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Tight Oil Money Return on Investment Eagle Ford Shale Case History

The Eagle Ford Shale Play - San Antonio Located in South Texas between San Antonio and Corpus Christi. Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing began in 2008. Approximately 17,000 producing wells. February production was 935,000 bo/d, down from 1,324,000 in December 2014. 71 ...

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Posted 3 months agoOpinion > Art BermanShaleEagle Ford Shale +9

$60 – $65 Emerging Mid-Cycle Price For WTI

This is a guest post by J. M. Bodell modified from a comment he wrote on my recent Oil Price Crossroad  post. He has extensive experience in petroleum market analysis, natural resource cost structure, scenario planning and strategic planning for Strategic Energy Research & Capital, Cambridge Ene ...

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Posted 3 months agoOpinion > WTIArt Bermanoil price +1

Oil Price Crossroad

Posted in The Petroleum Truth Report on February 26, 2018 The oil-price rally that began a year ago is at a crossroad. In February, WTI futures fell from a 3-year high of more than $66 to less than $60 per barrel but have since recovered almost 70% of that value. Was this a temporary adjustment ...

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Posted 3 months agoOpinion > Art Bermanoil price

The U.S. Over-Supply of Oil is Ending

The U.S. over-supply of oil is ending. Comparative inventory (C.I.) has been dramatically reduced in 2017. Levels have fallen 159 mmb since February and are now approaching the 5-year average for the first time in nearly 3 years (Figure 1). Figure 1. The U.S. Over-Supply of Oil is Ending. Sou ...

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Posted 7 months agoOpinion > United StatesOilOver-Supply +2

U.S. Inventory Reductions Probably Not Sustainable

The decline in U.S. comparative inventories since February is the most significant oil market development since prices collapsed three years ago. It means that U.S. demand has exceeded supply for most of the last 5 months. The main cause is lower net imports, not higher domestic consumption, and th ...

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Posted 10 months agoOpinion > Art BermanThe Petroleum Truth Report

Permian Reserves May Be Much Smaller Than You Think

We are entering a new age of American energy dominance according to Energy Secretary  Rick Perry . President Trump reflected that view in  comments  he made last week that “…we've got underneath us more oil than anybody, and nobody knew it until five years ago.” Trump was referring to tight oil pr ...

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Posted 11 months agoOpinion > Art BermanPermianPresident Trump

Shale Gas Is Not A Revolution

Shale gas is not a revolution. It's just another play with a somewhat higher cost structure but larger resource base than conventional gas. The marginal cost of shale gas production is $4/mmBtu despite popular but incorrect narratives that it is lower. The average spot price of gas has been $3.77 ...

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Posted 11 months agoOpinion > Art BermanThe Petroleum Truth ReportShale Gas

Energy Nonsense From the Wall Street Journal

The lead editorial in Friday's Wall Street Journal  was pure energy nonsense. “Lessons of the Energy Export Boom”  proclaimed that the United States is becoming the oil and gas superpower of the world. This despite the uncomfortable fact that it is also the world's biggest importer of crude oil. ...

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Posted 1 year agoOpinion > Art BermanThe Petroleum Truth ReportUSA +1

OPEC Extends Cuts, Oil Prices Fall: What It Means

OPEC extended oil production cuts last week and oil prices plunged. OPEC's goal was to keep a floor under current prices but the market expected the cartel to move prices higher through inventory reduction. OPEC was satisfied with greater revenues from higher prices compared to a year ago, but the ...

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Posted 1 year agoOpinion > Art BermanThe Petroleum Truth ReportOPEC

Strong Natural Gas Prices And Tight Supply In 2017

A year ago, most analysts were bearish about natural gas prices.    I wrote that natural gas prices might double and they did. Today, most analysts are again bearish about gas prices and again, I think that they are probably wrong at least for 2017. The mainstream narrative  is that new pipeline ...

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Posted 1 year agoOpinion > Art BermanThe Petroleum Truth Reportnatural gas

Oil Prices Plunge To Where They Should Be

WTI oil prices plunged to almost $45 per barrel yesterday (Figure 1). That was a downward adjustment to where prices should be based supply, demand and inventory fundamentals. Figure 1. Oil Prices Are Testing a $45 Floor. Source: EIA, CBOE, Bloomberg and Labyrinth Consulting Services, Inc. Ana ...

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Posted 1 year agoOpinion > Art BermanThe Petroleum Truth Reportoil price

OPEC Production Cuts and The Long Road To Market Balance

Global oil inventories are falling because of OPEC and non-OPEC production cuts but the road to market balance will be long. Production cuts have removed approximately 1.8 million barrels per day (mmb/d) of liquids from the world market since November 2016 (Figure 1). Figure 1. OPEC-NOPEC Have ...

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Posted 1 year agoOpinion > The Petroleum Truth ReportArt BermanOPEC

Low Break-Even Prices Are For Everyone–Not Just Shale Companies

Shale companies have pushed break-even oil prices below $40 per barrel—but so have major oil companies. Analysts commonly portray cost reduction as something unique to the tight oil companies. Data from annual reports filed with the U.S. SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) suggests otherwise. ...

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Posted 1 year agoOpinion > Art BermanThe Petroleum Truth ReportShale +1

Shale Cost Reductions Are 10% Technology and 90% Industry Bust

I am tired of hearing about the unbelievable impact of technology on collapsing U.S. shale production costs. The truth is that these claims are  unbelievable. The savings are real but only about 10% is from advances in technology. About 90% is because the oil industry is in a depression and oil fi ...

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Posted 1 year agoOpinion > Art BermanThe Petroleum Truth ReportShale +1

Oil Prices Plunge: Over-Reaction or Turning Point?

Oil prices plunged yesterday. Is this an over-reaction or a turning point? WTI futures fell $2.86 from $53.14 to $50.28 per barrel, and Brent futures dropped $3.81 from $55.92 to $52.11 per barrel. WTI is trading below $49 and Brent, below $52 per barrel at this writing. The apparent cause was a ...

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Posted 1 year agoOpinion > Art Bermanoil price