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How Long Will Pioneer Remain a “Pure Play” Permian Operator?

Texas Weekly Report - 07/19/2018

Texas Weekly Report - July 19 2018

Texas Intents to Drill

  • Pioneer remains highly active in the Midland Basin. However, Pioneer chairman Scott Sheffield recently said that the Permian Basin would reach capacity within 3-4 months. If this is true, how long does Pioneer plan on staying a “pure play” Permian operator? Is this an issue of pipeline capacity?
  • Here’s what we know:
    • In the last 30 days, Pioneer has been approved for three permits to drill in Karnes County.
    • Based on the graph below, while the majority of their activity is in the Permian Basin, they cannot be considered a ‘pure Permian’ operator because they are still planning drilling activity in the Eagle Ford.
Pioneer Intents, Last 30 Days
  • If Pioneer is looking for areas outside of the Permian, what other operators might be affected by the lack of pipeline capacity?

Texas Frac Activity

  • Over the last year, we have seen a spike in the use of Acrylamide (primarily used as a friction reducer) in the Permian Basin. Specifically, twice the number of wells have included Acrylamide compared to last year.  

  • Acrylamide has been known to decrease completion costs and improve operational efficiency during slickwater fracs.  

  • Occidental, another major player in the Permian, has been consistently using Acrylamide since early 2014.

  • Pioneer began using acrylamide in the 4th quarter of 2017.  Other operators whose use of Acrylamide has increased are XTO, RSP Permian, and Endeavor.

Texas Frac Activity

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