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Cash-flush shale operators consider raising oil output along with dividends

U.S. shale executives have finally achieved something that eluded the industry for more than a decade: the ability to turn over billions of dollars in dividends to shareholders while at the same time boosting production to tap into surging global oil demand.

Executive viewpoint

Jason Jennaro

Shaky ground: Railroad Commission takes much-needed stand on oil field earthquakes

Water management

Mark Patton

Whole lotta shaking going on

Key U.S. shale pipeline in doubt after court ruling

A major U.S. natural gas pipeline project that’s crucial for shale drillers in the Appalachians is now in doubt after a court rejected its permit to cross a national forest in the Virginias.

Building a better shale well with biosurfactants improves production and ROI

Martin Shumway

Utilizing environmentally friendly bio-based surfactants that provide mechanisms of action, which surpass traditional petroleum-based products, U.S. operators are improving crude output while increasing total well lifecycle.

Digitizing operations increases completion efficiency, addresses environmental and cost challenges

Jose Garza

As fracturing intensities continue to push component capabilities, a system-level approach is required to further enhance operational efficiencies. An innovative completion technology ecosystem has delivered OPEX savings and QHSE improvement through system integration, automation and digital control capabilities.

Natural gas-powered direct-drive turbines reduce GHG emissions, improve efficiency during fracing

Dan Fu, Warren Zemlak, Caleb Barclay, Tony Yeung

Increased industry demand for lower emissions, improved operational efficiency and reliability, and competitive capital cost structure, all call for innovative thinking in hydraulic equipment design and engineering. Direct-drive turbine technology has been proven to take up the challenges.

Global LNG boom sends Baker Hughes’ demand soaring beyond expectations

Oil and gas drilling is big business once again, if the leap in demand for services from Baker Hughes Co., the world’s No. 2 oilfield contractor, is any gauge.

Schlumberger places $2 billion bet on strong oilfield service demand growth

Schlumberger is gearing up for growth around the world as the No. 1 oilfield contractor expects recovering economies to ignite several years of crude-demand expansion.

Texas natural gas production falls as freezing weather sets in

Texas natural gas production dropped for the second time this month because of freezing temperatures settling over the state.

Chesapeake working with Chief Oil & Gas on possible $2.4B deal

Chesapeake Energy Corp. is in advanced talks to acquire privately owned natural gas producer Chief Oil & Gas Inc. for about $2.4 billion including debt, Reuters reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Shale drillers target Eagle Ford for new exploration opportunities

The Eagle Ford shale in South Texas, long overlooked compared to its larger cousin the Permian basin, saw its biggest one-week jump in drilling activity in more than two years as explorers look for growth beyond the world’s biggest shale patch.

Exxon seeks to sell Canadian shale assets to focus on oil sands

Exxon and its majority-owned Imperial Oil Ltd. unit will start marketing XTO Energy Canada, which produces 9,000 barrels a day of crude and 140 million cubic feet a day of natural gas in the Montney and Duvernay shale formations of Alberta and other areas, Imperial said in a statement.

Op-Ed: Texas’ top energy resolutions for 2022

Wayne Christian

The new year is shaping up to be an important time for the energy security of our state and nation, and while there are many important issues to face, here are my top five energy resolutions for 2022.

Hunting licenses Nammo Defense tech for perforating applications

Titan Division of Hunting Energy Services announced an exclusive licensing agreement with Nammo Defense Systems Inc. for the manufacture of time delay fuses for Hunting’s perforating applications.

EIA expects shale to drive record U.S. oil production in 2023

U.S. annual oil production is set to rise to a record next year as shale producers continue to boost output.

Enterprise buys into Permian natural gas market with $3.3B acquisition

Enterprise Products Partners LP agreed to buy Navitas Midstream Partners LLC from Warburg Pincus LLC for $3.25 billion in cash to add natural gas pipeline and processing assets in the Permian Basin, the world’s most prolific shale basin.

Shale drillers delaying emissions cuts from operations, says Federal Reserve

Less than half of oil and natural gas drillers in the U.S. Great Plains and Rocky Mountains plan to curb emissions of carbon dioxide and methane this year, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

U.S. oil majors’ stock prices return to pre-pandemic levels

A rally in oil prices lifted U.S. energy stocks to the highest since the pandemic emerged more than two years ago.

EOG ready to raise shale oil output to meet market demand

EOG Resources Inc., one of the biggest U.S. shale oil producers, is ready to ramp up output as soon as this summer if the market demands it.

Permian’s biggest oil producer closes 2022 hedges in bullish outlook

Pioneer Natural Resources Co., the biggest oil producer in the Permian Basin, closed out almost all its hedges for this year, indicating a bullish outlook for crude prices.

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