Permian Basin production recovers from COVID-19

Crude oil and natural gas production from the Permian Basin is substantially increasing.

By GlobalData August 9, 2021

The Permian Basin, the largest oil producing basin in the U.S., was the most affected play in the country during the COVID-19 pandemic times. However, production of crude oil and natural gas from this play is likely to exceed the pre-pandemic levels by 2022 amid market recovery from the pandemic, said GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

According to GlobalData’s latest report, Permian Basin in the U.S., 2021 – Oil and Gas Shale Market Analysis and Outlook to 2025, the Permian Basin is producing about 4.6 million barrels of oil per day (mmbd) at present and is projected to reach over 4.9 mmbd of crude oil production by the middle of 2022, which surpasses pre-pandemic production of 4.8 mmbd in February 2020.

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Doh concludes: “Despite West Texas Intermediate (WTI) price rebounding to the pre-pandemic levels, rigs are still slow in catching up. The Permian Basin rig count dropped to its lowest point in August 2020 at 117 rigs. Since September 2020, the basin has seen a slow increase in rig count, about 7%. As of June 2021, there were 235 rigs operating in the Permian Basin compared to only 135 rigs a year ago in June 2020. GlobalData expects oil and gas companies to refocus on their core assets in the Permian Basin and ramp up the drilling and completion activities.”

Original content can be found at Oil and Gas Engineering.