The oil and gas industry continues to navigate the effects of the Russia-Saudi oil war and Covid-19. Throughout recent months, US oil prices continually hit new record lows, reaching numbers unseen since the Persian Gulf War. Consequently, US producers have scrambled to shield themselves from permanent damage during the downturn, with six significant players expected to shut some 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude for May and June. For other producers, the process of shutting in wells to downsize risk is paramount. Below, we will dig deeper into what led to the current climate and three important lease provisions to review before shutting-in your wells.
Given the current oil and gas market, it’s understandable that many companies are choosing to outsource their land work. There are several reasons why an organization may opt for this avenue. From a lack of on-site resources, limited bandwidth, and scalability concerns, land management companies like Cinco Energy can plug into your existing company structure and provide a multitude of benefits when you’re stretched thin or looking for a partner. Here are the top advantages of outsourcing your land work.
Reserve-based lending (RBL) is a type of asset-based lending used to finance the operations of independent oil and gas companies. Debt is issued as a factor of reserve value, which is known as the Borrowing Base. Loans are subject to redeterminations of the borrowing base, commonly twice a year.
Cinco Energy Management Group, a leading oil & gas-focused land management firm, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. In 1990, the current CEO and Founder Randy Nichols established the company as Cinco Land & Exploration Company. Building upon his early career as a company landman for independent E&Ps, Nichols started the company to provide superior quality land and title services to the oil and gas industry. The name “Cinco” was inspired by the five members of the Nichols family and the company’s first project in a Spanish-speaking area of South Texas.
Internal land departments of E&P companies are no strangers to keeping up with the demands of their department. The typical lifecycle of a land department requires experience in a multitude of skills, from specific functions like leasing and due diligence to transient roles that may arise during a special project. Having the right resources and information is critical to success for daily land management. Throughout the six lifecycle stages of a land department are distinct responsibilities needed to produce results.
Events such as market changes, shifting internal strategies, staff turnover, and new acquisitions can impact a company’s operational efficacy and require different resource allocation. No group in an E&P company is more familiar with rapidly changing priorities than the land department. Maintaining the right resources in the land department can be a challenge for companies that must keep up with ebbs and flows of the development cycle and daily land work. Here are three common challenges that we see facing many in-house land departments.
Whether you are a newcomer or well-versed in the oil and gas business, there is never a shortage of learning opportunities. In part one of our glossary, we compiled a list of some of the most popular terms, such as "Affidavit of Production" and "Non-Participating Royalty." In part 2 of our oil and gas glossary of terms, we highlight more commonly used words, along with their definitions.
1. Adverse Possession: Obtaining title to land by taking possession of the land and staying in possession for a certain number of years, as set by law. The adverse possession statutes vary by state, but share requirements that the rightful owner has had notice (actual or constructive), that the possession is open, and notorious (i.e., occupation in a manner that is open and obvious to the public)
There are many reasons a company may choose to outsource land work, ranging from a lack of bandwidth to a new startup without a land department. Land management companies can plug into your existing company structure, or provided independent land oversight and management. Here are the top advantages of outsourcing your land work.
The San Juan Basin offers many investment opportunities, as it contains the largest coal-bed methane field in the world and ranks second in total gas reserves. This spotlight provides geological facts, current activity and things to know beforehand.
The first oil well in the San Juan Basin spud in 1911, and since then over 40,000 wells have been drilled. Drilling activity was steady from the 1990s until 2008. In 2007, there were over 40 active rigs. Then attention turned to the prolific Marcellus, where gas could be extracted less expensively. In the past 12 months, 135 wells were completed in the Basin. The leading players include BP America, Hilcorp Energy Company, Catamount Energy Partners, and Encana Oil & Gas.