• 4 minutes Tariffs to derail $83.7 Billion Chinese Investment in West Virginia
  • 9 minutes Battle for Oil Port: East Libya Forces In Full Control At Ras Lanuf
  • 17 minutes Kaplan Says Rising Oil Prices Won't Hurt US Economy
  • 1 hour Battle for Oil Port: East Libya Forces In Full Control At Ras Lanuf
  • 12 hours Corruption On The Top: Netanyahu's Wife Charged With Misuse of Public Funds for Meals
  • 1 hour Saudi Arabia turns to solar
  • 24 mins Saudi Arabia plans to physically cut off Qatar by moat, nuclear waste and military base
  • 5 hours Russia's Energy Minister says Oil Prices Balanced at $75, so Wants to Increase OPEC + Russia Oil by 1.5 mbpd
  • 1 hour Why is permian oil "locked in" when refineries abound?
  • 45 mins Teapots Cut U.S. Oil Shipments
  • 18 hours Gazprom Exports to EU Hit Record
  • 18 hours OPEC Meeting Could End Without Decision - Irony Note Added from OPEC Children's Book
  • 18 hours Could oil demand collapse rapidly? Yup, sure could.
  • 21 mins Oil prices going down
  • 14 hours U.S. Withdraws From U.N. Human Rights Council
  • 1 hour Hot line, Macron: Phone Calls With Trump Are Like Sausages Best Not To Know What Is Inside
  • 2 hours Putin Says 'Fierce' U.S. Politics Hindering Summit With Trump
  • 11 hours EU Confirms Trade Retaliation Measures vs. U.S. To Take Effect on June 22
  • 17 hours Sell out now or hold on?
Alt Text

Permian Bottlenecks Begin To Bite

The pipeline bottlenecks in the…

Alt Text

Rig Count Falters Amid Oil Price Correction

The rig count slipped on…

Alt Text

Russia Boosts Oil Production Before OPEC Meeting

Russia pumped almost 11.1 million…

Charles Kennedy

Charles Kennedy

Charles is a writer for Oilprice.com

More Info

Trending Discussions

New Drilling To Start As Oil Prices Firm Up

U.S. Rig

In a sign that the U.S. shale industry could spring back to life, one of the top Texas shale companies expects to grow both production and its rig count this year.

Pioneer Natural Resources said in an updated 2016 outlook issued in June that it would increase its horizontal rig count from 12 to 17 rigs in the Permian basin in the second half of the year. Pioneer will add the first rig in September, with plans to follow that up with an additional two rigs in each of October and November. Those rigs will begin drilling and see initial production in early 2017.

By adding those five rigs, Pioneer expects to see a production growth of 13 to 17 percent next year. That will come on top of the 12 percent growth the company expects this year. The updated outlook comes after several weeks of gains in the total U.S. rig count. The U.S. added 21 rigs between the end of May and mid-June, although the industry removed 7 rigs last week, according to Baker Hughes.

Pioneer’s plans, along with the rig data, indicate a slow return of shale drillers to the oil patch. There has been a great deal of speculation whether or not oil rising to $50 would trigger new drilling. The industry won’t come rushing back in a wave, but Pioneer’s decision suggests that at least some companies have an appetite for new drilling at today’s prices.

There is also some anecdotal evidence that companies are starting to finish drilled but uncompleted wells in North Dakota, leading to an uptick in hiring for fracking and well completion services. “We are starting to see a definite increase,” Cindy Sanford, a manager at the Williston office of Job Service North Dakota, told the Forum News Service. “It’s not as crazy as it was before, but we’re starting to see some activity.” After thousands of layoffs, companies are hoping to bring back some of their personnel. “We definitely are starting to see a need for some workers,” Sanford said.

By Charles Kennedy of Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:




Back to homepage

Trending Discussions


Leave a comment
  • Jesus Rondon on July 04 2016 said:
    definitely to invest again in renting drilling equipment, it is necessary to study the forecast oil prices, in order to assess the rate of return on investment

Leave a comment




Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News