Permian Basin

Ring’s Permian Oil Flowing Close to Pre-Curtailment Levels

Ring’s Permian Oil Flowing Close to Pre-Curtailment Levels

Permian Basin pure-play Ring Energy Inc., which in late April curtailed nearly all of its Delaware sub-basin output, is ramping up, with production now approaching 9,000 boe/d net. In an update late Wednesday, the Midland, TX-based independent said it began flowing oil again in early June when commodity prices were improving and price differentials were…

July 24, 2020
August Natural Gas Futures Recover Ground Amid Cooling Demand Expectations, Signs of LNG Improvement

August Natural Gas Futures Recover Ground Amid Cooling Demand Expectations, Signs of LNG Improvement

August natural gas futures gathered momentum on Tuesday, buoyed by expectations for strong near-term cooling demand and new indications that U.S. exports could recover later in 2020. The August Nymex contract climbed 3.4 cents day/day and settled at $1.675/MMBtu. September gained 3.0 cents to $1.714.  NGI’s Spot Gas National Avg. lost a half-cent to $1.615.…

July 21, 2020
New Mexico Targeting 98% Methane Capture from Oil, Natural Gas Operations in Six Years

New Mexico Targeting 98% Methane Capture from Oil, Natural Gas Operations in Six Years

New Mexico authorities on Monday published two separate sets of draft rules aimed at curbing methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations. The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) unveiled what it called “New Mexico’s first comprehensive methane regulations,” which propose 98% natural gas capture from the oil and gas industry by the…

July 21, 2020
Oil, Natural Gas Production Slide to Continue Next Month in Key Lower 48 Unconventional Plays

Oil, Natural Gas Production Slide to Continue Next Month in Key Lower 48 Unconventional Plays

Deflating oil and natural gas production from seven of the most prolific U.S. onshore unconventional plays is expected to continue in August, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).  Total oil production from the Anadarko, Appalachian and Permian basins, and the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Haynesville and Niobrara formations is expected to decline to 7.49 million…

July 13, 2020
EnerCorp Merging with Pro Oil to Build OFS Business in Lower 48

EnerCorp Merging with Pro Oil to Build OFS Business in Lower 48

EnerCorp Engineered Solutions said Monday it is merging with well flow specialist Pro Oil & Gas Services LLC to expand well construction services across North America.  EnerCorp, headquartered in The Woodlands near Houston, formerly was EnerCorp Sand Solutions. The oilfield services (OFS) specialist has focused on sand separation technologies, as well as providing ancillary flowback…

July 13, 2020
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