Wednesday, February 12, 2020

No New Permits -- February 12, 2020

Active rigs;

Active Rigs5663583641

No new permits.

No permits canceled.

No permits renewed.

No producing wells (DUCs) reported as completed.

No runs, no hits, no errors.

Texas Sports

I really wish the rest of the country could see how seriously Texans take their sports. I assume there are similar niches / venues around the country, but it's everywhere in Texas. Tonight, due to rain, soccer practice was indoors. It was about a 30-minute drive to Real Soccer Center. Something like a dozen indoor fields. When I went to pick up Olivia, I was absolutely amazed by all the teenagers playing soccer ... and taking it very, very seriously.

Olivia talked about all the sports at her school. Everyone is required to be in a sports activity throughout the year. Of course there are the standards: football, basketball, and track and field. But there's also wrestling, tennis, golf, softball, volleyball, baseball, and swimming. And dance.

I didn't ask if there was a bowling team. Something for everyone. There were even three students who didn't really care for traditional sports but really, really loved fishing. They started their own "fishing" athletic club and the school signed off on it. So, there you have it.  Three "non-athletic" students really, really enjoying their sport: sport fishing. Only in Texas.

And, yes, they do have a skeet-shooting club. And this is just the middle school, seventh and eighth graders.

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A Closer Look At The Two Wells That Came Off Confidential List Today -- February 12, 2020

I get a kick out of folks telling me that "monster" wells represent a tiny fraction of all the wells drilled in the Bakken.

That's correct.

I won't argue.

But then this. These are the two wells that came off the confidential list today (see below). Neither well was particularly remarkable for wells being reported in 2019 - 2020. These are very, very mediocre wells from my point of view in the overall scheme of things. But compare these two wells with the wells that were being reported in 2008 - 2012.

These 2019 - 2020 wells are huge in comparison.

The wells reported in 2008 - 2012 were "lucky" to hit 100,000 bbls in two years. Now, it's a downer if a Bakken well doesn't hit 100,000 bbls in the first six months.

Also, note the small number of stages in these two wells. In addition, one well used a relatively small amount of sand, the other, much more sand.

The wells:
  • 35883, 771, Liberty Resources, Haley 158-93-29-32-10MBH, 27 stages; 10.8 million lbs; East Tioga, t8/19; cum 84K 12/19;
    PoolDateDaysBBLS OilRunsBBLS WaterMCF ProdMCF SoldVent/Flare

  • 28194, 864, Oasis, Lewis Federal 5300 21-31 5B, 35 stages; 6 million lbs; Baker, t8/19; cum 110K 12/19;

By the way, Lynn Helms tells us that "they" are getting close to drilling out the Tier 1 areas in the Bakken. I will "never " disagree / argue with the Director, NDIC. He knows this stuff better than anyone. Having said that, note that the two wells above were middle Bakken wells. Operators still have the Three Forks. When I see no more middle Bakken wells being drilled, and 100% of new wells being drilled are Three Forks wells, then I will know that things have changed.

Notes From All Over, Part 1 -- February 12, 2020

Something to hide? Mike Bloomberg blocks footage of Aspen Institute appearance.

Racial profiling: then NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg clearly said that one could xerox the description of those using guns to commit a crime. 

New Hampshire: Wednesday morning and we still don't have all the votes counted in New Hampshire. This morning, The WSJ is reporting 263 of 301 precincts (87.4%) reporting. Close to a 3-way tie and all the talking heads still say Bernie, with results like this, will go into the convention winning on the first vote. As far as I know, there are no "winner-take-all" states in the Democrat primaries.

  • Dow up 214 points -- apparently the Dow and the S&P 500 both hit new records; NASDAQ just slightly below a new record
    • BA: up $3.17
    • AAPL: up a whopping $4.16 (but still not at its previous high)
    • SRE: up a bit;
    • ENB: up a bit 
Later: all three major indices hit new records. At close:
  • Dow: 29,551 -- up 275 points --  up almost one percent
  • S&P 500: 3,379 -- up 21.70 points
  • NASDAQ:  9,726 -- up 87 points

SARS-CoV-2 And COVID 19 -- Or As Some Call It, "The Wu Flu" -- February 12, 2020

Coronavirus: statistics. By country.

US seasonal flu: statistics, October 5, 2019 -- May 30, 2020 (eight-month season)

Personal protection: And by the way, those surgical masks? They don't work. Don't even come close.
  • micrometer = micron
  • one nanometer = 0.001 micrometers
  • one nanometer = 0.001 microns
  • coronavirus: around 100 nanometers (0.1 micron)
  • flu: 80 to 120 nanometers (0.1 micron)
  • SARS virus: 100 nanometers (0.1 micron)
  • CoV-19: unknown but probably in same range (0.1 micro)
  • easily passes through surgical masks
  • even the much larger tuberculosis "germ" can pass through surgical masks
  • wearing surgical masks outdoors, where virus-laden particles easily disperse, has even less value
  • health personnel caring for SARS patients need to wear a special mask called an N-95 respirator, and those are not 100% effective; range from 50% to 95% for particles down to 0.3 microns, if worn appropriately fitted
  • human coronaviruses are between 0.1 and 0.2 microns -- one to two times below the N-95 respirator cutoff
  • which begs the question: exactly how are health care personnel protecting themselves?
  • a micron is not to be confused with a Macron; the latter is a small political figure

February 26, 2020: an update. Out of control -- Schumer, Pelosi.

February 24, 2020: an update. Is anyone paying attention?

February 22, 2020: an update. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

February 21, 2020: is South Korea next?

February 17, 2020: turning point or "dead-flu bounce"?

February 15, 2020: the Chinese are still "re-adjusting" their numbers after changes in the way they diagnose COVID-19:

February 14, 2020: yesterday the big news in north Texas was the fact that the first case of coronavirus-related illness had been confirmed in the great state of Texas. Really? I was curious.
It turned out that the patient was one of among several hundred US citizens that had been evacuated from China some days ago and were being quarantined on a USAF base (Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX). I hardly consider this the first Texas case of COVID-19. At best, it should be considered a "federal" case, and if contracted in China, where it obviously was, is China also counting this as one of their cases? This individual obviously had the virus before he/she left China. But it will be a great public health case study. The patient exposed upwards of 250 people on that long, long flight from China, and who knows how many more were exposed at the airport before he/she departed.
The patient's' condition was not released. Upwards of 85% of cases are not much more than "colds" with a fever, around 10% are severe. Death rate is around 2% -- much less than SARS-1, and mostly affects those with other underlying conditions.

February 14, 2020:

February 13, 2020, 9:47 p.m. CT:
I did not hear this mentioned on any network today -- that the number of deaths -- day-over-day -- decreased by 51%, link here:

February 13, 2020: new names --
  • the new name for the virus: SARS-CoV-2
  • the respiratory illness it causes: COVID-19 (some call is the "Wu Flu")
  • for that other disease:
    • the disease: SARS
    • the virus: SARS-CoV
February 13, 2020, link:

In 50+ years of studying biology, medicine, and statistics, I have never, never seen an epidemiological graph that looked like this. The only explanation: the Chinese are using the DNC-Iowa app to tabulate deaths.

February 12, 2020:

Original Post

The EIA weekly report this week was quite fascinating.

1. The overall report suggests that China's coronavirus story is moderating; everything suggests that oil traders expect Chinese demand for oil to get back to "normal" soon.
  • a whopping increase in storage -- this was one of the highest builds in the last 64 weeks of re-balancing;
  • what amazes me most is that the EIA still says US crude oil in storage is still about 2% less than the average for this time of year; that may be true but the EIA fails to remind folks that US oil in storage has been increasing for the past few years due to shale revolution;
  • there was a huge increase in oil inventories, and yet WTI surged; does storage metrics even matter any more? It's all about Chinese demand, and global demand.
  • other data points suggest the Chinese coronavirus story is moderating
  • jet fuel supplied dropped week-over-week last week but this time week-over-week jet fuel supplied actually increased a bit -- another data point suggesting things might be getting back to normal. 
2. It's possible the fact that oil jumped in price despite a whopping jump in oil storage is related to the New Hampshire turnout in which Trump clearly dominated, despite the mainstream media completely missing (or at least not reporting) that story.
Without question, the big story in New Hampshire was the "Trump" story. Sure, we were all fascinated by Biden collapsing, but oil traders are more interested in global oil demand.
The price of WTI has dropped back a bit since 9:30 a.m. CT when today's report came out, but WTI is still up 2.6%.
3. I was also impressed by the change in oil imports. Last week it was close to flat; this week, up about 363,000 bopd from the previous week; not much in the overall daily imports, but notable. It's very possible it's simply due to one or two VLCC deliveries.

4. Same with jet fuel deliveries. Last week, jet fuel deliveries were down about 0.5%; this week, up about 0.7%.

Weekly Petroleum Report -- EIA -- February 12, 2020

Weekly petroleum storage, EIA data:
  • US crude oil in storage increased by a whopping 7.5 million bbls; WTI up 3.3%; up $1.63, trading at $51.57;
  • US crude oil in storage: at 442.5 million bbls in storage, US crude oil inventories are about 2% below the average for this time of year;
  • refineries operating at an incredibly low 88% operable capacity
  • imports were up by 363,000 bopd from the previous week, which on a percentage basis, is not trivial; about 6.8% less than the same four-week period last year;
  • jet fuel supplied was up 0.7% compared with the same four-week period last year, suggesting China coronavirus moderating
My remarks regarding today's report: here.

Week Ending
Million Bbls Storage
Week 0
November 21, 2018
Week 1
November 28, 2018
Week 2
December 6, 2018
Week 3
December 12, 2018
Week 4
December 19, 2018
Week 5
December 28, 2018
Week 49
October 30, 2019
Week 50
November 6, 2019
Week 51
November 14, 2019
Week 52
November 20, 2019
Week 53
November 27, 2019
Week 54
December 4, 2019
Week 55
December 11, 2019
Week 56
December 18, 2019
Week 57
December 27, 2019
Week 58
January 3, 2020
Week 59
January 8, 2020
Week 60
January 15, 2020
Week 61
January 23, 2020
Week 62
January 29, 2020
Week 63
February 5, 2020
Week 64
February 12, 2020

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All Politics -- Nothing About The Bakken -- February 12, 2020

New Hampshire: I watched the reporting of the New Hampshire, 2020, primary on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News. Most of the time I spent on MSNBC: it's so much fun watching their reactions and how they spin (or try to spin) the news. Observations:
  • all night, on MSNBC, Brian Williams kept trying to bring the story back to the DOJ prosecutors that resigned over the "Stone" case; he was never able to get that narrative going; both my wife and I follow the news very, very closely (my wife more than I, in fact) and neither of us could remember exactly what "Stone" had done; most Americans won't even know who "Stone" was;
  • if I had watched MSNBC only, I would have thought that turnout was poor for the GOP; in fact, I would not even have been aware anyone voted in the GOP primary but we will get to those numbers later
Turnout in New Hampshire: this is absolutely amazing.
  • Trump doubled Obama's 2012 vote total in New Hampshire;
  • with 87% of precincts reporting:
    Trump: 120,000 votes
  • Obama, with 100% of precincts reporting: 49,080 votes
  • the gap will increase once all 2020 votes are in
  • incumbent President George W. Bush: 53,962 votes (2004)
  • incumbent President Bill Clinton: 76,797 votes (1996)
  • there was a coordinated effort by RNC and Trump to drive up turnout for Trump in NH
  • Trump had huge rally in Manchester, NH, on the eve of the state's primary
  • Trump's rally: more than all other rallies in NH that same night (my hunch: more were turned away from Trump's rally due to lack of room) than actually went to Dem rallies)
  • voters "seemed to have a zeal uncommon for supporters of an incumbent president"
  • Sanders/Buttigieg, combined: 140,000 votes with 87% precincts voting
Spin: from the Minot Daily News -- there were so many headlines one could have written --
  • there are still more open jobs than there are unemployed people, an unusual situation that has persisted for nearly two years:
  • before that, the ranks of those out of work exceeded the number of open jobs (and Obama famously said those jobs were never coming back; he was "writing" off the unemployed as a hopeless situation)
  • job openings have fallen; now at their lowest level in two years
  • the decline comes after job openings hit highest level on records dating back to December 2002
  • nearly all other measures of labor market remain healthy
  • so the AP headline writer chose one data point of many to use as the headline; one data point that could be spun as negative; all others very, very positive and signally a strong jobs market
  • as bad as the spin was at the Minot Daily News, it would have been worse at The Bismarck Tribune;
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Two Wells Coming Off The Confidential List Today -- February 12, 2020

KMI: to increase dividend by 25%.

McDermott: link here, in bankruptcy.

Back to the Bakken

Active rigs:

Active Rigs5663583641

Two wells coming off confidential list today --

Wednesday, February 12, 2020: 36 for the month; 143 for the quarter, 143 for the year:
  • 35883, 771, Liberty Resources, Haley 158-93-29-32-10MBH, 27 stages; 10.8 million lbs; East Tioga, t8/19; cum 84K 12/19;
  • 28194, 864, Oasis, Lewis Federal 5300 21-31 5B, 35 stages; 6 million lbs; Baker, t8/19; cum 110K 12/19;
RBN Energy: NGLs, gas processing and frack spread
OK, we admit it. Our title may be a bit of an overstatement in early 2020, but it was absolutely true back in 2012, when the frac spread was $13/MMBtu. These days, the frac spread — the differential between the price of natural gas and the weighted average price of a typical barrel of NGLs on a dollars-per-Btu basis — is only $2.48/MMBtu as of yesterday. But with Henry Hub natural gas prices in the doghouse — they closed on February 11 at $1.79/MMBtu — getting $4.27/MMBtu for the NGLs extracted from that gas, or an uplift of 2.4x, is still a pretty darned good deal. And that’s Henry Hub. Natural gas prices are lower in all of the producing basins, and are likely headed back below zero in the Permian this summer. So even with NGL prices averaging 30% lower than last year, the value of NGLs relative to gas can be a big contributor to a producer’s bottom line — assuming, of course, that the producer has the contractual right to keep that uplift. Today, we begin a blog series to examine the value created by extracting NGLs from wellhead gas, including processing costs, transportation, fractionation, ethane rejection, margins, netbacks and the myriad of factors that make NGL markets tick. We will start with the frac spread — what it tells us in its simplest form, how we can improve the calculations so it can tell us more, and, just as important, the economic factors that the frac spread excludes.
In a way, the frac spread is best described by what it’s not. First of all, as we use the term, it is unrelated to hydraulic fracturing, the well-completion technique. You do hear the term “frac spread” used to describe a fleet of fractionation equipment, which includes all of the water trucks, sand haulers, pumps, etc. that an oilfield services company uses to complete a hydraulic fracturing job. But that has nothing to do with what we are talking about here. The term is actually a shortening of “fractionation spread,” but that’s a misnomer too, because frac spread does not refer to NGL fractionation either — fractionation being the process of splitting a mixed NGL stream (or “y-grade”) into purity products like ethane, propane, normal butane, isobutane and natural gasoline. Instead, the frac spread is simply a measure of the value of natural gas versus the value of a basket of NGLs. In other words, it is a rough-cut indication of the value added at natural gas processing plants by extracting NGLs from the raw natural gas stream from the wellhead.