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“Nobody had any idea how much methane was being leaked in the Barnett area,” said Robert Talbot, an University of Houston atmospheric chemistry professor who authored the paper.
The U.S. oil price’s recent fall to around $52 a barrel will rule out the possibility that oil companies will send 100 to 150 drilling rigs to U.S. oil fields this year – a bullish market expectation born out of two months of stable $60 oil, which ended late last week.
America’s tight-oil production is set to peak in 2020, based on U.S. forecasts, but a technique known as refracking could keep output booming for longer by increasing the yield from old wells.
SandRidge, the Oklahoma City-based producer, had about 90 percent of its oil and natural gas liquids output hedged in early 2015, according to a regulatory filing. Next year, the hedges cover less than a third.
Outside of North America, Argentina and China are the only two nations that are producing commercial quantities of natural gas trapped in deep-seated shale formations, and they both have the capacity to grow their output substantially, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a report Friday.
Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s biggest member, is ready to produce more oil if demand rises, Oil Minister Ali-Al Naimi said June 18. It has 1.5 million to 2 million barrels a day of spare capacity, he said.
Kinder Morgan is seeking Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build the $8 billion LNG export project near Pascagoula, Mississippi. The applicants are seeking FERC approval no later than June 17, 2016.
The problem for shale drillers is that they’ve consistently spent money faster than they’ve made it, even when oil was $100 a barrel.
Energen’s public offering of 5.7 million shares makes it the 30th North American oil company to raise funds from the public equity markets in 2015, bringing the oil-exploration sector’s take to about $13.7 billion so far this year.
Today’s efficiency gains, especially those driven by 20 to 30 percent discounts off the cost of oil field tools and services, could be short lived if drilling rigs ride high again after the end of the downturn, which will come sooner or later.