Exploration & Production - Rig Counts
The number of rigs in the Permian and the Bakken was analyzed.
Bakken share gains should reverse as drilling stagnates, activity in other basins expands.
As operators drill wells more quickly they are meeting program goals with fewer rigs.
Sell-side downgrades are coming to the land drilling sector with the rapidity of an auctioneer’s chant.
During the month, Basic's fluid service truck count remained unchanged at 915. Fluid service truck hours for the month were 184,900, compared to 195,900 and 171,700 in March 2012 and April 2011, respectively.
In looking at the current oil versus gas rig count, this is the first time since the early 1990s that the oil rig count in the U.S. has exceeded the gas rig count.
The U.S. rig count for January 2012 was 2,003, unchanged from the 2,003 counted in December 2011 and up 292 from the 1,711 counted in January 2011.
It’s going to take an extended run of puny natural gas prices to negatively impact activity levels.
Industry metrics are reflecting changed budget priorities as 2012 gets under way. Many budgets are now liquids oriented and have a portion targeting expanded activity in the Midcontinent.
You know it’s bad when America’s champion of natural gas is no longer championing natural gas. Chesapeake is joining the small -- but growing -- list of operators who plan to curtail drilling in dry gas basins.
New rig orders in 2011 tell us something about the domestic drilling market in 2012 and beyond. So does the 2011 trend to retire 200 legacy units.
Nearly two years after operators prophesied a transition to liquids rich portfolios, the oil-directed horizontal rig count topped the gas-directed horizontal rig count during the week ending Jan. 6, 2012.