EPRINC Releases Report on Mexico’s Petroleum FutureRead More
The energy reform measures implemented in Mexico over the last few years, also known as the New Energy Model, offer considerable potential to lift oil and gas production, increase employment and deliver technological advances, and crucially additional revenues for federal, state, and local governments. These reforms, if fully implemented, will also enhance long-term energy security for Mexico and North America. Energy reform in Mexico is contributing to the likelihood that North America will become a sustained net exporter to world markets in both petroleum (crude oil and refined products) and natural gas in the coming years. In a just-released EPRINC assessment, Michael Lynch, EPRINC Distinguished Fellow, presents his findings on the economic value to Mexico of the energy reforms in the petroleum sector. A link to the full report can be found here. A Spanish translation of the report will be posted on the EPRINC’s website in early January 2019.
The Permian Basin Produces Gas, TooRead More
This report by EPRINC Non-Resident Fellow Trisha Curtis is part of the Energy Policy Research Foundation’s multi-year research program evaluating the scale and scope of the North American petroleum renaissance. As U.S. producers expand production to meet domestic requirements and the rapidly growing market for pipeline exports and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), it is essential that policy makers have a full understanding of the sustainability of the U.S. natural gas production platform. This report addresses the range of challenges and opportunities for expanding U.S. production of natural gas for both domestic uses and export markets through an in depth look at North America’s most prolific oil and gas basin, the Permian. The report can be found here.
Hedging Haircuts and Big Basis MovesRead More
EPRINC trustee Ben Montalbano and non-Resident Fellow Trisha Curtis, both co-founders of PetroNerds, have just completed an assessment of oil hedging positions of 25 major oil producers in the Permian Basin. Hedging is a valuable tool for distributing risk and allowing producers to protect revenue streams from price volatility. Hedges protect producers revenues when oil prices fall, but also limit gains when prices rise. In addition, when oil prices rise it may limit the supply response if a large volume of unconventional production is hedged. Ben and Trisha’s assessment shows the percent of total production that producers hedge varies, but heading into Q1of 2018 producers hedged about 20% of total output. A copy of their assessment can be found here.
Advances in Well Completion Design Sustain Advances in Shale Oil ProductivityRead More
EPRINC Non-Resident Fellow Trisha Curtis and Trustee Ben Montalbano build on some of their previous work concerning US shale productivity in their recent paper entitled “Completion Design and the Impact on US Shale Well Productivity.”They identify the factors contributing to sustained productivity growth in several US shale plays and examine some of the economic constraints facing well efficiency. As the nation adjusts to relatively stable and depressed oil and gas prices, Trisha and Ben’s paper outlines the current industry environment and highlights future challenges to increasing shale productivity. Their paper can be downloaded by clicking here.
EPRINC’s Max Pyziur Presents at the annual Energy Information Administration (EIA) ConferenceRead MoreMax takes us through the role octane has played to meet both engine performance requirements as well as its growing role as a strategy to meet the regulatory requirements of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. As is always the case when it comes to fuel specifications and engine performance, it is complicated. Max outlines the historical trends and the trade-offs ahead. The event took place on June 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. The presentation can be found here.
On June 7, 2017 EPRINC’s President, Lucian Pugliaresi, presented at the 2017 Washington Oil & Gas Forum. A copy of his presentation can be found here.
On a very sad note EPRINC recently lost two colleagues. Our former Chairman and current honorary Chairman, John Lichtblau, passed away on May 29, 2017. He was 94 years old. On May 17, 2017 we lost Bob Greco, an EPRINC Distinguished Fellow. Bob was 57 years old.
We’ve known both of these good men for more years than we can recall and we will miss much more than their good counsel. We will miss their intellectual curiosity, optimism and close friendship.