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On OPEC Day, US Operators Focused On Making Better Wells Instead

While the rest of the world focused on OPEC on November 30, US operators were focused on making their tight oil wells more effective with cutting edge innovation. I spent OPEC day in Houston with 35 senior US completions executives at the Darcy Completions Forum , squarely focused on emerging tech ...

Joseph Triepke - Infill Thinking


Posted 2 months agoOpinion > completionsFrackingTechnology +2

What has gone wrong with oil prices, debt, and GDP growth?

Our economy is a mystery to almost everyone, including economists. Let me explain the way I see the situation: (1) The big thing that pulls the economy forward is the time-shifting nature of debt and debt-like instruments . If we want any kind of specialization, we need some sort of long-term ob ...

Gail Tverberg


Posted 2 months agoOpinion > Gail Tverbergoil price

2017: The Year When the World Economy Starts Coming Apart

Some people would argue that 2016 was the year that the world economy started to come apart, with the passage of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Whether or not the “coming apart” process started in 2016, in my opinion we are going to see many more steps in this direction in 2017. Let me ex ...

Gail Tverberg


Posted 1 month agoOpinion > Gail Tverberg

Oops! The economy is like a self-driving car

Back in 1776, Adam Smith talked about the “invisible hand” of the economy. Investopedia explains how the invisible hand works as, “In a free market economy, self-interested individuals operate through a system of mutual interdependence to promote the general benefit of society at large.” We talk ...

Gail Tverberg


Posted 4 days agoOpinion > Gail Tverberg

Oil Prices Running Out Of Reasons To Rally

Oil prices faltered at the start of the second week of the year, as fears set in about a rapid rebound in U.S. shale production. For the better part of two months, optimism surrounding the OPEC deal has buoyed oil prices, but bullish sentiment from speculators are showing early signs of abating, rai ...

Oilprice Staff


Posted 1 month agoOpinion > oilpriceoil price

The Top 5 Places To Work In U.S. Oil And Gas

Anadarko Petroleum and Chevron have emerged as the top two employers in U.S. oil and gas, according to a survey conducted by the job site Indeed. The top five for the industry was completed by Plains All American at #3, Occidental Petroleum at #4, and Noble Energy at #5. Indeed said that it ran ...

Oilprice Staff


Posted 1 month agoOpinion > oilpriceAnadarko CorporationChevron Corporation +3

The Oil War Is Only Just Getting Started

It's been a month now that investors and analysts have been closely watching two main drivers for oil prices: how OPEC is doing with the supply-cut deal, and how U.S. shale is responding to fifty-plus-dollar oil with rebounding drilling activity. Those two main factors are largely neutralizing each ...

Oilprice Staff


Posted 23 days agoOpinion > oil priceoil warBP

Crude correlations about crude oil can shed light on changes

Statistical correlations are interesting things. One of my favorite websites, and now a book, is Spurious Correlations . The site's author looks at seemingly unrelated data sets that correlate in interesting ways. For example, there is a high degree of statistical correlation between the per capita ...

OilVoice Press


Posted 29 days agoOpinion > PlattsCrude

Permian returns are producing all of the oil drilling drama

In the last year, commodity prices have improved considerably. While oil prices were sub-$40/b in early 2016, producers were cutting back on new drilling and focusing on efficiencies — by cutting costs and concentrating drilling in the highest initial production (IP) rate counties — to get the most ...

OilVoice Press


Posted 26 days agoOpinion > PlattsPermian

Could 3-D printers hasten peak oil demand? – Fuel for Thought

A global transition away from oil and gas is well underway as booming renewable energy sources and electric cars portend major changes for the industry. Last week BP outlined the challenges ahead, but the company's crystal ball has yet to focus on the disruptive potential from what may be the bigg ...

OilVoice Press


Posted 18 days agoOpinion > Platts3D Printeroil demand

DW Monday: Obama’s Legacy

As President Obama leaves the Oval Office on Friday, he leaves a legacy of mixed fortunes for the energy industry. While many in the business have been vocal critics of the 44 th President and some of his more controversial legislations, there have been a number of positive aspects that occurred u ...

OilVoice Press


Posted 1 month agoOpinion > DW MondayObamaDonald Trump

Rethinking the WTI/gold ratio as oil fundamentals change

Maybe it's time to scrap these oil vs. gold comparisons. It's possible the historic relationship has collapsed into a new normal, and anybody trading an arbitrage expecting a return to the old norm might have a long, long wait. We first took a year-end look at the spread between oil and gold severa ...

OilVoice Press


Posted 1 month agoOpinion > PlattsGoldWTI +1

Has tight oil put ‘peak oil’ to rest? Not so fast: Fuel for Thought

Eighteen years ago, the International Energy Agency made an alarming and, by its own admission, controversial prediction. Global conventional oil output would peak well before 2020, it said, based on global oil reserve modeling of the day. Pondering the potential repercussions of Peak Oil for the f ...

OilVoice Press


Posted 2 months agoOpinion > Tight OilPeak OilPlatts

What could $65/b WTI mean for oil production in the Permian?

Clearly, the alleged deal between OPEC members and other cooperative nations has generated a fair amount of optimism among market participants. However, given so many unknowns and the near term mentality of the agreement, what the future may hold with respect to production and prices is, to say the ...

OilVoice Press


Posted 2 months agoOpinion > oil priceOPECPermian

Don’t Hold Your Breath For $70 Oil

It is more likely that oil prices will fall below $50 per barrel than that they will continue to rise toward $70. Prices have increased beyond supply and demand fundamentals because of premature expectations about the effects of an OPEC production cut on oil inventories. Last week's 13.8 million b ...

Art Berman - The Petroleum Truth Report


Posted 9 days agoOpinion > Art BermanThe Petroleum Truth Reportoil price

The Keystone XL Pipeline: A Risky Bet on Higher Oil Prices and Tight Oil

The Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL) is a bet on much higher oil prices several years from now.  It will take at least $85 oil prices to develop the new oil sand projects needed to fill the pipeline. It is also a bet that U.S. tight oil output will continue to grow and will need heavy oil to blend for ...

Art Berman - The Petroleum Truth Report


Posted 19 days agoOpinion > Art BermanKeystone XL Pipeline

The 10 largest upstream impairments recorded in U.S. oil & gas in 2016

Impairments and write-downs in the U.S. oil and gas industry were brought right back into focus by ExxonMobil's admission in October 2016 that it might have to write-down the value of some of its E&P assets around the world. ExxonMobil, in what would be a significant change in accounting policy, ...

Mark Young


Posted 2 months agoOpinion > Evaluate EnergyUnited States2016 +2

Trump Wants Answers on Africa

Days before Donald Trump's inauguration as US President, the transition team asked some tricky questions about Africa. President-elect Donald Trump has had extraordinarily little to say about Africa. With rapidly growing populations in its 54 nations, Africa includes six of the world's top ten fas ...

Aydanur Akkurt - Africa Oil & Power


Posted 1 month agoOpinion > Donald TrumpAfricaChina +6

Maximize Efficiency and Minimize Budgets with UAVs

In oil and gas projects, the need to make the most of funding and resources during the early stages of a project has become clearer than ever. In addition, today's oil and gas project managers are under pressure to make sure they make efficient use of the time they have so that the project can start ...

Dustin Price


Posted 4 days agoOpinion > Oil and GasUAVdrones +3

2016 review: A winning year for shale

North American shale development has been a clear winner during 2016 despite the low oil price during the year. Shale operators managed to increase efficiencies during the year, with wells producing larger volumes at lower costs. This has resulted in a very resilient shale oil production in the US, ...

Julia Weiss


Posted 2 months agoOpinion > 2016ShaleRystad Energy
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