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Improved Outlook Seen for Oil, Gas Borrowing and Pricing in Latest Biannual Survey

Improved Outlook Seen for Oil, Gas Borrowing and Pricing in Latest Biannual Survey

Executives expressed a more optimistic outlook on capital availability and commodity pricing for the oil and gas sector in the latest editions of two surveys conducted by Haynes and Boone LLP. Most respondents to the law firm’s spring 2021 Borrowing Base Redeterminations Survey forecast that borrowing bases will rise by 0-10% this spring versus fall…

April 9, 2021
U.S. Oil, Gas M&A Activity Sinks in 1Q2021, but Signs of Momentum Ahead, Enverus Says

U.S. Oil, Gas M&A Activity Sinks in 1Q2021, but Signs of Momentum Ahead, Enverus Says

Consolidation in the U.S. upstream sector slowed to a relative crawl in the first quarter after rallying late in 2020. But there have been signs of increased activity in April and potential catalysts for more deals as the year wears on, according to an Enverus analysis. The oil and gas analytics company’s summary of 1Q2021…

April 9, 2021
U.S. Adds Two Rigs Overall Amid Land Gains, Offshore Declines

U.S. Adds Two Rigs Overall Amid Land Gains, Offshore Declines

With gains on land offsetting a pullback in Gulf of Mexico activity, the U.S. rig count added two units to finish the week ended Friday (April 9) at 432, according to the latest figures published by oilfield services provider Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). Two natural gas-directed rigs were added during the week in the United…

April 9, 2021
Bonanza Creek Moderating DJ Well Completions to Optimize HighPoint Takeover

Bonanza Creek Moderating DJ Well Completions to Optimize HighPoint Takeover

With its takeover of fellow Colorado pure-play HighPoint Resources Corp. now complete, Bonanza Creek Energy Inc. is looking to optimize the combined well completions and midstream gathering needs, according to CEO Eric Greager. Bonanza Creek completed its merger with HighPoint on April 1. The closing allows the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin operator to revamp the overall…

April 9, 2021
Enerplus Continuing to Build Bakken Stronghold with Hess Purchase

Enerplus Continuing to Build Bakken Stronghold with Hess Purchase

Hess Corp. is selling off some of its Bakken Shale acreage in North Dakota to Calgary-based Enerplus Corp. for $312 million. The deal, set to be completed in May, includes the Little Knife and Murphy Creek acreage. The Hess assets are spread across 78,700 acres in the southernmost portion of its Bakken position. Total net…

April 8, 2021
Subdued Production Should Support Oil, Natural Gas Prices in 2021, Moody’s Says

Subdued Production Should Support Oil, Natural Gas Prices in 2021, Moody’s Says

Though global oil supply is beginning to climb, it is rising gradually off of depressed levels and is not expected to exceed the anticipated demand recovery this year. The supply/demand balance should support crude prices near their current levels through 2021, though fluctuations are all but certain, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report this…

April 8, 2021
Foothills Exploration Views Natural Gas as ‘Integral,’ but Energy Transition Projects Also Key

Foothills Exploration Views Natural Gas as ‘Integral,’ but Energy Transition Projects Also Key

California-based oil and gas explorer Foothills Exploration Inc. is forming New Energy Ventures LLC to participate in the transitioning energy sector.  The main focus of the new subsidiary is on alternative power generation and oilfield applications. According to Foothills, New Energy Ventures plans to partner with management teams to develop sustainable and low-carbon technologies. The…

April 8, 2021
Enbridge CEO Confident of Line 3 Completion in Minnesota by Year’s End

Enbridge CEO Confident of Line 3 Completion in Minnesota by Year’s End

Enbridge Inc. still expects to complete and begin service by the end of the year on the contested $2.6 billion leg of the Canadian oil export pipeline now under construction across 240 miles in Minnesota, CEO Al Monaco said Wednesday. “Work is on schedule” for Enbridge Line 3, Monaco said at a Scotiabank CAPP Energy…

April 8, 2021
Phillips 66 Cancels Liberty Pipe, Reports 1Q Impacts from Texas Freeze

Phillips 66 Cancels Liberty Pipe, Reports 1Q Impacts from Texas Freeze

The 350,000 b/d Liberty Pipeline proposal, which would have moved oil from the Rockies and Bakken Shale to the Cushing Hub in Oklahoma, has been canceled by sponsor Phillips 66 Partners LP. The 24-inch diameter system from Guernsey, WY, was deferred last year as Covid-19 knocked out energy demand. The cancellation was noted in preliminary…

April 7, 2021
Crude Inventories Decline Even as Overall Demand Sputters, EIA Says

Crude Inventories Decline Even as Overall Demand Sputters, EIA Says

U.S. oil inventories shrunk for a second consecutive week despite a demand drop amid a gradual recovery in economic activity and mixed coronavirus vaccine rollouts. In its Weekly Petroleum Status Report (WPSR), the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said Wednesday crude inventories for the week ended April 2 — excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum…

April 7, 2021
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