【20170326】Reuters: U.S. shale producers leaving record number of wells unfinished

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  • U.S. shale producers are drilling at the highest rate in 18 months but have left record numbers of wells unfinished, a sign that production may not rise as quickly as drilling activity would indicate, according to a Reuters analysis.
  • The number of rigs deployed in U.S. oil and gas fields has climbed for 10 weeks in a row but unfinished wells are surging, suggesting that oil market players may need to reinterpret rig count data; for example, a record 1,764 wells were left unfinished in the Permian Basin in February, and 395 wells were drilled during the month while only 300 were completed.
  • Some operators are drilling because their leases require them to do so within a specified time limit to keep their leases, but they may not be required to actually pump the oil right away, according to the report; also, drilling costs are on the rise, and fracking crews are in short supply.
  • The number of incomplete wells could complicate OPEC's attempt to balance markets, as the wells could be completed relatively quickly if the oil price rises; in theory at least, output from the Permian could jump as much as 300K bbl/day if all the incomplete wells in the play resumed pumping at the same time.
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