Permian drilling activity boosts diesel demand | US oil drillers move to hedge 2019 production | Rex Energy seeks bankruptcy protection
May 24, 2018
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US shale production to grow more slowly than expected, oil veteran says
US shale production growth will likely disappoint in the future and climb at a slower-than-expected rate, said Mark Papa, former CEO of EOG Resources and current chairman and CEO of Centennial Resource Development. The weaker performance may be due to a lack of Tier 1 acreage, as Papa estimates that 70% of the better drilling locations in the Eagle Ford Shale and Bakken Shale have already been drilled.
S&P Global Platts (5/22) 
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Permian drilling activity boosts diesel demand
The Permian Basin's infrastructure bottlenecks and surging production levels are contributing to a jump in demand for diesel, which fuels the drilling rigs as wells as the trucks increasingly used to haul crude to refineries, pipelines and storage tanks. The rise in diesel demand in West Texas and New Mexico has prompted some midstream companies, including Magellan Midstream Partners and Holly Energy Partners, to consider projects to increase refined products capacity in the region.
S&P Global Platts (5/23) 
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US oil drillers move to hedge 2019 production
US oil producers are stepping up hedging activity, with 16% of 2019 oil production now hedged at $60 per barrel, an increase from 9% of 2019 output hedged at the end of the fourth quarter, according to Goldman Sachs. "We believe producers may continue to tactically add oil hedges at current futures to mitigate oil price volatility in 2019, which could support greater capex," the bank said.
Reuters (5/22) 
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Rex Energy seeks bankruptcy protection
Appalachia shale producer Rex Energy has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after a strategic review and talks with lenders and advisers determined this would be the best course of action. As a result, the company will sell all of its remaining assets, which consisted of 98,000 net acres in the Appalachian Basin as of January.
Oil and Gas Investor (free content) (5/18) 
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Energen under pressure to explore strategic options
Activist investors Carl Icahn and Corvex Management have joined forces in a campaign to push Permian Basin pure-play Energen to seek a buyer and expressed interest in actually acquiring the company. Icahn says the company's stock is undervalued and could be worth over $100 per share, up from about $70 per share currently.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/21) 
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Spotlight on Policy
Texas energy group wants steel tariff exemptions, no import quotas
The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers is calling on the Trump administration to grant steel tariff exemptions to several countries and get rid of import quotas. "The imposition of quotas will very likely raise the cost of oilfield steel products to American domestic producers to a much greater extent than tariffs," said TAEP President and Chief of Staff John Tintera.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (5/21) 
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Colo. city leaders pass $3M deal to put end to oil, gas drilling
The Longmont, Colo., City Council on Tuesday voted 6-1 in favor of a plan to pay $3 million to oil and natural gas companies TOP Operating and Cub Creek Energy in a move that would put an end to surface drilling within the city and on city-owned properties.
The Longmont Times-Call (Colo.) (5/23) 
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Economic Impact
US was world's top producer of petroleum, gas hydrocarbons in 2017
US was world's top producer of petroleum, gas hydrocarbons in 2017
(David Hecker/Getty Images)
The US maintained the title of the world's No. 1 producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2017, as production levels soared to new records, according to the Energy Information Administration. US petroleum production grew by 745,000 barrels per day last year as oil prices rallied to about $65 per barrel, while dry natural gas production was up by 5.7 billion cubic feet per day in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with the first quarter.
U.S. Energy Information Administration (5/21) 
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API launches 18LCM registration program for product life cycle management systems
Industry service organizations now have a certification that provides their customers the benefit of knowing that the life cycle of products used in the field has been managed according to the API Standard 18LCM, Product Life Cycle Management System Requirements for the Petroleum and Natural Gas Industries. Get a quote for your organization.
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