Thursday, September 16, 2021

Hunt Oil With Six New Permits; Ten Permits Renewed; Five Permits Canceled -- Thursday, September 16, 2021

Gasoline prices: Resident Biden seems to be in panic mode. He is correct: the end of driving season should see a drop in the price of gasoline. Hasn't happened. More than a quarter of US gulf crude still offline since Hurricane Ida -- some weeks ago -- too bad there isn't a huge crude oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. One would think a huge crude oil pipeline from oil-rich Canada to the US gulf coast would be a no-brainer. Speaking of no brains ... 

FANG: Diamondback announced a $2 billion share buyback. 

: announces new production cuts related to global semiconductor shortages. Again, just shows how well Apple has navigated the global semiconductor chip shortage.

Money market fund monitor, link here:

  • monthly updated, end of the month
  • most recent month: July
  • as of July 31, 2021, total in money market funds equals that of September 30, 2020.

Retail sales: surprise, surprise, surprise -- retail sales up 0.7% vs a 0.8% decline. Amazing. Hand-wringing, hand-wringing, hand-wringing. 

HP rigs, link here:

  • HP enters strategic collaboration with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
  • Abu Dhabi will purchase eight huge HP rigs: $90 million
  • following that purchase, HP will make a $100-million cornerstone investment in Abu Dhabi NOC Drilling, a subsidiary of ADNOC
  • ADNOC Drilling: IPO on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange
  • HP will joing Baker Hughes Company as a major shareholder in the new publicly traded company
  • lots of moving parts: bottom line -- HP and Baker Hughes partner with Abu Dhabi

Back to the Bakken

Active rigs, from the daily activity report:

Active Rigs24*12626556

Six new permits, #38565 - #38570, inclusive:

  • Operator: Hunt Oil
  • Field: Lake Ilo (Dunn County)
  • Comments:
    • Hunt Oil has permits for three more Halliday wells and three Quill wells, all in SWSE 10-145-93; 
    • the wells will be sited 385 FSL and between 1760 FEL and 1910 FEL

Ten permits renewed:

  • QEP: ten MHA permits in Mountrail County
  • all in SENE section 28-150-92

Five permits canceled:

  • Hess (3): three EN-Davenport permits canceled; Mountrail County
  • Resource Energy Can-Am: a Ranger permit in Divide County
  • Nine Point Energy: a Nordtug permit in Williams County

Pretty Much Self-Explanatory -- September 16, 2021

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Biden Administration: Will "Investigate" Why Gasoline Prices Are Not Falling -- I Can't Make This Stuff Up -- September 16, 2021


September 22, 2021: I wonder if there has been any progress?

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I Love The Cynicism -- September 16, 2021

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I haven't followed it that closely so I am probably wrong, but it certainly seems like CVX is backpedaling a bit after getting feedback from their shareholders. I'm probably wrong, but first reports suggested CVX was going to diversity into "green" energy. I think they still are but it may be in a different way than previously rumored.

If I recall correctly, in the Jim Cramer interview, the CVX/CEO said the company would spend $10 billion over several years on non-fossil fuel initiatives. Cramer suggested that the $10 billion was a very, very small percent of the company's overall financial picture. Again, I don't know. Just rambling.

Literally Impossible To Make This Stuff Up -- September 16, 2021

From ZeroHedge:

If you own a Chevy Bolt, you need to find a parking spot that's at least fifty feet away from the nearest car. Why? 
To reduce the chances of a fire from your car's spontaneous combustion spreading to other cars.

General Motors Co. urged some owners of Chevrolet Bolt electric cars to park and store the vehicles at least 50 feet away from other cars to reduce the risk that a spontaneous fire could spread.

The Detroit automaker has recalled all of the roughly 142,000 Bolts sold since 2016 because the battery can catch on fire. GM has taken a $1.8 billion charge so far for the cost of the recall and has been buying cars back from some disgruntled owners. The company expects to recoup much of the cost from battery supplier LG Corp.

The new advice is likely to rankle owners who are already limiting their use of the Bolt to avoid overheating the battery and risking a fire. The parking guidance — recommending a distance of 50 feet from other parked cars — is especially difficult for owners in urban areas.

Don't all folks park their brand new shiny cars fifty feet away from other cars to avoid that first scratch? 

I guess GM got tired of paying liability claims on Porsches and Mercedes vehicles that were sitting next to a Bolt.

I think it would be fun to buy a Bolt simply to park it near a Lamborghini. LOL.

FWIW -- Atmospheric CO2 -- August, 2021

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One year ago:

Ivermectin -- September 16, 2021

Again, I have no dog in this fight. I just find it incredibly interesting. It's as if sub-Saharan Africa and India are doing quite well with regard to Covid-19 and there seems to be a common thread. 

I don't know. I don't go looking for this stuff. This was sent to me by a long term reader with a history of sending me credible links. Here's another one: Ivermectin obliterates 97% of Delhi cases. Written by a physician, this article is in the Desert Review. I assume this is from the Imperial Valley in southern California.

Most interesting "thing" about this article. It was written before ivermectin was much of "a thing." It was written back on June 1, 2021, with an update six days later. 

Barbara Mandrell Knows What It's Like

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back -- Saudi Arabia Foreign Exchange Reserves Fall Again -- September 16, 2021

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Just A Quick Thank-You To All Those Who Follow The Blog -- September 16, 2021

I am always humbled when I find out who some of the folks are who follow my blog. In many ways I am clearly out of my league when it comes to understanding the oil and gas sector, but I've learned a lot from my readers, and it's much appreciated.

As a reminder:

  • this is not an investment site; it's an educational and entertainment site;
  • I am inappropriately exuberant about the Bakken;
  • the Bakken is a metonym for US shale just as Wall Street is a metonym for really rich folks;
  • on any given post, there will be typographical and content errors; if information I present is important to you, go to the source; fact-check everything; Facebook is a good source for fact-checking as is Snopes;
  • if something I post, seems wrong, it probably is; again, if something seems wrong, go to the source, fact-check
  • I will correct content and typographical errors when I stumble across them
  • content errors are my own
  • typographical errors I blame on my proofreader, Sophia

The only purpose of this post was to acknowledge my readers and thank them for all their help over the years. 

I had to  put in all the disclaimer stuff only because the post would have otherwise been too short.

Also, disclaimers seem to be important on blogs.

One Well Coming Off Confidential List -- September 16, 2021

CNBC: Joe Kernan's segment, what was it, 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. CT? used to be the best segment on morning CNBC but it's turned into one of the worse segments. It almost seems like "filler" waiting for the market to open, compounded by an excessive number of commercials. The best hour on morning CNBC is now the one hour from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. CT. It is for the most part unscripted and simply an informal discussion of business news.

Crude oil supply in the US: starting to creep back up. Now at 27.5 days. Considering that inventories are dropping, if the number of days of supply are increasing, it means that demand is falling. GasBuddy has been telling us that for the past two weeks. 

US crude oil imports: as Canadian oil imports are dropping, Russian oil imports are surging. Tbis is simply amazing. While we're at it, check out the dismal state of affairs for Mexico. Saudi Arabia has become a non-player when it comes to US crude oil imports.

Back to the Bakken

Active rigs*: current list is reported COB --

Active Rigs2412626556

One well comes off the confidential list;

  • Thursday, September 16, 2021: 25 for the month, 36 for the quarter, 216 for the year:
    • 38156, conf, CLR, Kukla 10-16HSL1,

RBN Energy: oil-weighted and diversified E&Ps earnings climb past 2018 peak; gas producers lag.

Memories of disasters linger, and it’s likely that no one in the North American energy sector is likely to ever forget the second quarter of 2020. 
As the COVID-19 pandemic destroyed demand and crude oil prices bottomed out, exploration and production companies (E&Ps) scrambled to shut in wells and slashed spending in the face of an unprecedented plunge in average realizations to less than $14 per barrel of oil equivalent. 
Not everyone bought into apocalyptic visions of the industry’s future that were circulating widely, but few analysts expected the rapid return to the level of profitability reflected in the recently released second-quarter 2021 results of the 39 major E&Ps we monitor. 
Rising oil prices and continuing cost control propelled the earnings of the Oil-Weighted and Diversified peer group companies over the results from the last industry performance peak in the third quarter of 2018, when WTI was priced 10% higher. Although the results of Gas-Weighted producers lagged, soaring third-quarter natural gas prices suggest a catch-up in the second half of the year. In today’s blog, we analyze the second-quarter results of our universe of 39 producers and preview third-quarter results.

Two WPX Wells In South Fork Oil Field Each Go Over 500K Bbls Crude Oil Cumulative -- September 15, 2021

This page won't be updated; these wells are tracked here.

The wells:

  • 34651, 3,499, WPX, Lawrence Bull 1-12HD, South Fork, t12/18; cum 444K10/20; cum 496K 7/21
  • 36540, 2,847, WPX, Lawrence Bull 1-12HC, South Fork, t12/18; cum 480K10/20; cum 512K 7/21