One other Ignorant Forecast of the Demise of the Shale Increase

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From the perpetually fallacious Nick Cunningham at Oil Worth Dot Com…

US Shale Manufacturing Is Set For A Steep Decline
By Nick Cunningham – Oct 01, 2019

U.S. oil manufacturing fell in July, one other worrying signal for the shale trade.

The most recent EIA information reveals that oil output fell sharply in July, dipping by 276,000 barrels per day. The lower might be chalked as much as outages associated to a hurricane that pressured oil corporations to quickly idle operations within the Gulf of Mexico. Offshore Gulf of Mexico manufacturing plunged by 332,000 bpd in July.

In consequence, the dip in output would possibly simply be dismissed as a one-off aberration. Nonetheless, U.S. output has stagnated in 2019, ending a number of years of explosive shale development. In comparison with December 2018, whole U.S. manufacturing was solely up 44,000 in June 2019, which primarily signifies that regardless of heady forecasts and many hype, U.S. shale has plateaued this 12 months.

As a result of the Permian drives a lot of the expansion and instructions a lot of the consideration, it’s instructive to take a look at Texas. The most recent EIA information reveals that Texas boosted manufacturing by 40,000 bpd in July from a month earlier, which isn’t trivial, however down sharply from the triple-digit month-to-month features routinely posted all through a lot of 2017 and 2018. Yr-to-date, Texas has solely added 125,000 bpd, a quite modest determine. The state added 474,000 bpd within the first seven months of 2018 by comparability.


For shale drillers, the issue is made worse by the truth that they’re dealing with monetary stress and the prospect of persistently low costs. The rig depend has fallen sharply, down roughly 20 p.c since final November. Drillers are chopping again, hoping to enhance their money move place amid investor scrutiny.


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At no level does Mr. Cunningham cite something that helps the notion that “US Shale Manufacturing Is Set For A Steep Decline”. The hurricane-related shut-in of Gulf of Mexico manufacturing is completely unrelated to the Permian Basin and “shale” performs usually.

Hurricanes and the Obama maladministration’s illegal drilling moratorium/permit-torium are apparent on this manufacturing plot:

Determine 1. U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil manufacturing (US EIA)

Most, if not all of that 332,000 bbl/d is already again on-line. GOM manufacturing is on observe to exceeding 2 million bbl/d in early 2020.

A slowdown in development just isn’t a steep decline. As superior because the Permian Basin is, manufacturing development can’t perpetually speed up. Mr. Cunningham did be aware that falling oil costs are an element… It’s truly the one issue. The truth that each oil properly ever drilled displays a decline curve, signifies that the one strategy to keep and/or improve manufacturing is to maintain drilling.

The Baker Hughes rig depend for the Permian Basin fairly properly tracks the value of crude oil (WTI).

Determine 2. Baker Hughes Permian Basin rig depend and WTI.

The rig depend has been falling with the value of crude oil since December 2018. With the rig depend falling, the speed of manufacturing development has slowed down, however “U.S. shale” has not “plateaued this 12 months.”

The EIA tracks the month-to-month productiveness adjustments for tight oil and shale fuel performs. The September 2019 Drilling Productiveness Report: For key tight oil and shale fuel areas reveals that U.S. tight oil performs are nonetheless rising, with nearly the entire development within the Permian Basin.

Determine three. Month-over-month change in crude oil manufacturing for U.S. tight oil performs.

The entire areas, besides the Haynesville, exhibited continued will increase in productiveness (new-well oil manufacturing per rig). The Haynesville is sort of solely a fuel play.

New Permian Basin wells are almost eight occasions as productive as they have been in 2010.

Determine four. Productiveness = Extra outcomes per unit of effort. (US EIA Drilling Productiveness Report)

Whereas the speed of manufacturing development has slowed, there’s no “plateau” in sight…

Determine 5. Peak Oil my @$$. (US EIA Drilling Productiveness Report)

Mr. Cunningham then went with the “however, however, however, they’ll’t become profitable” angle, citing himself within the course of…

For shale drillers, the issue is made worse by the truth that they’re dealing with monetary stress and the prospect of persistently low costs

Nick Cunningham

August 21, 2019

In a outstanding turnaround, the second quarter of 2019 is the primary three-month interval on file when US shale operators achieved optimistic money move from operations after accounting for capital expenditures, in response to Rystad Vitality.

Rystad Vitality – the unbiased power analysis and consultancy in Norway with places of work throughout the globe – has studied the monetary efficiency of 40 devoted US shale oil corporations, specializing in money move from working actions (CFO). That is the money that’s out there to broaden the enterprise (by way of capital expenditure, or capex), scale back debt, or return to shareholders.

Within the second quarter of 2019, 35% of operators within the peer group balanced their spending with operational money move, and reported an gathered $110 million surplus in CFO versus capex.


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Whereas the extra profitable shale gamers, like EOG and Cabot, have been producing free money move for the previous a number of years, the much less profitable corporations are catching up.

Determine 6. Free money move is what permits corporations to purchase again inventory, repay debt, pursue M&A alternatives, and many others.

Optimistic working money move is crucial for staying in enterprise. It means your operations are producing greater than sufficient income to cowl your working prices. Free money move is like Nirvana. It signifies that your operations are producing greater than sufficient income to cowl your working prices (OpEx) and your capital expenditures (CapEx).

Money Movement
Money move is the web quantity of money and money equivalents being transferred into and out of an organization. Optimistic money move signifies that an organization’s liquid belongings are rising, enabling it to settle money owed, reinvest in its enterprise, return cash to shareholders and pay bills. Money move is reported on the money move assertion, which incorporates three sections detailing actions. These three sections are money move from working actions, investing actions and financing actions.

Free Money Movement
Free money move (FCF) is the money an organization produces by way of its operations after subtracting any outlays of money for funding in mounted belongings like property, plant and gear. In different phrases, free money move or FCF is the money left over after an organization has paid its working bills and capital expenditures.

Free money move reveals how successfully an organization generates and makes use of its money. Free money move is used to measure whether or not an organization has sufficient money, after funding operations and capital expenditures, to pay buyers by way of dividends and share buybacks. To calculate FCF, we’d subtract capital expenditures from money move from operations. (See “What’s the Formulation for Calculating Free Money Movement?“)


It’s not straightforward to generate free money move on this enterprise, standard or unconventional. Oil and fuel exploration and manufacturing (E&P) could be very capital-intensive. Corporations with strong working money flows and EBIDAX usually don’t generate free money move as a result of their CapEx. It was truly harder when oil was over $100/bbl, as a result of the price of doing enterprise goes up and down with the value of oil.

Idiots and decline curves

The shale doomsayers will usually latch onto decline charges. Shale and different tight reservoirs (unconventional) typically exhibit steeper decline charges than standard wells.

Determine 7. Comparability of common decline charges for “shale” and deepwater GOM (Gulf of Mexico) wells. (Rystad Vitality)

“Shale” does have a couple of benefits over deepwater GOM:

Nearly no exploration threat.Decrease drilling and working prices.On manufacturing sooner.

Nonetheless, the steep decline curves necessitate the next operational tempo to keep up and/or develop manufacturing.

Determine eight. It takes about 400-500 drilling rigs to keep up and/or improve Permian Basin oil manufacturing. It solely takes 20-40 rigs to keep up and/or improve GOM oil manufacturing. The Permian Basin accounts for almost 2/three of Texas oil manufacturing. The rig counts are just for rigs drilling oil prospects/growth wells.

That stated, the decline charges for “shale” wells aren’t some kind of Achilles Heal. A remark to my final publish linked to a really frackingly silly article, suggesting that the decline charge prompted the oil to “vaporize…

Extra Than 50% Of The Mighty Permian’s 2018 Oil Manufacturing Has Vaporized


As darkish clouds collect on the monetary horizon, large hassle is brewing within the U.S. Shale Oil Business.  Whereas most People are centered on the Mainstream media’s protection of the continuing Washington D.C. circus, the true risk to the home economic system lies within the nation’s oil heartland.  And, if we take a look at what’s going down in america’ largest shale oil area, the indicators are troubling.

The Permian Oil Basin in Texas and New Mexico accounts for almost half (46%) of the entire U.S. shale oil manufacturing.   Based on the info from, Permian’s oil manufacturing peaked in Might at three.43 million barrels per day.  As a result of huge decline charge, manufacturing within the Permian has stalled this 12 months.

The chart under reveals the Permian oil manufacturing declining although extra wells proceed to be introduced on-line.  Sadly, there aren’t sufficient wells being added to offset the great decline charge.  You’ll discover how rapidly the oil manufacturing that was added in 2018 (Gentle Blue shade) has declined in simply half a 12 months:




Determine eight. Argh. (EROI SRSrocco REPORT)

Dude! That’s how decline curves work. Each properly ever drilled displays a decline curve. If the decline curve was “killing the flexibility of shale corporations to extend manufacturing,” there would have by no means been a rise in manufacturing.

Determine 9. Manufacturing from new wells – decline of legacy manufacturing = web change… Similar because it ever was. (US EIA Drilling Productiveness Report)

If the shale gamers had drilled no new wells within the Permian Basin since 2010, the decline charges would have performed this to grease manufacturing.

Determine 10. Drill, child, drill or die. (US EIA Drilling Productiveness Report)

A sober evaluation

I’m sober for the time being… However not an goal observer. I not solely work within the evil oil & fuel trade, I’m additionally a YUGE fan of it too. Robert Rapier, then again, is mostly very goal.

Oct three, 2019
U.S. Crude Manufacturing Returns To File Ranges

Robert Rapier Senior Contributor

Have been it not for the explosive development of U.S. oil manufacturing over the previous decade, the latest assaults on Saudi’s oil infrastructure would have undoubtedly had a a lot bigger affect on the world’s oil markets. Now, lower than a month later, the costs of West Texas Intermediate and Brent crude are literally under the costs previous to the assaults.


Again in the summertime, it regarded like that manufacturing development was slowing. Yr-over-year manufacturing development had been slowing since early within the 12 months, and month-to-month manufacturing had been declining heading into summer time. The important thing driver of those developments was that manufacturing development within the vital Permian Basin had plummeted over the previous 12 months.

However that was then and that is now.

Manufacturing began rising once more through the summer time, and final week the Vitality Info Administration (EIA) reported that weekly manufacturing tied the all-time manufacturing file of 12.5 million BPD of U.S. crude oil manufacturing that had been first reached a month in the past. This week’s report confirmed that manufacturing declined barely to 12.four million BPD, however is nonetheless 1.three million BPD greater than it was a 12 months in the past. That’s nonetheless strong year-over-year development, and is greater than it was heading into the summer time.

About half of the 400,000 BPD manufacturing improve since summer time comes from the Permian Basin. Manufacturing there continues to develop, albeit at the slowest tempo in three years.



What a distinction two days could make:

US Shale Manufacturing Is Set For A Steep Decline

Nick Cunningham, BA historical past, U of Maryland, MS worldwide relations, Johns Hopkins. October 1, 2019

U.S. Crude Manufacturing Returns To File Ranges

Robert Rapier. BS chemistry & math, MS chemical engineering, Texas A&M College. October three, 2019

Or perhaps it’s the distinction between ignorance and information of the subject material.

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