy Corp., once a symbol of the American natural gas industry’s revival and a disruptive leader that helped spark the nation’s unconventional boom, filed for Chapter 11 protection on Sunday to wipe out $7 billion of debt.  The move follows months of speculation and years of cost-cutting initiatives at the Oklahoma City-based independent, which…

June 29, 2020
Oxy Eyeing $6-9B in Oil, Gas Impairments on Covid-19, Depressed Oil Prices

Oxy Eyeing $6-9B in Oil, Gas Impairments on Covid-19, Depressed Oil Prices

Occidental Petroleum Corp., which made a $57 billion bet last year to take over Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in part to secure its Permian Basin position, said Thursday it expects to write down the value of its oil and gas assets during the second quarter by $6-9 billion.The Houston-based independent, better known as Oxy, in March…

June 25, 2020
North America Takes Biggest Global Hit as Upstream Valuation Slumps $1.6T on Oil Price Crash

North America Takes Biggest Global Hit as Upstream Valuation Slumps $1.6T on Oil Price Crash

The oil price debacle, brought about in part by the demand-crushing pandemic, has wiped an estimated $1.6 trillion from the valuation of the global upstream industry, with North American losses leading the way, a new analysis by Wood Mackenzie has found. Global upstream development spend overall this year has been knocked down by 30% from…

June 25, 2020
Producer Deals for U.S. LNG Said Unlikely Amid Covid-19

Producer Deals for U.S. LNG Said Unlikely Amid Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has made it difficult for U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) developers to sign additional long-term natural gas supply deals with producers to help fund new liquefaction capacity, an industry analyst said. Cheniere Energy Inc. signed two long-term deals last year with Permian Basin producers to buy natural gas at prices linked to…

June 23, 2020

Dramatically Warmer Weather Forecasts ‘Final Nail in the Coffin’ for Natural Gas

A major shift in weekend weather forecasts that may solidify this winter as one of the warmest on record sent Nymex natural gas futures plunging to fresh lows on Monday. The March Nymex contract tumbled 9.2 cents to settle at $1.766/MMBtu. April fell 8.8 cents to $1.804.

February 10, 2020

Laredo Beats 2019 Oil, Gas Guidance in Permian on Efficiencies, Wider Spacing

Permian Basin independent Laredo Petroleum Inc. exceeded oil and natural gas guidance for 2019, claiming a 19% increase year/year, with total proved reserves climbing by 23%.

January 6, 2020