Monday, July 15, 2019

DUCs In The Permian Continue To Build -- July 15, 2019

Someone else (Z4 Research, in this case) is following the number of DUCs also. From earlier this afternoon (July 15, 2019):
Permian growth is expected to be 34,000 bopd above July (last month July was to be up 55,000). Meanwhile Permian DUCs continued to build through June (latest data) at about the same rate they have been (up 42 this month) while overall oil shale play DUCs fell 41 in June.
Tag: DUCs.

Bakken DUCs are tracked here. The May, 2019, will be released tomorrow.

Let Me Go My Merry Way, Charlie Rich

It's hard to believe this song was actually written by Charlie Rich -- it sounds like a much older song, a folk song from the Deep South, from a different era. Or perhaps taken from an old spiritual. I don't know. But it sounds eerily familiar.

Agriculture -- Part 5, July 15, 2019

Wow, wow, wow, earlier today I posted this:
Look at this, DE: trading near its 52-week high, is up over 1% in early morning trading

Which reminds me, the China-US tariff tiff --

  • when did you last see an article on how expensive stuff is getting because of the China-US tariff war; you haven't; because it hasn't happened; 
  • generally speaking Deere's prospects can be directly correlated with how farmers are doing, or how analysts think farmers will do 
    • April 15, 2019:  170
    • May 13 2019: 135
    • July 15, 2019: 167
  • behind the scenes, my hunch is that Trump-Xi are making a lot of US agricultural deals
  • corn prices are going to come in really high later this year
  • if I recall correctly, Trump administration blinked on biofuel quotas (but don't quote me on that)
  • and, headline over at Yahoo!Finance: China's economy grows at slowest pace since 1990s (this could spur China to get serious about negotiating with Trump
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So, this morning I write this long note about Deere. Now tonight I notice that Tractor Supply Company (TSCO) is up over 3% in overnight futures. Checking a bit deeper it turns out that Tractor Supply came very close to hitting a 52-week high today, an intra-day high of $113.14, vs a 52-week high of $113.54. And now tonight, trading 3% higher, trading at $115.00. Very, very interesting. First Deere, then Tractor Supply. Dare we look at any others? Not tonight.

Notes From All Over -- Part 4, July 15, 2019

ICYMI: the NDIC Director's Cut (May, 2019, production data) was delayed; it is now scheduled to be released tomorrow. The Bakken Expo in Bismarck opens tomorrow, I believe. My hunch is that officials may want to use the most recent production data in their remarks. Look for at least one production record to have been broken in May, 2019. Wow, I love to blog about the Bakken.

The Bakken Expo: after opening remarks by the event organizers, Governor Brent Sanford of North Dakota will speak for 30 minutes. 

Disclaimer: I am inappropriately exuberant about the Bakken. 

NDIC:I've often said North Dakota / NDIC seems to be the most transparent regulator in the country. Regardless of what you think about California politics and its policies regarding Big Oil, the actual "transparency" of its regulatory commission is incredibly bad -- or the governor is incredibly inept.

The Desert Sun (USA Today network) reported that fracking permits in California have doubled  since the new governor entered office and he was completely unaware of that. With everything on his plate, I wouldn't expect the governor himself to track oil permits but certainly he would have a staffer that would check in on that at least once a month. Good grief. So, either it's extremely difficult to track oil and gas permits in California or the governor is incredibly inept. Whatever. This note has little to do with California and everything to do with appreciating how transparent and the NDIC is and how user-friendly its sites are.

CO2: China greenhouse gas emissions soared 50% from 2005 - 2014, inclusive. But Germany is doing its part to combat that by going coal-free.

Boeing: there was another article out today about Boeing / MAX 737 -- things not looking good and the extent to which Boeing is holding back the Dow. Having said that, all three indices apparently set new records today. Making America great.

They're reading the blog: earlier today, in a minor note, I noted that no one has talked higher consumer prices due to Trump tariffs on Chinese goods. There was lots of talk about that happening but to date there have been few examples. Well, today, over at Yahoo!Finance, they have story pushed by the AAFA CEO that Amerians will see higher prices this fall when they shop for back-to-school clothes. We'll see. If states are worried about possible high cost of clothing this fall due to tariffs, the states could declare tax-free "back-to-school" shopping for a few weekends. Texas does that every autumn: offsets any price increases and gets folks out to the malls. As for seeing increased prices due to tariffs, I doubt it. Trump/Xi agreed to suspend any new tariffs while negotiations continue.

USAA - Schwab: Schwab in talks to buy USAA's wealth management division for $2 billion. We just talked about this the other day. USAA has roughly $100 billion in wealth management assets. If Schwab pulls this off, this is a huge story. Schwab already has more than $3.5 trillion in client assets. To put that in context, Merrill Edge was reported to have a paltry $200 billion under management back in the fall of 2018. Schwab acquiring USAA wealth management division would be in the same ballpark as acquiring Merrill Lynch.

MRO With Three New Permits In The Very Prolific Bailey Oil Field -- July 15, 2019

Active rigs:

Active Rigs5867582973

Three new permits (#36735 - #36737, inclusive):
  • Operator: MRO
  • Field: Bailey (Dunn County)
  • Comments: MRO has permits for a 3-well Ritter/Emil/Kloster pad in section 12=146-94, Bailey oil field; as active as the Bailey oil field is, this section only has three horizontals running through it, including a section (line) well:
    • #33535, 6.204, MRO, Arkin 44-12TFH, Bailey, 4 sections, t1/18; cum 330K 5/19; see production profile below, pay particular attention to first 21 days of production;
    • #16993, 125, MRO, Buehner 44-12, Bailey, t10/08; cum 226K 5/19; came off line in 5/19; was taken off line when #33535 was fracked; had significant jump in production when it was brought back on line 5/18; see production profile below;
    • 16654, 311, MRO, Buehner 34-12H, Bailey, t8/07; cum 191K 5/19; lousy production since 2018; off line first four months of 2019; back on line for 9 days in 5/19;
Twelve permits renewed
  • Crescent Point Energy (4): four CPEUSC Jean permits, all in Williams County
  • Enerplus (2): a Huntsman permit and a Blackwidow permit, both in Dunn County
  • BR (2): two Remington permits, both in McKenzie County
  • Texakota: a Hemsing permit in Williams County
  • CLR: a Juneau permit in Williams County
  • Liberty Resources: a Herseth permit in Burke County
  • EOG: a Burke permit in Mountrail County

#16993, selected production when neighboring well was fracked/tested 1/18:

PoolDateDaysBBLS OilRunsBBLS WaterMCF ProdMCF SoldVent/Flare

Headline Not Particularly Helpful -- July 15, 2019

The Bismarck Tribune has a headline today: "Williams County pipeline leak spills into Missouri River tributary." Two things the headline conveniently left out:
  • it was a "produced water" pipeline, not an oil pipeline (but yes, produced water probably has some oil in it)
  • the name of the tributary (all we got was "about 20 miles east of Williston; in this day and age, someone would have the exact GPS coordinates)
It appears the leak occurred "on/in" the ground and then an unknown amount of the produced water made its way to a tributary of the Missouri River; this is much different than a pipeline transiting (above, below, or through a waterway).

I'm glad these stories still make headlines: it tells me such spills are incredibly rare, to still get a headline above the fold on the front page.

This particular pipeline was owned by a midstream company involved in wastewater disposal; it was reported the same day it happened; and, regulators are already in place to observe the clean-up and mitigation.

My hunch: it will be a non-story by tomorrow, and we will be fortunate to get some type of follow-up through the Tribune

May, 2019, Production Data -- Director's Cut

Director's cut, May, 2019, data, is scheduled to be released later tomorrow, Tuesday. The schedule changed; see first comment.
Crude oil production:
May, 2019 (preliminary):
April, 2019 (final):
January, 2019, all-time high: 1,403,808 bopd

Delta, crude oil:
May, 2019 (preliminary):
April, 2019 (final):
delta, month-over-month, bbls:
delta, month-over-month, percent:

Natural gas production:
May, 2019 (preliminary):
April, 2019 (final):

April, 2019 (final), likely an all-time high:
May, 2019 (preliminary):

Producing wells:
  • May, 2019:
  • April, 2019: 15,490 (preliminary, new all-time high)
  • March, 2019: 15,353 -- well below the all-time high of 15,409 in January, 2019
  • February, 2019: 15,154
  • January, 2019: 15,409
  • June:
  • May; 140
  • April: 129
  • March: 133 
  • February: 109

Chinese Crude Oil Refining Hits An All-Time Record -- July 15, 2019

See this note, about coal. And the graphic at this note, world electricity generation by fuel.

Now this, from Reuters: China -- June, 2019 -- crude oil throughput rises to record on new plants.
  • year-over-year, up almost 8%;
  • China's crude oil throughput at a record high last month (June, 2019); and, 
  • it's being reported day in and day out that the Chinese economy is slowing. Okay.
[To compare, US data at this EIA site:
  • it looks like the US might have hit an all-time high of 17.981 million b/d one year ago, August, 2018
  • most recent data: first week, July, 2019: 17.438 million b/d]
But let's see if you can guess most recent crude processing volumes for China as reported in that linked Reuters story:
  • 3 million b/d
  • 13 million b/d
  • 23 million b/d
  • 35 million b/d
Whatever the number is/was, the rates:
  • were supported by the start-up of two major new refineries
  • both at 400,000-bpd
I don't know about others, but an increase in crude oil refining by almost 8% year-over-year for an economy like China is not trivial.

By the way, China's crude oil imports increased by 15% year-over-year, also .

China: helping make America great. 

Stop These Things -- UK -- July 15, 2019

From "Stop These Things":
The cost of Britain’s ‘green’ energy policies is staggering: power prices have surged and the worst is yet to come.
Notwithstanding efforts from those in on the greatest scam of all time, the facts can’t be concealed: Britain’s heavily subsidised and chaotically intermittent wind power fleet is responsible for power prices increasing at double-digit rates, as John Constable notes at the link above.
Old story? Hardly. Dated January 16, 2019 -- earlier this year.

Scotland hits wind record.

Huge Thanks To Z4 For The Alert; Merger In The Permian -- July 15, 2019

From Rigzone, July 15, 2019, another Permian merger:
  • Callon Petroleum to acquire Carrizo Oil & Gas
  • all-stock transaction
  • $3.2 billion
  • 200,000 net acres in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford shale
  • more than 90,000 net acres in the Delaware Basin
  • 2,500 total gross horizontal locations
Net acres valued at $16,000/acre (of course, this includes current production).

From the archives, JAG:
  • 75,000 net acres
  • x $16,000/acre = $1.2 billion
  • JAG's market cap today: $1.826 billion
  • or, $1.83 billion / 75,000 = $24,000/net acre
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NOG (link here):
  • 170,000 net acres (?)
  • market cap today: $735 million 
  • $4,000 / net acre

Notes From All Over -- Part 3, July 15, 2019 -- Williston Airport, Halliburton, Rig Counts

Rig counts: the Permian led the US in rig count decline last week. Link here for those interested.
  • almost a 1,000 active rigs in the US
  • about 500 rigs in Texas
  • 60 rigs in North Dakota: #2 producer in the US with 6% of all active rigs in the US
  • about 30 rigs in McKenzie County, the #1 producing county in the US; about 3% of all rigs in the US
  • doing more with less
EIA dashboards:
Enplanements, Williston airport
Wow, this is amazing. I did not see this coming --
  • Halliburton celebrated its 100th anniversary
  • but get this: Halliburton opened its new home in the old Baker Hughes facility -- HalWest
  • Halliburton built a "much larger cement plant" at HalWest
  • from the Halliburton website:
Cement: In 1922, Halliburton quickly became the leading authority on cementing with the patented jet mixer, and its book of cementing tables remains the industry standard today. Over the past century, Halliburton has continued to pioneer cementing innovations, from equipment to slurry design to 3D modeling and predictive analysis. Today, Halliburton has more than one hundred cement labs around the world, providing fast and local tailoring to customer needs. And even as Halliburton has added other capabilities to its portfolio, cementing remains at the heart of its operations.
    Hydraulic fracking: Although Erle P. Halliburton started his company with a revolutionary cementing process, it was the foray into hydraulic fracturing that transformed his company into a global oilfield services leader. In 1949, Halliburton performed its first commercial hydraulic fracturing job on an oil well 12 miles east of Duncan, Oklahoma. Today, the Halliburton Production Enhancement product service line has the biggest global presence among the Company’s fourteen product service lines. In 2012, Halliburton introduced Frac of the Future, a new approach to fracturing that, in addition to providing improved productivity and efficiency for operators, addressed health, safety, and environmental concerns. Utilizing advances in pumping design, sand delivery, and pump monitoring, Halliburton sought to reduce each job’s footprint, emissions, and risks to personal safety and the environment.