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Oil Market Jigsaw Puzzle: Putting The Pieces Together

THE data has long told us that the efficiency of the US shale oil process is constantly improving. For instance, the above chart shows that in just in one shale-oil field in the US - the Bakken in North Dakota and Montana - the amount of oil each well can produce improved by 72% between January and...
» Written by John Richardson on Friday, August 26, 2016

Oil price, Sound Energy, Victoria Oil & Gas, Falcon Oil & Gas, And finally...

Oil price A lot of to-ing and fro-ing in the oil markets which will probably end up slightly down on the week. After the poor inventory stats yesterday was up, partly as Iran confirmed that it would attend the Opec 'meeting' in Algeria and partly as there was a spot of bother in Gulf between the US...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Friday, August 26, 2016

It will take more than giving people a share in shale gas profits to sway public opinion on fracking

Britain is due to receive its first delivery of shale gas imported from the US, which will arrive at Grangemouth petrochemical plant in Scotland next month. That the UK is importing a tanker-full of shale gas from the US despite sitting on substantial resources of its own reveals just how far advanc...
» Written by Joseph Dutton on Thursday, August 25, 2016

Oil price, SDX Energy, Sound Energy, Cape, Premier Oil, Independent Oil & Gas, And finally...

Oil price The machine works and we know this because we have seen it in action many times before when we need a little tickle on the oil price. As I mentioned on Monday the machine that really started in early August has continued to deliver faith when little was justified. With big players such as...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Wednesday, August 24, 2016


From fracking to flatulence: the all-out assault on methane

What is the 'biggest unfinished business for the Obama administration?' According to a report from Bill McKibben, the outspoken climate alarmist who calls for all fossil fuels to be kept in the ground, it is 'to establish tight rules on methane emissions'—emissions that he blames on the 'rapid...
» Written by Marita Noon on Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Saudi Permian: A Race To The Bottom For Tight Oil

Remember the shale gale and Saudi America? The scale of those outlandish delusions has now dwindled to plays in a few counties in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico. Saudi Permian. It's a race to the bottom as investors double down on the tight oil companies that can still tell a growth story. ...
» Written by Art Berman on Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Case for Offshore Steam

When we talk to folk in the industry, about our plans to steam the Pilot, Elke & Narwhal fields in the middle of the Central North Sea, sometimes we get a pretty sceptical reaction, sometimes we don't. I prefer it when we get to talk positively about the potential of steaming offshore reservoirs, b...
» Written by Steve Brown on Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Malcy's Flash Blog: FAR Limited/Cairn

Far Limited/Cairn Briefly this morning I notice that things are moving on apace in Senegal with an announcement by Far. They have increased their contingent resource number by 14% to 641m barrels and say that the field 'has the credentials to support a potential development. It seems that whatever ...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fracking's Future

Hydraulic fracturing has been a hugely controversial subject in many countries and has increasingly become the focus of legislation in the US. The state of Colorado has seen the most recent push for new restrictions - activists have obtained over 200,000 signatures to introduce two new initiatives o...
» Written by Jacob Halevy on Monday, August 22, 2016

Oil price, Egdon Resources, Europa Oil & Gas, Bowleven, And finally...

Oil price Going, going, gone as the Brent price over 50 bucks went over the top in early trading this morning. I am also reminded that having not taken out the $52.51 resistance that even the chartists see a bit of a wobble. As for the non-chartists, they cant believe how the price got up here in t...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Monday, August 22, 2016

Monetization options for emerging and future gas producers (LNG-CNG-Downstream options)

The recent years many emerging gas producers are examining their options regarding the most beneficial monetization options or a combination of them for their vast gas reserves. Some emerging gas producers are Cyprus and Israel (already produces gas from the Tamar gas field), Myanmar in South East A...
» Written by Thanos Pitatzis on Monday, August 22, 2016

Global Land Rig Market to see Further Compression in 2016, with Recovery Forecast for the Next Four Years

Analysis of International Frontier Markets The international rig fleet is a critical enabler of global energy production but the quantity and quality of available information on both the international rig fleet and demand has historically been limited, particularly in core markets such as the Middl...
» Written by Katy Smith on Friday, August 19, 2016

Oil price, Independent Oil & Gas, Premier, Sundry-Tullow-Aminex-Bucket list-And finally...

Oil price Brent hasn't been higher since the 23rd of June, roughly at the time that the Saudis started whacking up their production, partly of course to offset domestic use for summer power generation. Production from the KSA was 10.55m b/d in that month, up 280/- b/d according to Reuters and the S...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Friday, August 19, 2016

OPEC is Playing The Emotion Game Again to Support Oil Prices

One of the key factors which supported oil prices recovery last week was the news about some of OPEC's members who are calling once again for an output freeze deal. Positive comments were given by both, Saudi Arabia energy minister Khalid Al-Falih and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, which lay t...
» Written by Alahdal A. Hussein on Friday, August 19, 2016

The Saudis Did NOT See This Coming From US Oil

The hottest oil play in the western world is the Delaware sub-basin of the Permian in SW Texas. Producers are seeing huge increases in flow rates as they figure out proper fracking techniques. Rates are doubling from 1500-3,000 boepd! And payout times for wells are now as low as seven months-at $45 ...
» Written by Keith Schaefer on Thursday, August 18, 2016

Top 5 upstream M&A deals in Canada in 2016 so far

The opening seven months of 2016 have brought a revival in the Canadian E&P space following an extremely lacklustre end to 2015, when very few deals were agreed in light of an uncertain and inhibitive pricing environment. In CanOils latest monthly review of deals in the Canadian E&P space, the larg...
» Written by Mark Young on Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Positive Side of Low Oil Prices

Is there really a positive side for low oil prices? Yes there is, it is just that not many people can read between the lines and look at the big picture in the long term. While low oil prices could be bad for oil companies and their profits in the short term, it is good for the oil industry itself i...
» Written by Alahdal A. Hussein on Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Oil price, Independent Oil & Gas, Rockhopper, Cairn/Far, Wood Group, Sundry-Ithaca-Bucket list- And finally...

Oil price As promised the participants in the 'get the oil price up' story are toeing the line and yesterday Russian and Opec 'officials' met in Vienna to discuss the oil market. By adding almost another dollar, taking Brent close to the magical 5o bucks level and both crudes up nearly 20% so far t...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Wednesday, August 17, 2016

FPS Market to Improve After Difficult Two Years

Introduction The oil price collapse has deeply impacted the floating production systems (FPS) market with orders declining dramatically as operators focused on cutting budgets and redesigning projects. With high costs and long construction periods, the FPS market was one of the worst affected secto...
» Written by Ben Wilby on Wednesday, August 17, 2016
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