February 2016 ///
Looking at the spending plans of roughly 300 E&P companies worldwide, and factoring in recent oil price declines, North American spending may fall 40-50% in 2016. Capital expenditures, internationally, are set to post a second, consecutive 15% decline.
Eyeing his legacy, lame duck President Barack Obama will throw a barrage of executive orders and rulemaking at the U.S. oil and gas industry. The Republican majority in Congress will have to figure out ways to stop Obama’s agenda, as their party tries to win back the White House.
Who knew? After the rapid decline in crude oil prices from mid-2014, most analysts expected 2015 to be a year of recovery, when prices would creep back toward $70/bbl.
The catastrophic oil price decline wreaked havoc on the U.S. rotary rig count during 2015, with the industry bracing for a continued slowdown this year.
Overall, U.S. crude oil production increased slightly in 2015, with noticeable gains reported in the Bakken and Eagle Ford/Permian shale plays of North Dakota and Texas, respectively.
The total number of active, producing oil wells in the U.S. dropped slightly during 2015, a trend that looks set to sharpen this year, as the oil price decline begins to exact its toll on the industry.
The number of producing gas wells in the U.S. held steady last year, despite gas prices remaining stubbornly low.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. crude oil and lease condensate proved reserves increased for the sixth consecutive year in 2014.
Clinging to the notion that they are protecting market share, several OPEC members continue to overproduce deliberately, as do Russian operators, ensuring that the global market remains saturated.
A protracted pricing slump has led to massive budget cuts, thousands of layoffs and the most dismal market conditions that the Canadian industry has faced in more than 20 years. No positive news is on the horizon.
Part 1. In Goliat field, offshore Norway, VisiTrak extra-deep resistivity measurements detected the top of the reservoir at least 20 m TVD and 130 m MD, before entering the reservoir, enhancing accurate wellbore landing. The resistivity measurements also helped reduce the uncertainty in fault detection, providing critical, real-time “Answers While Drilling.”
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