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U.S. October Oil Production Rebounds After Hurricane Ida



  • While overall US production was up, a better indication of the health of the US oil industry can be gleaned by looking more closely at the on-shore L48 states.
  • In August there were close to 211 oil rigs operating in Texas. By the last week of October, 233 oil rigs were operating, an increase of 22 rigs and production was down.
  • Since the end of September, the addition of rigs in the Permian basin has accelerated over the average rate as the red graph breaks away to the upside from the green trend line.

Oil Storage tank in the port in Tsing Yi, Hong Kong

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A guest post by Ovi

All of the oil (C + C) production data for the US state charts comes from the EIA's Petroleum Supply monthly PSM.

U.S. October production rebounded by 651 kb/d to

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Ron Patterson is a retired Computer Engineer. He spent five years in Saudi Arabia working for Saudi ARAMCO. He has followed the peak oil story since 2000. Ron started blogging on peak oil in 2013. His web site, PeakOilBarrel.com is one of the most followed blogs on the subject. Ron's interest are geology, biology, paleontology, and ecology. His hobbies are blogging and kayak sailing. Ron is now retired and turned over the administration of the site to Dennis Coyne. Ron is still an active participant on the site and guests now provide timely posts.

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Comments (3)

Dennis, regarding NGL growth outstripping gas or crude growth:

Yes, it could be a shift to wetter gas (e.g. associated gas versus dry percentages, within pre-processed gas).

But I think the much bigger factor is higher recovery factors of the NGLs that were always there but not well recovered earlier. There has a steady trend of addition of NGL processing plants, pipelines, export terminals, flaring reduction, etc. (There’s even a business in moving “used” NGL processing plants out of old conventional areas to where they are needed now!)

Even so, there are still large amounts of unrecovered NGLs as well as “rejected” ethane. For example Cabot corporation deliberately dilutes SEPA Marcellus wet gas with Deep Utica dry gas. They’ve done the math and decided the cost of extracting and marketing the NGLs is not worth it, so they just mix it into another stream that is at the “high end” of salable dry gas. It is very routine for people looking at the NGL industry (and meeting future demand) to not even worry about drilling, but just about getting higher recovery factors over time.

This video (click on image) is a little dated, and is ethane centric, but shows some of the dynamics in the industry.


P.s. Dennis you are correct versus Ron. NGLs are a component of the wet gas stream. And GOR measures pre-processed (wet) gas versus oil. So if GOR goes up, the ratio of both methane and NGLs to C&C should increase. I'm always surprised when someone who has been an amateur oil and gas analyst for over a decade doesn't know some of these basic FAQ type things. And on top of that is pretty bold and harsh in stating his mistakes (versus asking questions, giving caveats).
The high AUG value for NM looks strange. I expect it to get revised back down. Or SEP/OCT revised up. Or some of each.

Same for TX, probably too, but that's a more complex state with hurricane impact, etc. But NM is a Permian pure play.

Just don't think production rose so much in AUG and then went down in SEP and OCT. Not with the number of rigs and spreads running.
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nice charts.
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