Reports

Acquisitions Conceal Gas Production Struggle

On average, U.S. gas production appears to have been up slightly (2%, according to financial reports from 25 producers) at the end of the third quarter compared to 3Q99. However, there was a wide variation among producers, with some reporting huge increases, such as Mitchell Energy, Devon and Coastal, while others reported large declines, including Amerada Hess, Texaco, Kerr McGee and Ocean Energy (see preliminary tally).

October 30, 2000

Kinder Morgan Buys Pipe, Reports Huge Q3 Growth

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP has picked up a 32.5% stake in the Cochin Pipeline System from NOVA Chemical Corp. The 1,900 mile, 12-inch pipeline operates in the Canadian sedimentary basin between Fort Saskatchewan, AL and Sarnia, ON, carrying high vapor pressure ethane, ethylene, propane, butane and natural gas liquids to the Midwestern U.S. and eastern Canadian markets.

October 30, 2000

Acquisitions Conceal Gas Production Struggle

On average, U.S. gas production appears to have been up slightly(2%, according to financial reports from 25 producers) at of theend of the third quarter compared to 3Q99. However, there was awide variation among producers, with some reporting huge increases,such as Mitchell Energy, Devon and Coastal, while others reportedlarge declines, including Amerada Hess, Texaco, Kerr McGee andOcean Energy (see preliminary tally below).

October 27, 2000

Financial Briefs

Producers are in for a very profitable year if recent thirdquarter earnings reports are any indication. Occidental Petroleumreported a three-fold increase in third quarter earnings comparedto the same period last year, going from $126 million ($0.35 pershare) in 3Q99 to $402 million ($1.09 per share) in 3Q2000. Thesuccessful performance is mainly the result of higher commodityprices. Oxy’s earnings before special items for the third quarterwere $370 million ($1.00 per share) as opposed to last year for thesame time period when the company posted $125 million ($.35 ashare). Oxy’s oil and gas division earned $690 million beforespecial items, compared to $279 million in 3Q99. Although commoditycosts played a large part in the increase, the company also citedan increase in production volumes due to its acquisition of AlturaEnergy from Shell Exploration & Production Co. and BP duringthe second quarter of 2000. Its domestic gas production levels rosefrom 673 MMcf/d during 3Q99 to 687MMcf/d for 3Q2000, while domesticliquids (mostly crude) rose from 71,000 b/d to 210,000 b/d.

October 23, 2000

Oxy More Than Triples Net Income in Q3

Producers are in for a very profitable year if recent third quarterearnings reports are any indication. Following on EOG’s announcementTuesday of a 250% earnings hike, Occidental Petroleum Corp. (Oxy)Wednesday reported a three-fold increase in third quarter earningscompared to the same period last year, going from $126 million ($0.35per share) in 3Q99 to $402 million ($1.09 per share) in 3Q2000 (seeDaily GPI, Oct. 18).

October 19, 2000

Burlington’s Earnings Expected to Rise in Q3

Burlington Resources expects to top First Call/ThomsonFinancial’s earnings estimate for the company’s third quarter by$.06 to $.11 cents, but reports production may lag in comparison tolast quarter due to the “natural decline” in some of its operationareas.

September 19, 2000

Early Survey Shows Production 0.5% Below 2Q1999 Levels

A preliminary survey of second quarter financial reports from 25 producers reveals a 0.5% decline in U.S. gas production compared to 2Q99. Out of 25 producers, 14 reported lower production and five of those showed double digit drops. Pioneer Resources, Ocean Energy, Union Pacific and Kerr McGee showed the largest U.S. production declines on a percentage basis.

August 7, 2000

Multiple Idle Wells Await Production

A new study by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commissionreports the number of idle gas and oil wells nationwide has jumpedby more than 58,000 in four years to 343,030 wells in 2000, whichillustrates the impact of low oil and gas prices over the past fewyears and the potential for increased marginal well production overthe next few years.

August 7, 2000

Multiple Idle Wells Await Production

A new study by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commissionreports the number of idle gas and oil wells nationwide has jumpedby more than 58,000 in four years to 343,030 wells in 2000, whichillustrates the impact of low oil and gas prices over the past fewyears and the potential for increased marginal well production overthe next few years.

August 3, 2000

Production 0.5% Below 2Q 1999

A survey of second quarter financial reports from 25 producersreveals a 0.5% decline in U.S. gas production compared to 2Q99. Outof 25 producers, fourteen reported lower production and basinexploration. Pioneer Resources, Ocean Energy, Union Pacific andKerr McGee showed the largest U.S. production declines.

July 31, 2000