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Infill Thinking Research Findings Are Making News Thursday Morning

  In a feature story on Bloomberg News Thursday morning, several research updates issued by Infill Thinking recently are featured prominently. Check out Joe Carroll’s latest must-read below… Fracking Crew Shortage May Push Oil’s Biggest Bubble Into 2018 Shale explorers pushing to expand oil production are struggling to find enough fracking crews …

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What’s Going On In Culberson County?

Last week after scouring air permit data, we identified a new sand mine site in Culberson County Texas In conversations with readers offline, the potential mine’s location has come up several times as a sticking point. Could this sand be stranded if indeed it is pointed at the frac industry? (questions …

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Weatherford Finally Focuses On Process Over Outcome

A portfolio manager I worked for in a prior life always said “focus on process not outcome.” It’s a helpful way of approaching problem solving and decision making by shutting out the distraction of daily progress toward goal. At the end of the day, outcome is all that really matters to stakeholders …

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Rigs vs. Sand Mines [Map]

With all the talk of local sands in recent weeks, we thought it’d be worthwhile to map rigs vs. mines. Shown on our map in this update is the dispersion of the US horizontal rig count plotted against the percentage of US frac sand capacity arising from a half dozen …

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Live From Dhahran, Here’s The 8 Most Important Things Schlumberger Said Friday Morning

With Schlumberger’s earnings call this morning, oilfield earnings season is officially underway. CEO Paal Kibsgaard addressed several of the themes we expect to dominate the conversation this earnings season including US price increases and activity strength and maybe over-exuberance, sluggish international conditions, aggressive frac reactivation, new business models in offshore drilling, …

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As Statoil Ramps UK Exploration, Transocean Wins Contracts That Are More Interesting Than They Appear

Thanks in part to the renewed exploration push in the UK, Transocean just announced two new contracts for the Transocean Spitsbergen (a 2009-built UDW HDHE semi) for Statoil drilling programs. The dayrate is near break-even, but that’s the least interesting thing about these contract awards… Digging deeper, a $27mm difference in the contract …

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For Schlumberger, It’s Love And Hate In The Lower 48

Schlumberger’s position and perspective on the North American market might best be described as a love-hate relationship. Endorsing the Lower 48 onshore outlook is simply not in Schlumberger’s DNA. Even as the company describes challenges that may make the North American E&P model unsustainable, it can’t resist getting bigger in …

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