Nearly 1,300 oil and gas professionals attended the 3rd annual DUG Midcontinent conference and exhibition, an approximate 15 percent increase in paid delegates from last year. Attendees heard from top executives and decision-makers from the region's most-active exploration and production companies at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City on February 24-26.
Dave Hager, COO of Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy, delivered the opening keynote remarks for the conference. Hager will become Devon's president and CEO effective August 2015. Chesapeake Energy Vice President John Adcock, from another Oklahoma City-based corporation, gave insights on increasing operational efficiency. He said pad wells are not the most efficient way to drill a well, but rather the most efficient way to move a rig.
Other notable speakers addressed the audience about promising field developments. Wade Hutchings, a regional vice president for Marathon Oil, told attendees 70 percent of Marathon's 2015 capital is allocated to U.S. resource plays. Kevin Phillippi, principal at A.T. Kearney, said each major refining region has seen asset base shifts due to recent economic conditions. He added the most profitable refineries are in Wyoming. Cheniere Pipeline president, Chad Zamarin shared plans for expansions, pipelines and markets. The company is working on the Creole Trail Pipeline, Sabine Pass LNG terminal and first LNG export cargoes projected for the fourth quarter.
Prospective attendees can mark their calendars for next year's DUG Midcontinent conference set for February 23-25, 2016 in Oklahoma City, OK.
Hart Energy would like to thank the 2015 DUG Midcontinentsponsors for their continued support.
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President and CEO, Velocity Midstream
U.S. Lower 48 Upstream Analyst, Wood Mackenzie
Executive Vice President, Plains All American Pipeline LP
General Manager, Mid-Continent, Newfield Exploration Co.
Managing Director & Group Head, Oil & Gas, KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.
President & CEO, Sheridan Production Co. LLC
Principal, A.T. Kearney
Manager, NGL Market Origination Phillips 66
Vice President, Business Development, FourPoint Energy LLC
Senior Vice President, Drilling & Completions, Jones Energy Inc.
Analysts: Permian Economics Palatable At $60 WTI FORT WORTH, Texas—Sixty dollars is the new $90, declared Raymond James analyst Andrew Coleman to a crowd of Permian Basin players at Hart Energy’s DUG Permian conference last week. His prediction is predicated on a model that lower service costs and drilling efficiencies will reset acceptable operator cash margins closer to $60 WTI.
“Our belief is that high-grading [acreage] and cost reductions will allow the sector to recalibrate at $60 oil,” Coleman said.
Wall Street has sent a signal to operators that they cannot outspend capital, and as such the Raymond James model is “definitely more focused on cash margins than EBITDA margins,” he said. “We want to make sure that the next barrel produced will cover the entire cost in the [value] chain.”