Permian Basin

Natural Gas Rig Count Unchanged as Oil Activity Surges

Natural Gas Rig Count Unchanged as Oil Activity Surges

The U.S. natural gas rig count held steady at 104 during the week ended Friday (July 23), while a ramp-up in oil drilling drove the combined domestic tally seven units higher to 491, according to the latest data from oilfield services provider Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). All seven rigs added domestically for the week went…

July 23, 2021
Permian Leads Surge in Land Activity as U.S. Rig Count Rises to 491

Permian Leads Surge in Land Activity as U.S. Rig Count Rises to 491

A ramp-up in oil drilling, especially in the Permian Basin, sent the U.S. rig count surging seven units higher to 491 for the week ended Friday (July 23), the latest numbers from oilfield services provider Baker Hughes Co. (BKR) show. All of the net gains domestically for the week occurred in the oil patch, with…

July 23, 2021
Pinnacle Midstream Moving Ahead with Permian Natural Gas Processing Plant

Pinnacle Midstream Moving Ahead with Permian Natural Gas Processing Plant

Pinnacle Midstream II LLC on Wednesday sanctioned a 200 MMcf/d natural gas processing facility in the Permian Basin of West Texas. The company said it would move ahead with the plant as part of the second phase of its Dos Picos natural gas gathering system that came online in the first quarter of this year…

July 23, 2021
Lower 48 E&Ps in Turf War as Efficiencies, Low Costs Rule

Lower 48 E&Ps in Turf War as Efficiencies, Low Costs Rule

The battle to become a top oil and natural gas producer is no longer being waged by Jett Rink-like roustabouts toiling in the sun off of caliche roads in West Texas, but rather by algorithm experts sitting in darkened, air-conditioned offices in Houston. Exploration and production (E&P) companies looking for the edge to elevate their…

July 19, 2021
Liberty Readies Electric Fracture Pump for Commercialization Following Permian Tests

Liberty Readies Electric Fracture Pump for Commercialization Following Permian Tests

Field testing in the Permian Basin has been completed on a next-generation electric fracture pump that emits less carbon, Denver-based Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. said. The digiFrac electric pump is a purpose-built fully integrated electric fracture pump, the company said. Final field testing was completed on a three-well pad in West Texas that has 24-hour…

July 16, 2021
Oil, Natural Gas Rig Tallies Rise as Baker’s U.S. Count Climbs to 484

Oil, Natural Gas Rig Tallies Rise as Baker’s U.S. Count Climbs to 484

Amid a ramp-up in both oil- and natural gas-directed drilling, the United States added five rigs to raise its tally to 484 during the week ended Friday (July 16), according to the latest count from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). Three natural gas-directed rigs and two oil-directed rigs were added domestically during the week. The U.S.…

July 16, 2021
Plains All American, Oryx Tie-Up Designed to Boost Permian Connectivity, Reliability

Plains All American, Oryx Tie-Up Designed to Boost Permian Connectivity, Reliability

Focused on enhancing interconnectivity and efficiency, Permian Basin operators Plains All American Pipeline LP and Oryx Midstream Holdings LLC have agreed to merge in a transaction that would bring together 5,500 miles of oil and liquids pipeline systems. The joint venture (JV) would include all of Oryx’s Permian assets. With the exception of a Plains…

July 14, 2021
Domestic Oil, Gas Permitting Sputters in June, but Sharply Higher from Pandemic-Ridden 2020

Domestic Oil, Gas Permitting Sputters in June, but Sharply Higher from Pandemic-Ridden 2020

U.S. oil and gas drilling permitting has risen sharply from a year ago, but the gains are uneven, with the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) and Powder River basins drying up, while Haynesville Shale activity has increased, according to data compiled by Evercore ISI. The domestic permit count climbed by 32% in June from a year earlier, and…

July 13, 2021
EIA Predicts Rising Natural Gas Production on Strength of Permian, Haynesville Growth

EIA Predicts Rising Natural Gas Production on Strength of Permian, Haynesville Growth

The Permian Basin and Haynesville Shale are expected to spur an overall increase in natural gas production among seven key U.S. producing regions in August, according to updated projections from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The agency said in its latest Drilling Productivity Report, released Monday, that it expects natural gas output from seven key…

July 12, 2021
Ranger Further Expands Wireline Footprint with PerfX Acquisition

Ranger Further Expands Wireline Footprint with PerfX Acquisition

Ranger Energy Services Inc. has further boosted its wireline presence in the Lower 48 following the acquisition of PerfX Wireline Services, its second takeover since May.  The Houston-based oilfield services company said last week it had acquired Minot, ND-based  PerfX in an all-stock deal. The deal follows the acquisition of Patriot Completions Solutions LLC in…

July 12, 2021
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