California getting more Bakken crude by barge than by rail. Bakken.com is reporting:
Shipments of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota to California by barge have quietly overtaken those by train for the first time, showing how the state’s isolated refiners are using any means necessary to tap into the nation’s shale oil boom.
While tough permitting rules and growing resistance by environmentalists have slowed efforts to build new rail terminals within California itself, a little-known barge port in Oregon has been steadily ramping up shipments to the state, a flow expected to accelerate next year.
From January through June, California received 940,500 barrels of the North Dakota crude oil from barges loaded at terminals in the Pacific Northwest, the highest rate ever.
Bakken crude transported to California on railcars, which has gained widespread attention after a series of fiery train derailments in North America, accounted for just 702,135 barrels over the same time period.
“We’re seeing marine transport of Bakken crude outpace rail for the first time,” Schrempf said. In 2013, rail shipments of 1.35 million barrels exceeded barge shipments of 1.33 million barrels. The year before, almost no crude arrived by barge.
Bakken shipments by barge and rail may only comprise a tiny portion of the crude California imports, at about 5,200 and 4,000 barrels per day respectively, with Alaska supplying over 20 times as much crude.
Wells coming off the confidential list Friday:
- 27492, 184, Murex, Shauna Michelle 26-35H, Daneville, t7/14; cum 10K 8/14;
- 27798, drl, Hess, AN-Evenson-152-95-1003H-9, Antelope, no production data,
- 27839, drl, MRO, Bears Ghost USA 11-4TFH, McGregory Buttes, no production data,
- 27916, 362, American Eagel, George 3-1-163-102, Skjermo, t9/14; cum 5K 8/14;
- 27981, drl, Statoil, Paulson 36-1 2H, Briar Creek, no production data,
Wells coming off the confidential list today were posted earlier; see sidebar at the right.
Fifteen (15) new permits:
- Operators: Hunt (4), Enerplus (3), BR (3), Zavanna (2), QEP, HRC, CLR
- Fields: Werner (Dunn), Ross (Mountrail), Heart Butte (Dunn), Pershing (McKenzie), Stockyard Creek (Williams), Grail (McKenzie), Tyrone (Williams), Banks (McKenzie)
- 27013, 200, Oasis, State 5792 31-15 4T2, Cottonwood, t8/14; cum --
- 27067, 908, Hess, EN-KMJ Uran 154-93-2734H-5, Robinson Lake, t9/14; cum --
- 28172, 955, Triangle, Wahlstrom 152-102-34-27-4H, Elk, t10/14; cum --
- 28173, 836, Triangle Wahlstrom 152-102-34-27-3H, Elk, t10/14; cum --
What Some Of Us Will Be Talking About Friday
The Wall Street Journal
Uh-oh. Amazon stumbles on high spending.
Self-quarantined doctor, breaks his own quarantine, tests positive for Ebola virus. After bowling in NYC. I can't make this stuff up.
At least one indicator is moving in the right direction: activity in China's manufacturing sector rose in October.
I didn't see this coming: Microsoft is hot again. Microsoft's sales continue to defy expectations by growing at a much fast clip than those of its business-technology peers.
OXY profit falls 24%. Previously reported.
Caterpillar posts surprising profit gains. Previously reported.
Nucor announces 66% profit rise on energy boom. Not previously reported.
Uh-oh. Buffetts doubled down on renewables -- and wind power in particular --in his energy strategy.
KKR signaled opportunities ahead, as choppy markets create conditions that can scare off other investors. The private-equity firm said third-quarter profit fell sharply, as its cash haul from deal profits declined.
Dr Pepper tops expectations.
Heard on the street: natural-gas bulls: better luck next year.
Cold winter isn't good enough reason to bet on higher gas prices.A bet on the winter starting in late 2015—still risky given the time horizon—could make more sense for one reason: power-plant shutdowns.
Next year will see a swath of coal-fired power plants shut down as a result of tighter environmental standards. Some 30 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity is slated to be retired or at risk of this in 2015, according to Sanford C. Bernstein. That is 60% of the amount expected to close through 2020.
Teri Viswanath of BNP Paribas points out that around 70% of the plants scheduled to close next year are in Midwest and mid-Atlantic states—precisely the regions that relied on those plants during the worst of last winter.
The scheduled start of U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas and continuing construction of export pipelines to Mexico should also add pressure on the demand side.
Does that guarantee a jump in gas prices? No. But it does increase the likelihood of seasonal swings, says Ms. Viswanath. Currently, with the futures curve pretty flat through 2016, this risk isn’t really priced in: The January 2016 contract is a mere 35 cents above the one for October 2015. With a little help from the gods, America’s shifting energy mix could offer gas bulls some delayed gratification.