Pump It Up - Permian Oil, Gas and NGLs: Key Takeaways from RBN's PermiCon Conference

Permian oil and gas production may have slammed up against capacity constraints, but that does not mean production growth has ground to a halt. Far from it. In the past 10 weeks, Permian gas production is up another 8% — a gain of almost 700 MMcf/d. Crude production now tops 3.5 MMb/d, with incremental barrels finding their way to market via truck, rail and new pipeline capacity — soon including Plains All American’s new Sunrise project, which will move more Permian crude toward the hub in Cushing, OK. Record-setting volumes of NGLs are streaming their way out of the Permian to Mont Belvieu. This market is moving so fast that if you blink, you’ll miss something important. So to get caught up with all things Permian, last week RBN hosted PermiCon, an industry conference designed to bridge the gap between fundamentals analysis and boots-on-the-ground market intelligence. We think PermiCon accomplished that goal, and in today’s blog, we summarize a few of the key points discussed during the conference proceedings.

About 750 industry leaders joined us for the conference. Our content combined six presentations by RBN and the views of 14 CEOs and senior executives with significant operations in the Permian. We had keynotes from John Christmann, CEO Apache, and Alan Armstrong, CEO Williams. Panelists were Kevin Lafferty, SVP Devon; Dan Westcott, President Legacy Reserves; Stephanie Reed, SVP Parsley; Mike Mears, CEO Magellan; Jeremy Goebel, Senior Group VP Plains; Uzi Yemin, CEO Delek; Heath Deneke, EVP Crestwood; Brian Freed, incoming CEO Altus Midstream; Christer Rundlof, CEO WhiteWater; Tom Whitener, President Energy Spectrum; Zach Lee, CEO ARM Energy/Salt Creek; and Ken Snyder, CCO Frontier Energy. These people know what is going on!

Production

Of course, we kicked things off with the force of nature driving all of the Permian activity — namely, production growth over the past 10 years, shown in Figure 1. Back in 2008, Permian crude oil production was languishing at 900 Mb/d. By 2014, volumes had doubled, and they never dropped off after the price crash that year. Now crude production has doubled again, up to 3.5 MMb/d.

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