Bloomberg.com : By Catherine Ngai, Alex Longley, and Javier Blas
May 21, 2018 *
Brent crude oil grabbed all the attention after spot prices hit $80 a barrel last week. And yet, almost unnoticed, a perhaps more important rally has occurred in the obscure world of forward prices, with some investors betting the "lower for longer" price mantra is all but over.
The five-year Brent forward price, which has been largely anchored in a tight $55-to-$60 a barrel range for the past year and a half, has jumped over the last month, outpacing the gains in spot prices. It closed at $63.50 on Friday.
"For the first time since December 2015, the back end of the curve has been leading the complex higher," said Yasser Elguindi, a market strategist at Energy Aspects Ltd. in New York. "It seems that the investor community is finally calling into question the ‘lower for longer’ thesis."
Companies say conventional wells can be profitable, no fracking required
By Lynn Cook
The Wall Street Journal
Aug. 20, 2017 6:00 a.m. ET
From California’s Central Valley to the Native American lands of Oklahoma, more small- and mid-sized oil firms—many backed by private equity—are forgoing expensive shale drilling projects and opting for old-school wells instead.
As crude prices languish under $50 a barrel, and with increasing costs for land, labor and infrastructure, some shale fracking operations are starting to look expensive. That has some investors turning to...
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See Quotes From Bob Harvey, President Of Harvest Petroleum, in the following article, when oil was far cheaper than today and his perspectives were spot on!
April 2010 - VARIETY OF OIL, GAS PROJECTS KEEP INDEPENDENTS BUSY ON GULF COAST ONSHORE! - By Al Pickett - Special Correspondent
Strong On Oil
Harvest Petroleum’s Bob Harvey says oil development opportunities are vital to smaller independents such as his company. “From our perspective, we do not want to spend a bunch of money chasing gas shales. A small independent has a tough time making money in a crowd,” he offers. “We are strong on oil. Our bread and butter is oil projects in which we can get a good product price without having to deal with so much competition."
Accordingly, Harvey says Harvest Petroleum’s strategy focuses on smaller-sized prospects in the Bakken oil shale in the Williston Basin and lower-risk opportunities in and near existing producing fields in the Gulf Coast. Harvest Petroleum operates a lease near Santa Fe, Tx., in Galveston County, and has a nonoperating share of a 12,000-acre lease in St. Landry Parish in Louisiana.
“Smaller independents have to be oriented toward oil,” he claims. “All the big company budgets are going to shale. We can either tag along or look for oil plays appropriate for our size of company.” Harvest Petroleum is looking at several Gulf Coast oil opportunities and analyzing data, Harvey reports. “We have the drilling dollars,” he states. “We are looking for the right deals that fit our position. To justify going for it, we need an ‘oily’ project that fits our investment criteria.”...Go to Full Article
Washington Post Quote where his predictions about the market have come to pass - Feb. 2009.
the principal of Harvest Petroleum, Inc., a small firm
in Frisco, Texas, said he's looking to invest in four or five
drilling projects, perhaps spending as much as $ 2 million in the
next couple days. Harvest Petroleum already has
interests in wells in parts of South Louisiana and Texas. He figures
the economy will rebound sometime next year, and so will the fortunes
of the oil industry. "This is a chance to get some good prospects
and ride this out, Harvey said. "This thing is going to turn
around in 18 months or so, and 18 months is nothing in this business.
We look at five, six, seven year horizons." Go to Full Article
Bob Harvey, Scott Hector and Andrew Smith receives the honor of the Top Project from a panel of expert judges of American Association of Drilling Engineers.
"The town may still be unknown to many, but in oil and gas circles the new-found Bixler gas field is synonymous with overnight success.
"We're very pleased with it." Scott Hector, the geologist, says of the discovery well that flowed at rates as high as 21 million cubic feet per day through a less than one-inch choke."
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