Monday, December 13, 2021

A Closer Look At The Two New Rimrock Permits -- December 13, 2021

Two new permits, #38697 - #38698, inclusive:

  • Operator: Rimrock Oil & Gas
  • Field: Moccasin Creek (Dunn County)
  • Comments: 
    • Rimrock has permits for two MC 14-11 permits, a Polar Bear and a Narwhal; 
    • the wells will be sited in SWSE 11-147-93; 
    • between 971 FSL and 1000 FSL and between 1639 FWL and 1644 FWL

The wells

  • 32856, 2,941, Rimrock, MC MHA 14-11-2TFH, Moccasin Creek, t9/18; cum 422K 10/21; 
  • 32855, 1,633, Rimrock, MC MHA 14-11H, Moccasin Creek, t9/18; cum 262K 10/21; 
  • 33035, 690, Rimrock, MC MHA 14-11-3TFH, Moccasin Creek, t9/18; cum 158K 10/21; 
  • 33034, 1,605, Rimrock, MC MHA 14-2H, Moccasin Creek, t9/18; cum 289K 10/21; 
  • 32854, 1,633, Rimrock, MC MHA 14-11TFH, Moccasin Creek, t9/18; cum 426K 10/21;

  • 24057, AB/1,570, Rimrock, Moccasin Creek 14-11-2-3H3, Moccasin Creek, t2/13; cum 198K 2/20; 
  • 24058, PNC, Rimrock, Moccasin Creek 14-11-2-4H3, Moccasin Creek,
  • 24056, 2,271, Rimrock, Moccasin Creek 14-11-2-3H, Moccasin Creek, t1/13; cum 387K 10/21;
  • 38182, conf, Rimrock, Moccasin Creek 14-11 4H, Moccasin Creek, 
  • 38183, conf, Rimrock, Moccasin Creek 14-11 5TFH, Moccasin Creek, 
  • 38184, conf, Rimrock, Moccasin Creek 14-11 6H, Moccasin Creek,
  • 18295, 1,260, Rimrock, Moccasin Creek 16-3-11H, Moccasin Creek, t2/10; cum 510K 10/21;

Average Production Per US Oil Rig Has Soared 81% Since 2019 -- December 13, 2021

A couple of points before we get started:

  • although the headline, perhaps implies that it's all about the drilling or the rig, when in fact, it's really about the completion strategies and the effectiveness of the frack spreads -- the guys and gals doing the fracking;
  • it's easy to skip over the "81%" figure but 81% is closer to 100% (or doubling of production) than 50%. 

Think about that, one can almost say that the average production per US oil rig has almost doubled over the past two years.

Parsing that sentence:

  • per rig
  • almost doubled
  • in the past two years.


Another point: by name, only two shale plays are mentioned in this article. 

I've been seeing this day in and day out when I update initial production data for wells drilled in 2020, maybe 2019. Initial production, the first ninety days, is the important period when comparing shale wells; after that, the operator is managing his/her wells and production is related less to technology and strategies and more to the operator "managing" the well's production.

One last point: I am inappropriately exuberant about the Bakken.

Talk about a huge coincidence. It's almost as if someone is reading the blog. LOL.

Link here for a recent blog post with comments. 

The December, 2021, dashboards have been posted:

EIA dashboards:

Now this, link to Julianne Geiger: average production per US oil rig has soared 81% since 2019. 

New-well oil production per rig has gained some serious ground over the last three years, increasing nearly 85% since the start of 2019, EIA data compiled by Oilprice shows.

According to the EIA’s most recent Drilling Productivity Report published on Monday, new-well oil production per rig rose to 1,142 barrels per day in December, and is expected to stay close to that figure in January, at 1,140.

While the monthly gains have been modest since the beginning of 2019—at an average gain of just 14 barrels per rig per day, it has catapulted the average production per rig per day to 1,140. This is up from 628 at the beginning of 2019—for a gain of 81%.


Oil production in the most prolific shale play in the United States—the Permian—is expected to increase 71,000 bpd in January to 5.031 million bpd—up from 4.960 million bpd in December.

The second most prolific basin, the Bakken, is expected to increase 8,000 bpd to reach 1.154 million bpd in January. Both the Bakken and the Permian are expected to decrease in the new-well production per rig for the month of January, with the Bakken expected to fall by 42 barrels per rig per day, and the Permian by 4 barrels per rig per day.

Shut Down

Shut Down, The Beach Boys

Wow, I'm Gone For One Day And Social Media Explodes -- December 13, 2021

Reality sucks: the Bakken revolution (fracking) -- the leading technological innovation that drove reduced CO2 emissions over the last decade, not renewables

  • Montana Bakken: began in 2000
  • North Dakota Bakken: began in 2007

Reality sucks:

  • in Europe right now, it costs 2 - 3x more to charge an EV than it is to power an ICE
  • well, you know what I mean

There you go, Pocohontas and Bernie

  • Brandon won't extend student loan relief; student load payments to restart February 1, 2022 -- source, Forbes -- plenty of jobs available to help pay off student loans
  • 2022 is an election year, is it not?

Asking for a friend: is GasBuddyGuy being sarcastic, or living in a parallel universe? He tweets today:

  • the national average is now $3.323 / gallon and falling -- should be under $3.30 / gallon in the next 72 hours 

I'm tired of the whining: I'm talking about all the folks going nuts over Omicron

  • Alec Baldwin has killed more people that Omicron
  • California: governor reinstates statewide mask mandate (remember: the state had an opportunity to recall him -- he's now bullet-proof)

Bitcoin: from "Walter Bloomberg": "Boe's Bailey says crypto investors may lose all their investment. Link here. Some social comments:

  • it's always surprising when people who benefit most from the legacy banking system warn of the risks involved with bitcoin. Shocking even.
  • it's almost like, it's a pyramid scheme?
  • I had not idea crypto was volatile
  • meanwhile in Turkey
  • instead, let the government take all your money through inflation


  • if the entire EU went net-zero today and stayed net-zero for the rest of the century, the impact would be a rise in global temperature by 0.14°C -- Bjorn Lomborg

US dry natural gas production: to reach 97.5 billion cubic feet per day by December, 2022, one year from now

  • would be the highest US monthly production on record
  • source: EIA;

Los Angeles: from an out-of-town visitor:

  • dinner where pasta entrees were $70 - $90
  • sushi rolls for $22
  • avocado toast for $18.50, and, of course,
  • gasoline: $5.25 / gallon


  • if the pandemic ends and oil supply can keep up with demand, tankers will do well in 2022
  • if the pandemic ends and oil supply cannot keep up with demand, tankers will be at least 10x in 2024

Rimrock With Two New Permits; Sixteen Permits Renewed, Including EOG With Five; and One Permit Canceled -- December 13, 2021

 Active rigs: NDIC's active rig list shows 32 active rigs. I did not check to see if any "duplicates."

Active Rigs32

Two new permits, #38697 - #38698, inclusive:

  • Operator: Rimrock Oil & Gas
  • Field: Moccasin Creek (Dunn County)
  • Comments: 
    • Rimrock has permits for two MC 14-11 permits, a Polar Bear and a Narwhal; 
    • the wells will be sited in SWSE 11-147-93; 
    • between 971 FSL and 1000 FSL and between 1639 FWL and 1644 FWL

Sixteen permits renewed:

  • Hunt Oil (6): two Oakland permits; two Trulson permits; and, two Palermo McNic permits;, all in Mountrail County:
  • CLR (5): one Chicago permit; two Charlotte permits, one Akron permits, and, one Brangus FIU permit, all in McKenzie County;
  • EOG (5): five Round Prairie permits, all in Williams County;

One permit canceled:

  • 37491, CLR, Gibb 11-24HSL, Williams County

Non-Bakken Ramblings -- December 13, 2021

Dividends: I've lost the bubble on this. I can't remember if I've already posted this. PFE, TRN, and UNP have announced an increase in their dividends. Link here.

  • PFE: increased to 40 cents from previous 39 cents. Record date, 1/28/22; pay date 3/4/22.
    • PFE up 5.16%; up $2.73; trading at $55.52
  • TRN: increased to 23 cents from previous 21 cents. Record date 1/14/22; pay date1/31/22.
    • TRN down slightly today
  • UNP: increased to $1.18 from previous $1.07; this is earlier than expected; see below;
    • prepandemic, 88 cents/share; now $1.18/share --> 34% increase over ten quarters (?)
    • record date, 12/17/21; pay date 12/20/21 -- wow -- next Monday.
    • if UNP is a proxy for BNI, Warren Buffett must be happy today

Staggering: I simply find this number staggering. Link sent by reader, thank you.

  • corporate relocations have delivered more than $235 billion in market valuation to north Texas
  • this is corporate relocations; doesn't even begin to include all the new non-relocation activities
  • these are corporate relocations, not necessarily corporate headquarters locations
  • writer noted that DFW already had such big players like Exxon and Texas Instuments
  • added McKesson and Charles Schwab

"Big John" Sold For Almost $8 Million At Paris Auction -- December 13, 2021

Gene Munster: raises AAPL target to $250.
  • says Apple, Inc., reinvents itself every five years;
  • now, "we're here again"
    • metaverse
      • Munster is apprehensive about metaverse, but "it's the future"
      • doesn't see "payoff" for several years
      • consider Coinbase is the bank of the metaverse
        • and Facebook 
    • auto and autonomous
  • AAPL trading at $181.10, up almost one percent; up $1.72
    • needs to get to 182.86 to hit $3-trillion market cap
  • metaverse is nothing more than the "next generation of the internet"
    • metaverse basket: AAPL, Coinbase, Facebook
Global warming: link here -- 
  • tornadoes in the news
    • from 2000-2020 the US experienced four F/EF5 tornadoes 
    • from 1954-1974 the US experienced 36 (!) F/EF5 tornadoes
  • elsewhere:
    • let's see: Florida -- hurricanes
    • Oklahoma to Nebraska, South Dakota to Missouri: tornado alley
    • California: earthquakes, wildfires, far left
    • New York: winter; Cuomo, DeBlasio
    • Texas, Austin to Dallas, along the I-35 corridor: traffic
Belle Fourche, SD: an unnamed private buyer purchased "Big John," a 67-million-year-old Triceratops skeleton that was uncovered in South Daota's Perkins County in 2014, for $7.7 million at a Paris auction on October 21, 2021. Multiple links. Here at National Geographic. With a lot of hand-wringing. 
The founder of a South Dakotan firm called PaleoAdventures, which digs up fossils for commercial sale, Stein nicknamed the fossil “Big John” after the owner of the ranch where he found it. 
For six years, he held on to the Triceratops in hopes that a U.S. museum would purchase it—but none came forward. Then, in 2020, he sold the fossil to an Italian firm that prepared it for auction. With much fanfare and a jaw-dropping sale price of $7.7 million (6.65 million euros) to an anonymous buyer last month, Big John became a big deal—and added fuel to an ongoing, thorny debate among scientists, auctioneers, commercial paleontologists, and private landowners. 
Where's the beef? It was on sale for six years and no museum came forward to buy it and museums have some wealthy patrons. Very wealthy patrons. Paintings go for a lot more. 
Austria: ends most Covid-19 restrictions after civil unrest and protests. Link here. Has anyone notice that the most current Austrian surge is now ending. Posted yesterday. In fact, the restrictions were due to end this week anyway. Mandatory vaccinations still on the table, starting February, 2022, as far as I know. 

Elon Musk -- TMOTY -- ICYMI: Peloton And "Sex And The City" --- December 13, 2021

Time's Man of the Year: Elon Musk. Perhaps one of the better picks in a long, long time. 

Why the market keeps going higher ... in one chart: link here.

  • inflation: highest it's been since 1982
  • today: 10-year Treasury -- 1.5% and trending down today;
  • 1982: 10-year Treasury -- greater than 10%
  • perhaps this is the time to really, really, really add debt to one's financial sheet
  • how fast can the TYT move?

From that linked article -- think about this -- how fast a publicly traded company puts together a marketing initiative in response to a television show:

Peloton: Count me as in the minority here, but I kind of like how Peloton's responding to the uproar over its connected bike causing Mr. Big of "Sex and the City" to have a heart attack in the latest reboot of the series. 
First, Peloton blamed Mr. Big's lifestyle of partying and red-meat eating for him dying after a 45-minute ride
Then on Sunday, Peloton put a tweet out saying Mr. Big is alive and is enjoying a romantic evening with his favorite instructor Jess King (Allegra in the show). 
Having said all of that, this is still a nightmare for the company right smack in the middle of the holiday shopping season and before New Year's resolution season in January. It will do no favors to a stock that has been clobbered this year for a litany of reasons, as long-time Peloton bear Simeon Siegel of BMO Capital Markets explained.

Market commentary: IBD -- link here. Most noteworthy, Rivian reports today.

No news, yet, regarding AMD / XLNX but both are up in pre-market trading. Overall, semiconductors appear to have a good day ahead of them.

Peak demand: investors now see peak demand (crude oil) moving much farther to the right. Link to Tswvetana Paraskova

First group "financial / economic" indicators:

National debt / GDP: link here.

That's an interesting graph: of course the jump is all due to Covid-19 -- well, "almost all." And it probably didn't matter who was president during fiscal years / calendar years (?) 2019 - 2020 but for the record it was Donald Trump. Interestingly enough, assuming recent spending has been factored into the graph above, the ratio will drop every so slightly during the Biden administration. Just trolling. Interesting but not actionable. 

US budget deficit, FY2021: link here. A record was not set. 

The U.S. incurred the second-largest budget deficit on record in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, reflecting government expenditures tied to the coronavirus pandemic and adding fuel to congressional debates about proposed spending.

The $2.8 trillion deficit was the second largest since 1945 as a share of the nation’s gross domestic product and trailed only the prior fiscal year’s $3.1 trillion shortfall, when not adjusting for inflation.

The deficit for the fiscal year was 12.4% of all economic output, down from 15% the previous year, the Treasury Department and Office of Management and Budget said Friday. The deficit was 4.6% of GDP in the 2019 fiscal year, before the pandemic began.

The fund rate: incredibly low, according to Steve Liesman. Take out inflation, and the "easy money" gap is widening. The gap between investors and savers continues to widen, favoring the former. 

The big story on CNBC this morning: Apple (AAPL) -- closing in on that $3-trillion market cap.

Biggest decision I have all day: whether to watch CNBC. Decision made. Television off.  Good luck to everyone.

Monday -- December 13, 2021

Active rigs: the "29" is an estimate; current data will be released this afternoon when the daily activity report is released:

Active Rigs2915536751

Monday, December 13, 2021: 68 for the month, 71 for the quarter, 323 for the year:

  • 38188, conf, CLR, Tallahassee FIU 4-21HSL, Baker, no production data,
  • 37352, conf, Oasis, Wold 5397 44-34 12TX, Sand Creek, first production, 6/21; t--; cum 66K 10/21;
  • 36862, conf, Whiting, Satterthwaite 13-7-2H, Sanish, first production, 8/21; t--; cum 30K 10/21;
  • 36304, conf, Bruin, FB Belford 148-95-22D-15-10B, Eagle Nest, first production, 6/21; t--; cum 86K 10/21;

Sunday, December 12, 2021: 64 for the month, 67 for the quarter, 319 for the year:

  • 37416, conf,  Oasis, Wold 5397 43-34 5B, Sand Creek, first production, 6/21; t--; cum 108K 10/21;
  • 37381, conf,  Oasis, Wold 5397 43-34 4B, Sand Creek, first production, 6/21; t--; cum 89K 10/21;
  • 37030, conf, Whiting, KR State 13-16HU, Sanish, first production, 9/21; t--; cum 43K 10/21;
  • 36305, conf, Bruin, FB Belford 148-95-22D-15-8T, Eagle Nest, first production, 6/21; t--; cum 10/21;

Saturday, December 11, 2021: 60 for the month, 63 for the quarter, 314 for the year:

  • None.
Friday, December 10, 2021: 60 for the month, 63 for the quarter, 314 for the year:
  • 36306, conf, Bruin, FB Belford 148-95-22D-15-7B, Eagle Nest, first production, 6/21; t--; cum 161K 10/21;

RBN Energy: new long-term contracts propel multiple North American projects toward FID. Archived.

It has been an epic year for U.S. LNG. After COVID-19 and the subsequent global market crash brought LNG development to a standstill and shut-in production from existing terminals in 2020, this year has seen global prices repeatedly smash previous record highs, driving existing terminals to operate at peak levels and renewing interest in new LNG buildout. U.S. feedgas demand and LNG production will close out the year at all-time highs, but with just a few weeks left it looks like 2021 will be the first year since 2017 that no new LNG terminals will achieve a positive final investment decision. But that’s driven more by the tailwinds of 2020 — the back half of 2021 has seen a tremendous amount of commercial activity in the LNG sector. More than 21 million metric tons per annum of medium- and long-term capacity from planned LNG projects has been sold this year, creating enough forward momentum for multiple projects to move toward FID in 2022. We cover all the latest developments in our LNG Voyager Quarterly report, and in today’s RBN blog we take a look at some of the recent LNG deals and what they tell us about the future of North American LNG.