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MUR: Getting a Jump on the Quarter

MUR: Getting a Jump on the Quarter

The chart below generated using the DISCERN Energy Platform shows Murphy's Eagle Ford completions improving dramatically through much of 2015.  This is based on initial 24-hour oil rates and suggests that more recent data could give a read on first quarter 2016 results in the region...

A Look at Proppant Loads: Trends You Need to Know

A Look at Proppant Loads: Trends You Need to Know

Our initial analysis of well completion data from the FracFocus database gives us some insights into well completion trends over the past couple of years. 

  • Sand overall accounts for the bulk of proppant use hovering at 85-95% of total proppant by weight by our analysis. Together ceramic and resin coated sand proppants make up the remainder. While market share by total weight for...

EGN: Assessing Asset Performance

EGN: Assessing Asset Performance

Broad trends in well results can sometimes hide more subtle underlying changes that tell a more complete picture of asset performance. In one such case we found that well results in recent months for Energen could be ascribed...

Drilling Deep

Drilling Deep

Lower oil prices have forced operators to more carefully scrutinize well economics over the past 18 months. Drilling higher quality acreage and taking advantage of lower service costs are two of the more critical variables in the equation...

Getting a Bead on Operating Cost Trends

Getting a Bead on Operating Cost Trends

With falling revenue from lower oil prices, operating costs have become a more significant part of the return equation. Costs that may be inconsequential at $100 oil can suddenly become material at $30 oil.

Heading Out of a Summer Trough?

Heading Out of a Summer Trough?

Well results in 2015 conformed to seasonal patterns for operators in the Bakken and Permian basin. Well results for these operators started the year off strongly though mid year, bottomed out. In the 3Q, results turned around with an acceleration in well quality..  There are numerous possible explanations...

Operators in Utica Shale Favored Oil

Operators in Utica Shale Favored Oil

Through the latter part of 2014 and 2015, operators in the Utica shale shifted their drilling to more liquids-rich parts of the play despite the falloff in oil prices as seen from analysis available on the DISCERN Energy platform.

Using Well Tests to Gain Operational Insights in 2016

Using Well Tests to Gain Operational Insights in 2016

Test rates provide insight well beyond the near term. One category of core insights provided by the DISCERN Energy platform consists of signals generated by initial well test data. These well tests offer the advantage of...