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Shareholder’s payout target was increased by 50% after the largest U.S. independent oil producer surpass Wall Street’s earnings estimates on growing energy prices, said Houston-based ConocoPhillips Co. on Aug. 4.

Due to Western sanctions on major producer Russia throttling energy supply amid a rebound in demand from pandemic lows, oil and gas prices have soared. Crude has been trading more than 25% higher since the start of the year and results also benefited from high natural gas prices.

Meanwhile, shares were down a fraction, to $91.03, in early trading but are up about 26% year to date.

Its production outlook for the year was reduced by approximately 1% on disruptions to output in Libya, and ConocoPhillips said while inflation was growing its costs, the year’s capital budget would rest at around $7.8 billion.

ConocoPhillips stated, that the average price obtained for a barrel of oil and gas accelerated 77% from a year earlier to $88.57. The company acknowledges that it has not hedged any of its oil and gas sales to make the most of higher market prices.

The capacity of 1.69 million boe/d was in line with Wall Street estimates, however, the company expected the current quarter’s output would be between 1.71 million and 1.76 million boe/d.

ConocoPhillips anticipates returning $15 billion to shareholders this year by means of dividends and share buybacks, joining Chevron Corp. and others in rising payouts after years of pressure on producers to restrict spending and boost returns.

The company, which kept its spending forecast intact, insignificantly decreased its full-year capacity outlook on uncertainty in Libya. ConocoPhillips hoped that the production would be about 1.74 million boe/d for the year.

The company’s second-quarter adjusted earnings of $3.91 per share overcame Wall Street estimates of $3.80 per share, as Refintiv IBES data says.

ConocoPhillips safely transports oil and natural gas using pipelines, tankers, trucks and rail to connect energy supply to demand. The method the company chooses depends on the project, location, economics, accessibility and environmental considerations. All four methods are proven, efficient and economical ways of getting energy to market.

Working with a leading environmental, social and governance (ESG) consultancy firm the company is designing a Net-Zero Governance Framework, with the goal of identifying how to leverage and optimize our process, system, organizational and governance structure to align and drive the company along a net-zero pathway. 

In its Gulf Coast business unit, a project is underway to remove the need for pneumatic-powered scavenger injection pumps at each well pad through the installation of scavenger towers at each central facility location. The project could reduce emissions by around 11,250 metric tons per year.  

To get deeper into the upstream and midstream energy infrastructure and current trends, please, contact our Houston sales office or SCHEDULE A DEMO to learn how Rextag can help you leverage energy data for your business. 

Tyler Reitmeier Tel. +1 713-203-3128 Email: treitmeier@hartenergy.com

7th week of Oil and Gas Rigs’ Growth

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In the midst of the high prices and the U.S. government’s pushing, in the last week, the number of oil rigs increased by 5 and in total makes 557, its highest since April 2020, according to Baker Hughes Co BKR.N. Concerning the gas rigs, they gained 2 to 146, their highest since September 2019. Moreover, crude production was aimed to rise from 11.2 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2021 to 12.0 million bpd in 2022 and 13.0 million bpd in 2023, according to federal energy data. Given that this growth has been expected, recent global market changes make forecasting the output even more challenging. Learning how production will change is easier with early activity tracking, a new service recently launched by Rextag’s Pad Activity monitor (PAM). The overall amount of rigs in the U.S. would grow to an average of 684 in 2022 and 783 in 2023, due to U.S. investment bank Piper Sandler forecast. As Baker Hughes claimed that compares with an average of 478 in 2021.

Persistent Production Uptick in the Permian Basin

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No sooner had the crude prices soared above $100/bbl than the industry professionals believed in an incredible growth of drilling activity in North America’s largest shale patch. Analysts speculate that additional output of 500,000 barrels of oil daily would become a significant part (4%) of overall U.S. daily production. That is going to flatter oil and gasoline prices. Drilling permits in the Permian Basin are persistently growing, averaging approximately 210 at the beginning of April. Moreover, the permits trend is noticed as an all-time high as a total of 904 horizontal drilling permits were awarded last month. Nowadays, learning and analysing the current situation and predicting the future development become easier with early activity tracking, a new service recently launched by Rextag. Rextag's Pad Activity monitor (PAM) allows you to see well pad clearing, drilling operations, fracking crew deployment and completions with new data collected approximately every 2 days with the help of satellite imagery and artificial intelligence. While the increase in drilling will result in higher production, U.S. shale producers will have to overcome several hurdles including labor shortages and supply constraints.

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It is important to notice that the number of drillings trended in June and fell in August 2022 and gradually decrease over the last 6 weeks.

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On August 31 Ring Energy Inc. purchased privately-held Stronghold Energy, adding operations that are mainly situated in Crane County, Texas, in the Permian Basin’s Central Basin Platform. According to a September 1 Ring Energy release, this transaction fully complements the conventional-focused Central Basin Platform and Northwest Shelf asset positions in the Permian Basin. The majority owned by Warburg Pincus LLC, Stronghold’s operations are concentrated on the development of about 37,000 net acres situated mainly in Crane County. In July Ring Energy entered into an agreement to buy Stronghold Energy II Operating LLC and Stronghold Energy II Royalties LP for $200 million in cash at closing and $230 million in Ring equity based on a 20-day volume weighted average price. Consideration also involved a $15 million deferred cash payment due six months after closing and $20 million of existing Stronghold hedge liability increasing the total transaction value to $465 million. Stronghold’s asset base is almost 99% operated, 99% working interest, and 99% HBP. In July, Ring announced the current net production of Stronghold’s asset base was approximately 9,100 boe/d (54% oil, 75% liquids).

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Shareholder’s payout target was increased by 50% after the largest U.S. independent oil producer surpassed Wall Street’s earnings estimates on growing energy prices, said Houston-based Conoco Phillips Co. on Aug. 4. Due to Western sanctions on major producer Russia throttling energy supply amid a rebound in demand from pandemic lows, oil and gas #prices have soared. Crude has been trading more than 25% higher since the start of the year and results also benefited from high natural gas prices. Meanwhile, shares were down a fraction, to $91.03, in early trading but are up about 26% year to date. Conoco Phillips stated, that the average price obtained for a barrel of oil and gas accelerated 77% from a year earlier to $88.57. The company acknowledges that it has not hedged any of its oil and gas sales to make the most of higher market prices. The capacity of 1.69 million boe/d was in line with Wall Street estimates, however, the company expected the current quarter’s output would be between 1.71 million and 1.76 million boe/d.

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