Permian Basin

Permian Delaware Producers, Midstreamers Said Struggling to Control Methane Emissions

Permian Delaware Producers, Midstreamers Said Struggling to Control Methane Emissions

Aerial methane measurements taken during August in the Permian Basin indicate the oil and gas industry continues to have issues in controlling flaring and venting, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) said Thursday. The EDF’s ongoing Permian Methane Analysis Project, aka PermianMAP, is collecting methane emissions from the air, via towers and on the ground across…

September 24, 2021
ConocoPhillips Snapping Up Shell’s Permian Portfolio for $9.5B

ConocoPhillips Snapping Up Shell’s Permian Portfolio for $9.5B

Houston-based ConocoPhillips on Monday agreed to pay $9.5 billion to buy Royal Dutch Shell plc’s Permian Basin portfolio, which a Shell executive said reflected “our focus on value over volumes” as it accelerates its energy transition from fossil fuels. Shell’s Permian business includes ownership in 225,000 net acres with current production of around 175,000 boe/d.…

September 20, 2021
Activity Rises in Permian, Eagle Ford as U.S. Rig Count Climbs on Oil Drilling

Activity Rises in Permian, Eagle Ford as U.S. Rig Count Climbs on Oil Drilling

Increased activity in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale helped push the U.S. rig count nine units higher to 512 during the week ended Friday (Sept. 17), according to the latest data from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). A 10-rig increase in oil-directed drilling offset a one-rig decline in natural gas-directed rigs in the United…

September 17, 2021
ExxonMobil Launches Certification Pilot with MiQ for Permian Natural Gas

ExxonMobil Launches Certification Pilot with MiQ for Permian Natural Gas

ExxonMobil is wading into the certified natural gas game, partnering with nonprofit MiQ for natural gas produced at its Poker Lake, NM, facility in the Permian Basin. About 200 MMcf/d from Poker Lake would be assessed and certified by MiQ, ExxonMobil said Tuesday. The certified natural gas, sometimes referred to as responsibly sourced gas, could…

September 7, 2021
Natural Gas Rig Count Flat as Oil Drilling Stays on Growth Trajectory

Natural Gas Rig Count Flat as Oil Drilling Stays on Growth Trajectory

The U.S. natural gas rig count remained unchanged at 97 during the week ended Friday (Aug. 27), while the oil patch kept its growth trend intact, according to the updated figures from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). The overall U.S. count rose five units to 508 for the week, with oil rigs added on land accounting…

August 27, 2021
WhiteWater Acquires Gateway Natural Gas Pipeline, Expanding Permian Footprint

WhiteWater Acquires Gateway Natural Gas Pipeline, Expanding Permian Footprint

WhiteWater Midstream LLC said Thursday it has acquired Sendero Midstream’s roughly 24-mile, 400 MMcf/d Gateway interstate natural gas pipeline. Gateway transports dry gas from processing plants in Eddy County, NM, to an interconnection with WhiteWater’s Agua Blanca intrastate pipeline system in West Texas. WhiteWater and partner MPLX LP recently completed a 1.8 Bcf/d expansion of…

August 27, 2021
E&P Permit Requests Said Focused in Permian, Powder River and Eagle Ford

E&P Permit Requests Said Focused in Permian, Powder River and Eagle Ford

U.S. drilling permit activity climbed sharply in July, led by the Eagle Ford Shale, Powder River and Permian basins, but the overall numbers are still short from the pre-pandemic days of July 2019, according to Evercore ISI. The energy analyst team led by James West uses federal and state data to compile a monthly review…

August 16, 2021
Ecopetrol Shows Strong Permian Results, Rebound from Colombia Disruptions

Ecopetrol Shows Strong Permian Results, Rebound from Colombia Disruptions

Colombia’s Ecopetrol SA saw its production take a hit in the second quarter because of social unrest in the country but management foresees a strong recovery this year. Ecopetrol was also boosted in the second quarter by its joint venture (JV) with Occidental Petroleum Corp. in the Permian Basin’s Midland formation in West Texas. “Social…

August 9, 2021
U.S. Natural Gas Rig Count Static, but Lower 48 Oil Drilling Climbs

U.S. Natural Gas Rig Count Static, but Lower 48 Oil Drilling Climbs

The United States gained three drilling rigs for the week ending Friday (Aug. 6), all working in the Lower 48, according to Baker Hughes Co. (BKR).  There were 491 active rigs total in the U.S. onshore and Gulf of Mexico (GOM), compared with 247 for the same period of 2020. The weekly rig tally is…

August 6, 2021
Oxy Looks to Ramp Permian Carbon Capture by Early 2024, Consider More JVs in Lower 48

Oxy Looks to Ramp Permian Carbon Capture by Early 2024, Consider More JVs in Lower 48

The world’s largest direct air capture (DAC) facility, designed to zap up to 1 million metric tons/year of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the Permian Basin, is tracking to start up by early 2024, Occidental Petroleum Corp. CEO Vicki Hollub said Wednesday. Oxy, as it is better known, issued its second quarter results on Wednesday.…

August 6, 2021