This should bode well for prices.
"Saudi inventories fall for longest running stretch in 15 years
Kingdom supplying the market with more oil than it’s producing
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Saudi Arabia, a country nearly synonymous with plentiful crude supplies, is offering one of the strongest signs yet that the glut that has plagued the oil market since 2014 is coming to an end.
Despite near record production, the kingdom’s oil inventories have declined for six consecutive months, the longest stretch since the Joint Organisations Data Initiative started tracking Saudi supply levels nearly 15 years ago.
“The drop in Saudi crude stocks signals the rebalancing has started,” said Amrita Sen, chief oil analyst at consulting firm Energy Aspects Ltd. in London. “Crude stocks are coming off in places where either the data is opaque or the market isn’t paying as much attention.”
Lack of spare parts, failure of the electrical grid. Drought cutting hydro power and just plan failure of the Socialist system. Personally I think production could fall even further.
Bad for Venezuela, GOOD for owners of Whiting as this just adds to the looming oil shortfall.
Today may not be a great day to buy as it is hard to say how much of the drop is related to the British vote and how much is related to the bond deal. Just holding and watching right now
The cost to drill wells at Argentina’s Vaca Muerta, site of the world’s second-biggest shale reserves, has dropped 20 percent this year, putting Chevron Corp. and its partners closer to meeting spending goals.
Drilling costs at the Loma Campana field in Vaca Muerta have declined to $11.2 million per well from $14 million in the last three months of 2015, Ali Moshiri, president for Latin America and Africa, said in an interview with Bloomberg News in Buenos Aires on Thursday. That’s putting the joint venture with YPF SA closer to its goal of drilling wells at less than $10 million, he said.
“There are a lot of companies watching Chevron and YPF in Argentina,” Moshiri said. “The performance of those wells are coming very close, very competitive to the United States.”
Oil companies including Exxon Mobil Corp. are rushing to tap Argentina’s shale reserves, the largest after the U.S., as low oil prices put pressure on producers in the U.S. Output in the U.S. has dropped this year as prices plunged, while producers in Argentina have maintained production levels because of government subsidies to stimulate extraction.
Chevron signed an agreement with state-owned YPF in 2013 to invest $1.6 billion in a pilot program to drill at Vaca Muerta in the Neuqen province. The joint venture, worth about $16 billion, has drilled about 400 wells, Moshiri said.
The government of former President Kristina Fernandez de Kirchner raised the price of oil produced domestically to $75 a barrel from $45, gave drillers tax exemptions and capped royalties at 15 percent since 2012, creating a boom in the oil industry domestically as it struggled globally because of falling prices.
“We are a long-term business; we don’t try to do anything for just a few years,” Moshiri said. “A few years ago no one knew about Chevron in Argentina. Now we are the largest investor in the oil industry.”
Whiting will now be in a position to start grabbing some distressed assets on the cheap. Could prove very positive
Thats the minimum, max is what ever the share price might be that day, currently $12.10. Of course this type of conversion is an open invitation to drive the share price down.
On the other hand they continue to provide financial flexibility to buy distressed assets cheap as they get their finances in order
During a visit to Aramco facilities in Houston, the new Saudi Arabian oil minister confirmed a growing sentiment among market analysts in recent months: the global oil glut that crippled American energy producers is now over.
Khalid Al-Falih gave declarative confirmation while touring various Houston locations this week.
“We are out of it,” Al-Falih told the Houston Chronicle.
The Saudi minister reminded the global market that an incremental upward adjustment in pricing would continue to be seen.
“The oversupply has disappeared. We just have to carry the overhang of inventory for a while until the system works it out.”
WTI back over $51 got a nice bump when EIA show a 3.2 million bbl crude inventory drop
Big beneficiary will be ultra light shale oil to be mixed with very heavy crude to make them easier to handle and refine. Oh yeah that would be us.........
Lots of those drilled but not completed Wells all likely to get fracked in the coming few months. As lean as HCLP is right now that could be a very nice thing indeed
If they are committing this money to Argentina then what kind of plans might they have to expand USA production in shale
Would taxes not depend on your cost basis? Stocks are held in a tax free account though so if consider dividends no biggie
Summary of Weekly Petroleum Data for the Week Ending May 27, 2016
U.S. crude oil refinery inputs averaged 16.2 million barrels per day during the week
ending May 27, 2016, 73,000 barrels per day less than the previous week’s average.
Refineries operated at 89.8% of their operable capacity last week. Gasoline production
increased last week, averaging over 9.9 million barrels per day. Distillate fuel production
increased last week, averaging about 4.8 million barrels per day.
U.S. crude oil imports averaged over 7.8 million barrels per day last week, up by 524,000
barrels per day from the previous week. Over the last four weeks, crude oil imports
averaged over 7.6 million barrels per day, 8.3% above the same four-week period last
year. Total motor gasoline imports (including both finished gasoline and gasoline
blending components) last week averaged 921,000 barrels per day. Distillate fuel imports
averaged 69,000 barrels per day last week.
U.S. commercial crude oil inventories (excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum
Reserve) decreased by 1.4 million barrels from the previous week. At 535.7 million
barrels, U.S. crude oil inventories are at historically high levels for this time of year.
Total motor gasoline inventories decreased by 1.5 million barrels last week, but are well
above the upper limit of the average range. Both finished gasoline inventories and
blending components inventories decreased last week. Distillate fuel inventories
decreased by 1.3 million barrels last week but are well above the upper limit of the
average range for this time of year. Propane/propylene inventories rose 1.3 million
barrels last week and are near the upper limit of the average range. Total commercial
petroleum inventories decreased by 2.7 million barrels last week.