Wrap – Week Ended 2/13/15


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Rig Count Watch: From the Thursday post with rigs updated for Friday's new number. Contrary to talking head commentary this isn't just vertical rigs coming out of play. The U.S. lower 48 horizontal count is now off 347 rigs or 25% from it's peak in late November 2014. Verticals are off 44% but are the smaller piece of the drop at down 168 rigs.  

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12 Responses to “Wrap – Week Ended 2/13/15”

  1. 1
    brodway Says:

    98 bottles of beer on the wall (i mean rigs)…..they keep falling hard. 

    last 3 weeks alone close to 300 rigs out of service?  

  2. 2
    gdr Says:

    Sorry to be clueless, but when you said this on the Friday post, did you mean to imply that th consumer will no longer be enjoying $2 gasoline as oil prices will be notably higher?

    Wyoming in answering some questions about rigs and frac spreads for us added that 2016 is going to be a big wake up call for the consumer and we completely agree. 

  3. 3
    zman Says:

    re 1 – if only it were a laughing matter

    re 2 – yes, exactly. US production flattens out. The world adds 1+ mm bopd of demand in 2015 and again in 2016. 

  4. 4
    Baylor Says:

    re 3, so does that mean, if all went according to plan / model (does that ever happen? :).  not in my line of work), that we'd expect a rather large ramp in rigs in 2016 to rush back in and grow production to take advantage of the higher prices and if so, how quickly can rigs come back online and we get to do it all over again?

  5. 5
    brodway Says:

    re: 3

    the faster they fall, the faster we get back on track as it would mean mission accomplished for OPEC. if it sounds like laughter, then its only masking the tears. 

  6. 6
    zman Says:

    Weather Watch: 

    • Last week's weather: Natural Gas Population Weighted Heating Degree Days came in at 197 vs 205 normal and 221 in the preceding which helped generate last week's 160 Bcf sub par withdrawal.
    • This week's forecast: HDDs are forecast to balloon to  260 vs 193 normal for this week of the year. 
  7. 7
    zman Says:

    re 4 – they should be pretty gradual in the way they come back. E&Ps are going to need to believe in the oil price as being stable before adding back a big swell of rigs. Even the stronger balance sheet names are talking late 2015 to early 2016 as the earliest they see adding a rig or two back. 

  8. 8
    RMD Says:

    Barrons interview with 4 decent folks (FIDO, etc) managed to say little new imo.  Most would wisely not take a guess on oil prices (one guessed into the $30s);  $60-70 again suggested to be where rigs go back to work.

  9. 9
    zman Says:

    re 8 – $60 to $70 is not it for the bulk of rigs, at least not in appreciable size and not for some time (if it went over $60 and stayed there for several months then 1H16 some come back.  My comments come from talking to some managements, listening to recent call language, but also from speaking with people who manage rig and frac crews at the company man level and have to do the firing, not guessing, at least not on the bulk of the rigs. The number where you see them come back, after some stability is likely higher, at least $75 I'm told.  

  10. 10
    zman Says:

    Complete Hogwash Watch:


  11. 11
    zman Says:

    If there is a silver lining let it be that this may not be Bakken crude:


  12. 12
    choices Says:

    I think it is Bakken crude:

    "The train consisted of two locomotives and 109 rail cars and was travelling from North Dakota to Yorktown, Virginia."

    Appears that you are getting an ice storm in Little Rock, Z;  sympathies to the people who have to commute in that stuff.

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