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Oil rises 0.1% to $56.30 as US inventories decline

An Iraqi worker gauges gas emissions from an oil pipe at the Daura oil refiner - Getty Images

Oil prices ticked higher on Thursday amid a sharp decrease in U.S. crude inventories and investor hopes of progress in resolving the U.S.-China trade feud.

Global benchmark Brent crude gained 16 cents, or 0.2%, to $60.86 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude added 4 cents, or 0.1%, to $56.30 a barrel.

U.S. crude, along with gasoline and distillate inventories, fell last week. Crude stocks dropped 4.8 million barrels, which was more than the 2.5 million barrel draw analysts had expected, the Energy Information Administration said.

Net U.S. crude imports, however, rose last week by 934,000 barrels per day. Read more…

The Oil And Gas Situation: Exxon Not Panicking, Permian De-Bottlenecking

Some very interesting developments on the oil and gas front this week related to the Permian Basin:

The Permian bottleneck continues to de-bottleneck. – Reuters reports that crude loadings at the Port of Corpus Christi (PortCC) rose to a record 1 million barrels of oil per day (bopd) last week, after two major new pipelines carrying Permian Basin oil - EPIC and Cactus II - went into service. Those lines have a total capacity of more than 1 million bopd, so the near-doubling of deliveries from July’s average of 525,000 bopd is not surprising. Read more…

Nothing on Earth Can Replace Helium — and It’s in Peril

Liquid helium has helped build billion-dollar industries and generate multiple Nobel Prizes. Now our supply is running low.

NYTIMES.com: By Dr. DiVerdi is a chemistry professor. - Sept. 4, 2019

Alexander Glandien

Liquid helium is a quiet engine of American research and business. It is essential to a broad range of technologies, from cutting-edge quantum computing to M.R.I. scanners in hospitals. It has fostered the development of billion-dollar industries, fueled essential lifesaving medical tools, supported work leading to more than 5,000 patents and helped generate multiple Nobel Prizes. In short, it is crucial to innovation. Read more…

Concho sells Permian assets to Houston’s Spur Energy for $925M

Photo: Daniel Acker, Bloomberg

Midland’s Concho Resources said Tuesday it will sell its more mature Permian Basin assets in New Mexico for $925 million to the Houston startup Spur Energy Partners.

Concho, which has struggled financially of late, will use the funds to cut down on debt and initiate a share buyback program to help appease Wall Street, while Spur Energy will keep building its foothold in the Permian’s northwestern shelf, which is outside of the booming Delaware Basin in New Mexico.

Concho said it’s starting a share repurchase effort of up to $1.5 billion to help boost the company’s stock. The sale includes about 100,000 gross acres producing 25,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day. Concho will keep its large presence in the Delaware Basin in New Mexico. Read more…

A Well-Kept Secret: The US Has Become an ‘Energy Superpower’

CBN.com: 08-13-2019 - Heather Sells

PERMIAN BASIN, Texas – Many Americans don’t know that over the last few years the US has become an energy super-power and that much of the growth comes from a remote region in Texas that you’ve probably never heard of.

20 years ago, big oil was pulling out of the Permian Basin. Today it’s the reason the US is the top oil and gas producing country in the world.

Todd Staples, the president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association, is only too happy to talk about what’s happening here. Read more…

Drilling Down: Pioneer’s big bet on the Midland Basin

Scott Sheffield, CEO of Pioneer Natural Resources, in portrait Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 at the Pioneer building on N. Big Spring in Midland. James Durbin/Reporter-Telegram

Irving oil company Pioneer Natural Resources is betting on its leases in the eastern end of Permian Basin.

Pioneer filed for eight drilling permits over the past week to develop horizontal wells on seven leases split between Midland and Upton counties.

Located in an area of the Permian known as the Midland Basin, the wells target the Spraberry formation down to depths of 10,531 feet.

During a recent investors call, Pioneer Natural Resources Chief Executive Scott Sheffield said the western end of the Permian, known as the Delaware Basin, is being drilled “too aggressively.” Read more…

Western Midstream names new leadership to “grow alongside Occidental” following acquisition

WorldOil.com - 8/9/2019

HOUSTON - Western Midstream Partners (WES) announced that Michael P. Ure has been named president & Chief Executive Officer and Craig W. Collins has been named senior vice president & Chief Operating Officer of WES. Mr. Ure previously served as Senior Vice President of Business Development for Occidental and Mr. Collins is returning to WES having previously served as senior vice president & Chief Operating Officer of its predecessor, Western Gas Partners, LP from 2017 to 2018. Mr. Ure and Mr. Collins are succeeding Robin H. Fielder and Gennifer F. Kelly, respectively, in connection with the recently completed acquisition of Anadarko by Occidental. Jaime R. Casas, senior vice president, chief financial officer & treasurer, and John D. Montanti, vice president, general counsel & corporate secretary, will remain in their current positions.

“Occidental sees great value and opportunity in the excellent WES asset base and is committed to value-enhancing opportunities for both companies,” said Vicki Hollub, president and CEO of Occidental. Read more…

New laws could pump billions of dollars into Permian Basin’s rapidly growing water recycling industry

Midland oilfield water company XRI bought the the water treatment and recycling division of Dallas-based Fountain Quail Energy Services in an April 2019 deal. Financial terms were not disclosed but XRI plans to expand water recyling in the aird Permian Basin of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico. Photo: Courtesy Photo / XRI

Houston Chronicle - Business / Energy

Whether by pipeline tanker, truck or hose, more water is moving around the arid Permian Basin than crude oil at any given moment.

Water has become the lifeblood of the modern energy industry with hydraulic fracturing using high-pressured slurry of water, sand and chemicals to unlock oil and gas from shale formations in Texas and across the country. In the arid Permian Basin, the nation’s most productive oil field, drilling and fracking operations consume more than 195 million gallons of water per day in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico — enough water to fill nearly 300 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

All this has made water and water management in the Permian a big business that’s only expected to get bigger, following the recent enactment of three laws in Texas and New Mexico, the two states encompassing the sprawling oil basin. The laws, which essentially clarify water rights issues and encourage the reuse of water, could pump billions more dollars of investment into the region’s rapidly growing water recycling industry. Read more…

Permian Needs $9 Billion Worth of New Wells—But Not for Crude

Permian Needs $9 Billion Worth of New Wells—But Not for Crude

Frack fluid is stored in a pond in Texas. Photographer: Callaghan O’Hare/Bloomberg

As much as $9 billion will be needed over the next decade just to throw away dirty water in the world’s busiest shale field, according to Raymond James & Associates Inc.

The scale of the challenge is mind-boggling: drillers typically pump 30 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water into an oil well to fracture the surrounding rocks. In return, as much as 10 barrels come rushing back out for every one barrel of crude, Raymond James analyst Marshall Adkins said in a note to clients on Monday.

Given that recycling efforts aren’t robust enough to handle the 17.5 million barrels of dirty water produced DAILY in the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico, oil companies have to do something else with all that salty slurry, Adkins said. After all, so-called produced water is 10 times saltier than seawater and can be tainted with heavy metals and radioactivity.

“Most investors are simply unaware of the fact that as crude production grows, produced ‘dirty’ water grows even faster,” he wrote. “As the Permian Basin shifts further into manufacturing mode, the water growth we project will create the need for nearly 1,000 additional salt water disposal wells by 2030.” Read more…

Dirty water holds biggest promise, Jefferies says

WorldOil.com - By David Wethe on 6/24/2019

HOUSTON (Bloomberg) — For companies that haul oil and natural gas, the next big thing may be dirty water, according to Jefferies Group LLC.

As booming U.S. oil production unleashes a torrent of contaminated water that rises to the surface with crude, pipeline operators may be in the best position to harness those flows and expand into the water-handling business, said Peter Bowden, Jefferies’ global head of energy investment banking.

In the Permian basin alone, the combination of saltwater from wells and water used in the fracing process is expected to be three times larger than crude output by 2023, according to Jefferies. Pipeline owners already are adept at transporting oil and gas, so adding water to their portfolios may be a logical next step, Bowden said Friday at an Oilfield Water Connection conference in Houston.

“Water is going to offer them more growth than their core business,” he said. “There’s a case that the public midstream companies should be doing all three streams everywhere they can.”

There have been more than $2.5 billion of Permian-focused water deals so far this year, according to Gabe Collins, a fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute. Many of the transactions have involved private-equity firms, he said during the same conference.


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