An evolving strategic focus on capital discipline by U.S. onshore exploration and production (E&P) companies that began quietly within the last couple of years is expected to become far more widespread in 2018, with nearly half of a sampled group of independent producers — mostly in the Permian Basin — generating free cash flow (FCF) in 2018, according to BTU Analytics.
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Louisiana’s Terryville Complex ‘On Par With, if Not Superior’ to Appalachia, Analysts Say
Investors looking for an alternative to the much celebrated Appalachian Basin might turn their gaze to North Louisiana and the Cotton Valley Sands formation’s Terryville Complex, where the acreage and plans of newly public Memorial Resource Development (MRD) have analysts talking about “potentially superior” returns.
Chevron, Cimarex Expand Delaware Basin Opportunities
Chevron Corp. will gain access to some needed infrastructure to develop a portion of its one million-acre leasehold in the Permian Basin in West Texas, and Cimarex Energy Co. will have expanded opportunities in a key Texas county under a joint agreement.
Wyoming Landowner Group Seeks E&P Rule Revisions
A landowner coalition, the Powder River Basin Resource Council, has petitioned Wyoming energy officials to revise rules pertaining to oil and natural gas development.
Williams ‘Marcellus/Utica or Bust’ Strategy Pressuring Pipeline Unit
Energy infrastructure giant Williams, whose pipeline partnership holds a bundle of huge natural gas and liquids operations in the Northeast, expects to see “full ethane rejection” through 2015, which will lead to “near-term headwinds” for the unit, CEO Alan Armstrong said Wednesday.
Cabot Production Up, Considering Sixth Marcellus Rig in Fall
A surprise increase in natural gas prices could allow Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. to deploy a sixth drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale by the fall, helping the company accelerate its plans for pad drilling and move more primary term acreage into production.
BLM’s Fracking Rule Found Costly to Producers, States
Complying with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposed hydraulic fracturing (fracking) rulemaking for drilling on public lands would cost as much as $180,250/well, or $370 million annually, according to economists with Oklahoma City University (OCU).
DJ Basin Independent Hitting on All Wells, Forms JV
During its second fiscal quarter, which ended Feb. 28, Platteville, CO-based independent Synergy Resources Corp. continued its 100% success rate in the Wattenberg Field in the Denver-Julesberg (DJ) Basin. Synergy recently struck a joint venture (JV) agreement in the DJ Basin as well.
Cabot, Southwestern Thrive in Marcellus
Dry gas producers have been a victim of their own success, but they’re still making their way in a glutted market. The Marcellus Shale is throwing off decent returns and plenty of gas.
Marcellus Is Still Golden Child Among Cabot’s Plays
Despite a year of languishing natural gas prices, Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. annual revenues for the first time surpassed $1 billion in 2012. Cash flow set records as proved reserves grew by 27% to 3.8 Tcf on organic growth that replaced 417% of record production. The Marcellus Shale gave much despite infrastructure challenges.