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Natural Gas Drilling Steady in U.S. as Texas Leads Surge in Oil Patch

Natural Gas Drilling Steady in U.S. as Texas Leads Surge in Oil Patch

The U.S. natural gas rig count climbed one unit to 150 for the week ended Friday (May 20), while Texas led a surge in oil drilling that lifted the combined U.S. tally 14 units higher to 728, according to the latest figures from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). Alongside the one natural gas-directed rig, 13 oil-directed…

May 20, 2022
Permian Pure-Play Laredo Sees Diesel, Chemical Costs as Wildcards

Permian Pure-Play Laredo Sees Diesel, Chemical Costs as Wildcards

Laredo Petroleum Inc. has locked in pricing for most of its oilfield services operations through the rest of this year to counter inflation, but costs for the diesel fuel and chemicals needed to sustain them remain harder to predict. “We worked with our service partners to lock in 85% of expected drilling, completions, equipment and…

May 20, 2022
Big Surge in Texas Drilling Leads U.S. Upstream Oil and Gas Activity Higher

Big Surge in Texas Drilling Leads U.S. Upstream Oil and Gas Activity Higher

A big surge in oil-directed drilling, headlined by gains in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale, helped lift the U.S. rig count 14 units higher to 728 during the week ended Friday (May 20), according to the latest figures published by Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). Thirteen oil-directed rigs were added in the United States…

May 20, 2022
ExxonMobil Says Adios to Barnett in $750M Deal with Denver’s BKV

ExxonMobil Says Adios to Barnett in $750M Deal with Denver’s BKV

ExxonMobil on Thursday said goodbye to the Barnett Shale in North Texas after securing $750 million from Denver-based BKV Corp. for the natural gas-rich portfolio in North Texas. The transaction, set to be completed by the end of June, would require additional payments to ExxonMobil contingent on future natural gas prices. The deal includes 160,000…

May 20, 2022
Lower 48 Output on the Upswing as Natural Gas to Grow in June, EIA Projects

Lower 48 Output on the Upswing as Natural Gas to Grow in June, EIA Projects

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) is modeling sizable natural gas production increases from several major plays next month, including the Appalachian Basin and the Haynesville Shale. Total natural gas production from seven key onshore regions is set to climb 750 MMcf/d from May to June, reaching 91.750 Bcf/d, the agency said in its latest Drilling…

May 19, 2022
U.S. OFS Jobs Jump by 8,600-Plus in April from March

U.S. OFS Jobs Jump by 8,600-Plus in April from March

U.S. oilfield services (OFS) and equipment sector employment reached an estimated 622,309 jobs in April, its highest level since September, the Energy Workforce & Technology Council reported in early May. “Oil and gas demand has continued to increase, and global demand will continue to rise as more countries cut off imports of Russian energy resources,”…

May 19, 2022
North Dakota Oil, Natural Gas Activity at Two-Year High Despite Labor Shortage

North Dakota Oil, Natural Gas Activity at Two-Year High Despite Labor Shortage

North Dakota’s tally of active oil and natural gas drilling rigs and hydraulic fracturing (frack) crews has risen to levels not seen since the start of the pandemic, the state’s top oil and gas regulator said Friday. The rig count stood at 40 as of Friday, the highest since March 2020, North Dakota Department of…

May 19, 2022
Ballyhooed U.S. Deepwater Oil, Gas Prospect Set to Sail, Say Chevron, TotalEnergies

Ballyhooed U.S. Deepwater Oil, Gas Prospect Set to Sail, Say Chevron, TotalEnergies

The Ballymore oil and natural gas project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM), which would be developed using a three-mile subsea tieback to reduce costs, has gotten a thumb’s up to proceed.  The Mississippi Canyon prospect, with design capacity of 75,000 b/d of crude oil, would be tied back to the Chevron-operated Blind Faith…

May 19, 2022
Centennial Eyeing 10-15% Permian Oil, Gas Production Growth in 2022

Centennial Eyeing 10-15% Permian Oil, Gas Production Growth in 2022

Denver-based Centennial Resource Development Inc., whose operations are focused on the Permian Basin, is sticking to its guidance of upping production by 10-15% this year. In an earnings call, CEO Sean Smith said the company was holding to its current two-rig program. “Should we want to add a third rig in the future because prices…

May 18, 2022
Domestic Oil Production, Demand Climb in Tandem as Summer Travel Nears

Domestic Oil Production, Demand Climb in Tandem as Summer Travel Nears

U.S. producers boosted output back up to the 2022 peak, but domestic demand also accelerated last week and is expected to continue climbing as Americans increase travel during the summer months. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said Wednesday production for the period ended May 13 totaled 11.9 million b/d, up by 100,000 b/d from…

May 18, 2022
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