A Look in the Rear View, Part II

A Look in the Rear View, Part II

The oil and gas industry’s adaption of renewable energies quickened its pace in 2020 as producers, midstream operators, and refiners rolled out new initiatives and investments to power their operations and reduce emissions. Here’s a look at just a few. Houston-based Occidental, a longtime developer and investor of low-carbon technologies and fuels, announced this month it will design and build the world’s largest carbon capture facility in N.D. The company last Fall completed a 174-panel, 120-acre solar farm in the Permian, which now replaces all grid power and supplies all energy for Oxy’s Goldsmith oilfield operations. Tulsa-based midstream giant Williams in May announced it, too, would add solar to its natural gas transmission and processing operations in nine states. But oil refiners, in particular, have been left with little choice to accelerate their shift from fossil fuels to renewable sources. The fallout from COVID and ever-stringent emissions regulations have prompted the largest to the smallest refineries to convert feedstocks to biofuels, such as soybean oil, fats, and kitchen grease. Time to: adapt, re-think, survive.

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A Look in the Rear View, Part I

A Look in the Rear View, Part I

With the end of 2020 mercifully in sight, Top 10 lists of the year’s most defining events in the oil and gas industry have begun to pop up depending on which news sites and publications you tend to follow. Reese Energy Consulting won’t be compiling such a list because, frankly, ours would cover at least 100+. But in retrospect, a few moments stand out as transformative for an industry that has always faced adversity. First, the April crude oil storage crisis. Following the trifecta of a pandemic, an OPEC spat, and a crash that redlined crude into negative territory, global demand for oil fell into an abyss. U.S. producers scrambled to find vacancies for their supplies amid a massive oil glut that birthed an equally massive demand to store it all. This led to the government offering storage at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, virtually rent-free. Producers leased floating tankers and underground salt caverns, commissioned trucks and trains, and repurposed frac tanks. The panic for more storage rippled from most every prolific producing basin, leading us to make some hard and fast decisions about drilling and output. Not what we wanted but what we had to do. Time to: get creative, adjust to conditions, never take storage for granted.

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