February 2021 ///

Special Focus

Special Focus: 2021 Forecast & Review – Washington Outlook

Dr. Roger Bezdek

On his first day as President, Biden recommitted the U.S. to the Paris Climate Agreement, rescinded the construction permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and ordered federal agencies to begin reinstating over 100 environmental regulations rolled back by Trump—including ones governing methane leaks from O&G wells and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from vehicle tailpipes.

Special Focus: 2021 Forecast & Review – Canadian E&P

Robert Curran

The oil and gas business had an exceedingly difficult time in 2020. There are signs that activity may be improving, but it’s hard to compare against a year that felt like rock bottom, and to forecast in the shadow of a pandemic.

Special Focus: 2021 Forecast & Review – E&P Spending

James West

Worldwide E&P expenditures should increase 6.8% in 2021, recovering partially from a 25.3% collapse in 2020. The first coordinated global upturn since 2018 will be led by a stronger rebound in select International regions.

Special Focus: 2021 Forecast & Review – U.S. Drilling

Craig Fleming, Kurt Abraham

A meaningful recovery in U.S. drilling activity during 2021 will be hampered further by President Biden’s Executive Order that indefinitely blocks new leases and drilling permits on federal lands and waters for up to a year.

Special Focus: 2021 Forecast & Review – U.S. Rotary Rig Count


U.S. rig counts crash to historic lows

Special Focus: 2021 Forecast & Review – U.S. Oil and Gas Production


Despite an historically low, 54% decline in drilling activity, U.S. oil production was down just 7.6% on a year-over-year basis, averaging 11.318 MMbopd in 2020. The loss in U.S. output could have been more drastic, but OPEC+ did a masterful job of curtailing production during the year to support benchmark prices.

Special Focus: 2021 Forecast & Review – U.S. Reserves


U.S. proved reserves effectively unchanged

Special Focus: 2021 Forecast & Review – International Drilling & Production

Cameron Wallace

Following a tumultuous 2020, global drilling rates outside the U.S. are a bit of a mixed bag for 2021. Lingering economic effects from shutdowns and travel restrictions are impeding recovery in regions like Africa and Eastern Europe, while Western Europe and South America are finding their stride.


Geostatistical inversion transforms subsurface understanding across the Americas

Graham Spence, Bertrand Six, Mark Letizia, Ekaterina Kneller

Four recent case studies document how an advanced seismic inversion workflow, which integrates geoscience data, enables operators to enhance their reservoir characterization interpretation.

ShaleTech Report: Tuning unconventional reservoir performance with geoscience-guided completion strategies

Robert Laronga, Edgar Velez, Elia Haddad, Casey R. Chadwick

As operating efficiencies near a plateau in North American shale basins, a renewed focus on geoscience offers new strategies to further lower total cost/bbl. Selective application of measurements to provide visibility on reservoir variability encountered in laterals improves decision-making to maximize ROI on completion spend.

ShaleTech: Marcellus-Utica Shales

Jim Redden

Stung by previously bullish price scenarios that were wrongly projected to sustain beyond the seasonal winter spikes, Appalachian gas producers are in no hurry to exponentially increase production, essentially brushing off improving fundamentals.

Regional Report: Brazil

Mike Slaton

Despite a Covid-19 hit that sidelined many field operations, Brazil’s 2020 mid-year figures appeared to put production on track for another yearly gain dominated by the pre-salt.

The evolving renewable energy partnership landscape: Implications for oil and gas majors

Benjie Jenkins, William de Hoop Scheffer, David Ernst, Molly Farber

The renewable energy boom will continue to accelerate. Oil majors are well-positioned to use JVs and alliances to build renewables businesses, but they’ll need to adapt their partnership approach to win in a low-carbon future.


First oil

Kurt Abraham

Improved outlook disrupted momentarily by Texas mess

What's new in production

Willard C. (Bill) Capdevielle, P.E.

Thinking small to find big solutions

Oil and gas in the capitals

Dr. Anas Alhajji

Working from home, not electric vehicles, could kill oil demand growth

Executive viewpoint

Adam Bozick

Partnership, innovation are essential to maximizing ESG performance

The last barrel

Craig Fleming

Bad mix


Industry at a Glance

Craig Fleming