Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas Dist. 7B, 7C, 8, 8A, 9, 10
The hurricane of in-field activity cutbacks is moving toward landfall. Hart Energy’s Unconventional Activity Tracker fell 11 units, or 2%, this past week led by a nine-unit decline in the Permian Basin. Rig count declines were recorded in most of the major plays although the Marcellus and Utica held steady at zero change versus last week. That story was also true for the liquids-rich plays, and the traditional dry gas plays.
Survival mode has returned to the oil and gas sector, Wood Mackenzie says.
This week’s rig count produced a false positive, essentially reporting the activity level in effect shortly before oil markets cratered from the OPEC + dissolution and the ensuing draconian retrenchment in E&P 2020 capex.
The U.S. oil drilling rig count rose for a second week in a row despite a massive drop in both oil and natural gas prices this week and projections by many analysts that the number of rigs will fall as producers deepen their spending cuts on new drilling.
This week, declines of one unit each in the Marcellus and Bakken seemed mild compared to a three-rig drop in the Anadarko Basin. But the Permian largely offsets those regional weaknesses.