Permian Basin

Permian Posts Double-Digit Rig Increase, Spurring U.S. Count Higher

Permian Posts Double-Digit Rig Increase, Spurring U.S. Count Higher

A surge in oil-directed drilling led by the Permian Basin sent the U.S. rig count 13 units higher to 373 for the week ending Friday (Jan. 15), according to data published by Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). The latest BKR numbers, which are based on data provided in part by Enverus, showed an increase of 12…

January 15, 2021
ExxonMobil Decries ‘Demonstrably False’ Report Regarding Permian Valuation

ExxonMobil Decries ‘Demonstrably False’ Report Regarding Permian Valuation

ExxonMobil on Friday fired back in response to a report that it was under federal investigation for overvaluing its Permian Basin assets. According to a story published on Friday by The Wall Street Journal, the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating ExxonMobil following a whistleblower complaint filed last fall. The complaint, said the newspaper, claims…

January 15, 2021
Permian-Fueled Revenue Lifts Texas Oil, Natural Gas Royalties Near $14B

Permian-Fueled Revenue Lifts Texas Oil, Natural Gas Royalties Near $14B

Lifted by revenue pulled from the Permian Basin in West Texas, the state’s oil and natural gas industry paid $13.9 billion in taxes and royalties in fiscal 2020, or around $38 million/day,  according to a top industry group. Data compiled by the Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA) indicated state energy industry taxes and royalties…

January 14, 2021
Summit’s Permian Natural Gas Conduit Gets FERC OK to Start Construction

Summit’s Permian Natural Gas Conduit Gets FERC OK to Start Construction

Federal regulators have approved the start of construction on all but a small portion of Summit Midstream Partners LP’s 135-mile Double E natural gas pipeline that would connect Permian Basin supplies to the Gulf Coast. Summit CEO Heath Deneke touted the “efficiency with which this project has achieved its key milestones” and confirmed the pipeline’s…

January 14, 2021
Double E’s 1.35 Bcf/d Natural Gas Project from Permian to Gulf Coast OK’d for Construction

Double E’s 1.35 Bcf/d Natural Gas Project from Permian to Gulf Coast OK’d for Construction

Federal regulators have approved the start of construction on all but a small portion of Summit Midstream Partners LP’s 135-mile Double E natural gas pipeline that would connect Permian Basin supplies to the Gulf Coast. Summit CEO Heath Deneke touted the “efficiency with which this project has achieved its key milestones” and confirmed the pipeline’s…

January 13, 2021
U.S. Midstreamers Eyeing Potential Gains in Permian, Beyond, but Need Oil Prices to Cooperate

U.S. Midstreamers Eyeing Potential Gains in Permian, Beyond, but Need Oil Prices to Cooperate

The U.S. economy’s reopening amid the Covid-19 pandemic jump-started the oil and natural gas midstream recovery in the second half of 2020. But, the recent rise in oil prices could spur renewed activity in a handful of basins, benefiting some operators in the year ahead. A Raymond James & Associates Inc. team, led by analysts…

January 12, 2021
Low Natural Gas, Oil Prices Break Two-Year Uptrend for Proved U.S. Reserves, Says EIA

Low Natural Gas, Oil Prices Break Two-Year Uptrend for Proved U.S. Reserves, Says EIA

A two-year trend of rising proved reserves of natural gas and oil in the United States ground to a halt amid a decline in prices in 2019, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Natural gas proved reserves decreased 1.9% year/year in 2019 to 494.9 Tcf from 504.5 Tcf. This is the first annual decrease…

January 11, 2021
Forecasts Shift Warmer Over Weekend as Natural Gas Futures Slide

Forecasts Shift Warmer Over Weekend as Natural Gas Futures Slide

Warming trends from forecasts over the weekend, albeit with hints of potential colder temperatures for key U.S. regions later this month, pressured natural gas futures lower in early trading Monday. The February Nymex contract was down 3.8 cents to $2.662/MMBtu at around 8:45 a.m. ET. After previously offering different outlooks on the upcoming pattern, the…

January 11, 2021
U.S. Adds One Natural Gas Rig as Drilling Total Surges on Oil Gains

U.S. Adds One Natural Gas Rig as Drilling Total Surges on Oil Gains

The U.S. natural gas rig count rose one unit to 84 for the period ending Friday (Jan. 8), while gains in the oil patch saw the overall domestic drilling tally surge higher, according to the latest weekly numbers published Friday by oilfield services provider Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). In the United States, drillers added eight…

January 8, 2021
U.S. E&P Dealmaking Escalates to End 2020, with Permian Capturing Most Value

U.S. E&P Dealmaking Escalates to End 2020, with Permian Capturing Most Value

After a relatively solid run, U.S. natural gas dealmaking in 2020 slumped sharply, as oil deals, nearly all revolving around the Permian Basin, took off, according to Enverus. The consultancy reported the findings in its summary of top domestic upstream mergers and acquisitions (M&A) by exploration and production (E&P) companies for the fourth quarter and…

January 8, 2021
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