Goldman Sachs on Friday reduced its forecast for natural gas and liquids prices for 2020-2021 because of the unrelenting onslaught in Lower 48 supplies and, barring a cold winter, lower demand.
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Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE) said Tuesday it plans to launch a physically delivered Permian West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures contract in Houston.
The global oil supply is tightening, and markets should move closer to balance by the end of this year, but it’s too early for “any improvement in price” to affect exploration investments because operator confidence and balance sheets still need to be repaired, Schlumberger Ltd.’s operations chief said Tuesday.
Schlumberger Ltd.’s CEO said Thursday increased efficiencies are now the focus of onshore operators, hungry for technologies that reduce costs and improve production.
Physical natural gas prices Tuesday for delivery Wednesday experienced broad and pervasive selling as a weak screen, expectations of sizeable storage builds, and no tropical activity pulled the plug on pricing. Overall, prices settled on average 8 cents lower, and virtually no points made it to the positive side of the trading ledger. At the close of futures trading, October had fallen 11 cents to $3.492 and November was down by 11.8 cents to $3.559. November crude oil fell 46 cents to $103.13/bbl.
While acknowledging that rail shipments are a vital part of the burgeoning Bakken Shale play, North Dakota energy officials on Monday refused to speculate on the eventual impact of the oil rail car derailment and fire in Quebec, Canada, on their state’s soaring production (see Shale Daily, July 16).
U.S. natural gas prices may never return to the double digits of yesteryear, but there are “a lot of reasons” to see some upside in pricing going forward, Apache Corp. CEO G. Steven Farris said last week at Sanford Bernstein’s 29th Annual Strategic Decisions Conference 2013.