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- Natural gas production in the Marcellus shale, which has grown over the past decade from near zero to ~20% of U.S. output, may decline for the first time if prices in the basin remain low for much longer, the U.S. Energy Information Administration says.
- "Relatively low gas prices, combined with low oil prices, have slowed drilling in the Marcellus so production from new wells is only offsetting the decline in old wells," EIA says, expecting Marcellus output to remain flat through 2018 before declining ~1%/year during 2019-25.
- Recent data indicates a potential slowdown: The number of rigs in the area has dwindled to its lowest since 2011, and drillers including Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) and Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE:COG) have temporarily shut in some production due to weak regional prices.
- An inability to move all the gas out of the Marcellus region has depressed prices there compared with the Gulf coast benchmark, the Henry Hub in Louisiana, making it less attractive for local producers to drill more.
- Other top Marcellus producers include RRC, RDS.A, RDS.B, TLM, APC, ATLS, CVX, CNX, EQT, EOG, XOM, WPX, XCO, CRZO, SWN, AR.
Mon, May 18, 7:45 AM
- Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) confirms the selection of a joint venture between CB&I (NYSE:CBI), Chiyoda and Saipem as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the onshore portion of its Mozambique liquefied natural gas development.
- The scope of the work for the LNG park includes two LNG trains, each with capacity of 6M metric tons/year which is an increase of 1M/train over the original plan, and two LNG storage tanks each with capacity of 180K cubic meters, condensate storage, a multi-berth marine jetty and associated utilities and infrastructure.
- APC says it has secured non-binding long-term off-take agreements for more than 8M tons/year of LNG from potential customers and is making progress in turning them into binding sales and purchase deals.
- CBI shares jumped 8% on Friday on initial word of the deal.
Fri, May 15, 11:57 AM
- CB&I (CBI +9.3%) soars following a Bloomberg report that Anadarko Petroleum (APC -0.1%) is poised to select it as the main contractor for construction of a potential $15B liquefied natural gas export project in Mozambique.
- The decision is a milestone for one of the few energy mega-projects around the world to move forward after crude prices collapsed last year; APC believes as much as 75T cf of natural gas may lie in the Area 1 prospect off Mozambique’s shores.
- Shares of Fluor (FLR -1.4%), which had been considered a contender for the project, are lower.
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- Oil production from seven major U.S. shale plays is expected to fall by 86K bbl/day in June, according to the latest report from the Energy Information Administration.
- Oil output at the Eagle Ford shale play in South Texas is forecast to see the biggest decline, down 47K bbl/day, while production at the Bakken shale play, centered in North Dakota, is expected to drop by 31K bbl/day, the report says.
- "The data shows that production in the Bakken and Eagle Ford [plays] peaked in March at 1.33M bbl/day and 1.73M bbl/day, respectively," says WTRG Economics energy economist James Williams.
- Among the top Eagle Ford producers: EOG, BHP, COP, CHK, MRO, APC
- Among the top Bakken producers: CLR, EOG, WLL, HES, XOM, OAS, NOG, EOX, MRO
Wed, May 6, 12:17 PM
- Anadarko Petroleum (APC +1.2%) plans to take part in tenders for exploration of two deepwater gas and oil blocks in Bulgaria's Black Sea waters, according to a Bulgarian senior official.
- Statoil and Exxon have said they will consider bidding in the tenders for the Silistar and Teres offshore blocks, which cover respective areas of 7K and 4K sq. km; Shell and the Turkish government also have started deepwater exploration in Turkish waters of the Black Sea just a few km from the two blocks.
- Bulgaria, eager to reduce its near total dependence on Russian gas, expects bids in September.
Tue, May 5, 11:37 AM
- Anadarko Petroleum (APC -0.8%) CEO Al Walker says the company is not in talks to sell its multi-billion dollar stake in Mozambique's gas reserves and is instead working toward a final investment decision on the planned liquefied natural gas project.
- Reports had said APC was considering a sale of up to its full 26.5% stake in Mozambique's offshore Area 1 license in the Rovuma Basin, which holds more than 75T cf of recoverable gas, but Walker says the company is not in discussions and has not hired a banker to run a sale process.
- The CEO also says during APC's earnings conference call that crude oil prices would need to be higher for a longer period of time before the company considers going back into growth mode.
Mon, May 4, 5:59 PM
- Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) is little changed after-hours after reporting a wider than expected Q1 loss and a 60% Y/Y drop in revenues, hurt by the collapse in energy prices.
- Excluding one-time items - the largest was a $3.7B writedown of the value of the Greater Natural Buttes field in Utah - APC reported a loss of $0.72/share.
- However, APC says it delivered a quarterly record for sales volumes averaging 920K boe/day, a total of ~83M boe, vs. 789K boe/day in the year-ago period, with gains driven mostly by shale wells in the Wattenberg field in Colorado and the Eagle Ford in Texas.
- In the Wattenberg field, APC's sales volume increase totaled more than 85K boe/day Y/Y and more than 20K boe/day Q/Q, while lowering drilling and completion costs to $3.4M from $4M per well; in the Eagle Ford, APC achieved a new gross processed production record of more than 275K boe/day while reducing average drilling costs per well by 14% Q/Q.
- APC's overall operating expense per boe fell 17% in the quarter.
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Mon, Apr. 27, 5:13 PM
- Select energy E&P stocks are ready to be bought on weakness following the recent rally in the space, Cowen says as it names Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC), Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) and Range Resources (NYSE:RRC) its top picks; the three are started at Outperform with respective price targets of $72, $216 and $73.
- Cowen says its top picks have low-cost assets and high quality balance sheets that will allow them to emerge from the oil price downturn with higher margins.
- Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN), Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL) and Cimarex Energy (NYSE:XEC) also are initiated with Outperform rating, while Apache (NYSE:APA) and Continental Resources (NYSE:CLR) are started at Market Perform.
Wed, Apr. 22, 6:53 PM
- Nomura came out bullish today on the energy E&P sector - issuing Buy ratings for MRO, PXD, EOG, CLR, APC, NFX, RRC, CNQ, CXO, ECA and SU - even as the firm does not foresee a V-shaped rebound in crude oil prices.
- Nomura believes core North American shale plays do not represent the economic marginal cost of supply in the world, which runs counter to commonly held views that largely see shale occupying the high end of the cost curve; thus as oil rebounds, so will investment in the shales, which should support prices, the firm says.
- In such an environment, Nomura says selecting stocks will depend on factors such as ”the reinvestment opportunity set, impact of oilfield technology, continued efficiencies, potential new geologic plays, management acumen and balance sheet strength."
- The firm is Neutral on DVN, HES, MUR, OAS, UPL, WLL, XEC, COG, COP and SWN; it rates NBL, APA, DNR, CHK and CVE as Reduce.
Fri, Apr. 17, 2:29 PM
- Anadarko Petroleum (APC -1.4%) is considering selling its multi-billion dollar stake in Mozambique's gas reserves, with Exxon Mobil (XOM -1.5%) and Qatar Petroleum showing interest, Reuters reports.
- APC reportedly could sell up to its full 26.5% stake in Mozambique's offshore Area 1 license in the Rovuma Basin; Area 1 holds more than 75T cf of recoverable gas, enough to meet at least four years of total European gas demand.
- The last Area 1 sale - a 10% stake that went for $2.64B in 2013 to India's ONGC - was seen as overpriced, and oil and gas prices have since plunged, making it difficult to value APC's asset.
- XOM could be the front-runner after Shell dropped out following its planned merger with BG Group, which will give it access to large gas assets in neighboring Tanzania.
Wed, Apr. 15, 12:32 PM
- Anadarko Petroleum (APC +2.1%) says it may close sales accords in the coming months that would enable it to authorize a Mozambican project that has the potential to make the country one of the top three liquefied natural gas exporters.
- A final investment decision depends on converting a non-binding heads of agreement that the APC-led project has in place for 8M metric tons/year of gas with customers in Japan, China, Thailand and Singapore into a sales contract.
- APC’s Area 1 and Eni’s (NYSE:E) Area 4 in the Rovuma Basin off Mozambique’s north coast together hold technically recoverable reserves of 120T cf, according to industry consultant Wood Mackenzie.
Thu, Apr. 9, 7:21 PM
- Radon levels have been rising measurably in Pennsylvania since 2004, when the fracking industry began drilling natural gas wells in the state, according to a new report by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
- The report does not pinpoint the exact cause of rising radon readings or explicitly tie it to any activity, but it says that buildings in counties where natural gas is most actively being extracted have in the past decade had much higher radon measurements than buildings in low-activity areas, where no such discrepancies were found before 2004.
- Pennsylvania has long been known to have some of the highest indoor radon levels in the U.S., but the researchers say fracking of the Marcellus shale formation could exacerbate pathways for radon to enter buildings.
- Top Marcellus Shale producers include CHK, RRC, RDS.A, RDS.B, TLM, APC, ATLS, COG, CVX, CNX, EQT, EOG, XOM, WPX, XCO, CRZO, SWN, AR.
Thu, Apr. 9, 12:22 PM
- Statoil (STO +0.4%) says it made an oil discovery at its Miocene Yeti prospect in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, but is still determining the size of the discovery in order to consider future appraisal options.
- STO says its drilling efficiency on Yeti is among the best of any well drilled in Walker Ridge, achieving a rate of 400 ft./day.
- STO is the Yeti operator with 50% interest, partnering with Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) with a 37.5% stake and Samson Oil owning 12.5% (NYSEMKT:SSN).
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