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Shifting to the ESG Mindset

Just two years ago, the environmental, social and governance (ESG) conversation was nascent, with general uncertainty as to its staying power. The E in ESG and, more specifically, emissions in the energy value chain have risen to the top of investor concerns. Wall Street and energy companies are now much more focused on ways to measure, monitor and monetize emissions reduction.

These early days for ESG in energy are characterized by a hyperfocus on Scope 1 emissions reduction, where producers are taking action to minimize greenhouse gas (GHG) sources that they directly control or own, including methane and CO2. At the same time, the ESG conversation appears to be unstoppable as public sentiment, investors, government policy and energy companies work out the details of where to prioritize Scope 1.

Tuned into the pulse of the emissions conversation across thousands of investors, energy executives and oilfield services, Enverus is uniquely positioned to provide market participants with a clear view into the current ESG landscape and emerging themes. Leveraging Enverus ESG Analytics, investors gain unprecedented data analysis and visualization capabilities to benchmark operator ESG on multiple dimensions, reveal future emissions reduction potential, assess upside opportunities and navigate risks.

Read on for an analysis of current ESG trends in the energy sector and the roadmap for enriching ESG analysis with new datasets and technology.

ESG themes in the energy sector

More than 70 countries have set a net-zero target, which has a large-scale ripple effect across the global carbon footprint, carbon markets and investor portfolios. There is a clear and consistent global emissions alignment that is driving ESG improvement in U.S. basins.

For the financial sector, this alignment is best seen in the consensus among investors on the crucial role of ESG to drive climate improvement and environmentally responsible portfolio decisions. This consensus has taken the form of the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investments, representing $120 trillion of assets under management across 4,000 firms. Such initiatives also include the Climate Action 100, an investor-led coalition that aims to elevate scrutiny of corporate GHG emissions and take ESG into consideration when allocating capital. And while the recent proposed SEC rules effectively make GHG disclosures voluntary for producers, this is only the first salvo of ESG-related rules that, at a minimum, require energy companies to disclose emissions that have a material impact on their operations.

Alignment on ESG is also demonstrated in the ways it is being monetized, such as the European Union’s Carbon Credit Trading System. Although carbon trading is voluntary in the U.S., new markets are opening around the fringe of emissions control, including responsibly sourced gas (RSG). Gas producers are rushing to obtain RSG certification because it assures natural gas buyers and investors that the commodity has been produced and transported along certified, low-GHG pathways. Enverus expects the RSG market will double in the coming year to 20 Bcf.

Global emissions alignment is most notable in the energy industry’s response to the ESG conversation over the last year. To qualify for RSG certifications, producers are retrofitting with new equipment that tracks GHG emissions and aligns with the industry’s hyperfocus on Scope 1 reduction.

Leading indicators of emissions improvement can be seen in corporate reports from energy companies, most of which have an explicit ESG mention. Growing support for ESG is also evidenced by budget line items that are allocated to emissions reduction. Energy companies are now spending tens of millions to reduce 1 million metric tons of CO2, which is equivalent to approximately $10 of various abatement costs per ton, or about one voluntary credit in today’s market.

No doubt, there is global alignment on reducing oilfield GHG emissions that is starkly juxtaposed with a revitalized and growing understanding that hydrocarbons are still crucial to our way of life as evidenced by strong global demand and record high commodity pricing. The focus is shifting away from an all-or-nothing energy transition to renewables to one of maintaining hydrocarbons’ crucial status in a broader energy mix. As such, the focus is now on rapid supply chain optimization, especially as many countries look to replace Russian oil and natural gas.

In today’s market, energy companies that take the right steps will be rewarded by Wall Street as long as investors have the justification to return capital to the best-in-class operators based on free cash flow, shareholder value and environmental stewardship.

Energy companies and market participants need reliable ESG data to track and meet emissions goals, ensure sound capital allocation and de-risk decisions. Until now, there has been a lack of clarity and universal standards regarding emissions data, limiting analysis and timely decision making.

With a focus on improving ESG data resolution as public data sets, direct-measure data and new technologies come online, Enverus ESG Analytics reduces ambiguity and clarifies oilfield emissions. ESG Analytics pulls in all the best available data, then standardizes and transforms it into useful layers within PRISM. Users can then easily incorporate analytics-ready ESG data into powerful workflows to pinpoint opportunities and risks in context with other PRISM workflows and category-leading Enverus data sets.

Source | Enverus

ESG Analytics: What’s on the horizon?

ESG Analytics is evolving alongside today’s industry and ESG focus. Enverus continues to stay several steps ahead of the trends and technologies that are influencing the market.

Several advancements are coming soon to ESG Analytics, including carbon capture breakeven, a facilities-level emissions data set and ESG events that will combine direct-measure sources with public GHG data.

More than oil and gas, ESG Analytics covers all emissions in the energy sector and extends beyond emissions. Water stewardship is an increasing focus for the environmental dimension of ESG.

ESG Analytics is not just focused on the E in ESG; our data and analytics platform also provide a growing wealth of data for social and governance. This is especially important as socially responsible sources of hydrocarbons open a new front in the market.

Equipped with ESG Analytics and PRISM’s cloud-based workflows, teams gain clear visibility into ESG with intuitive technology that enables you to interrogate data and get rapid answers. Reliable, decision-ready analytics are just a few clicks away, powering unmatched ESG insights that enable you to confidently pinpoint opportunities and de-risk portfolios.

You can learn more about ESG analytics here.

Coal Trips, Congestion Hits: Taking a Look at Blessing – Pavlov Congestion

With the recent heat in Texas, you may have noticed pockets of congestion which result in large price spikes, especially along the coast.

But is the heat the only cause for the congestion? Are there other factors at play? To make better forecasts and confident trades, we need to get a comprehensive understanding of the causes of congestion.

To do so, let’s break down the Blessing-Pavlov constraint with our near real-time generation and congestion monitoring tool, MUSE.

The image below shows the MUSE constraint breakdown of Blessing-Pavlov flo SSTPESP8 over the last 15 days. The top chart displays the constraint flows (green line) and binding hours for RT and DA (red and purple shading, respectively).

First, we used MUSE to look at the impact of any transmission outages. One thing that jumps out quickly is an outage that reduced flows over the weekend. Otherwise there doesn’t appear to be a large impact from transmission outages.

Next, we looked at the impact by fuel type at various aggregations. Looking at the zonal breakdown, we can see that south wind was the top impact at the fuel/zone level. Also, there is the negative or relieving impact from coast weather zone coal. Why is this important? News came out early this week of a fire at a Houston-area coal plant, which led to the unit being taken offline.

Finally, we looked at the load impact on this constraint. Immediately, it is apparent that the coast weather zone load plays an important role in the Blessing congestion.

In just a few minutes, we’re able to see multiple drivers for the Blessing-Pavlov constraint with a quick click through MUSE.

Do you have other constraints you would like to analyze? Want to see how MUSE could help you make faster, more confident decisions? Let us help you be the first to know exactly why new constraints bind. Get started today

Experts Update LNG Demand Growth, Global Oil Demand, EV Adoption and Impact From US SPR Drawdown

Calgary, Alberta (May 11, 2022) — Enverus Intelligence Research, a subsidiary of Enverus, the leading global energy data analytics and SaaS technology company, has released a trio of reports that update their long-term LNG demand growth, near-term impacts to global oil demand and electric vehicle adoption, as well as the impact of the United States’ strategic petroleum (SPR) draw down in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

These three distinct reports, each with unique takeaways, factor in the global energy restructuring taking place and increasingly tighter natural gas and oil supply and demand balances as the western world weighs the possibility of energy sanctions on Russia.

Statement & key takeaways from Long-Term North American LNG Demand Growth | Ukraine War Prompts Surge in Offtake Commitment:

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sparked a wave of LNG deals as buyers tried to lock up supply from North American projects. Enverus estimates buyers in March signed up for 19 million tons annually of LNG, nearly equaling the total of deals inked last year. The tightness in global markets changes the outlook significantly for the next tier of projects and less commercially advanced projects likely benefit the most from the current market environment.”

— Al Salazar, Senior Vice President, Enverus Intelligence Research

  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and EU certification of low emissions LNG as energy transition option exacerbated the call on LNG with offtakers signing ~19 MMtpa of offtake deals for North American LNG after war and more than 80% secured in March, a record for offtake commitments.
  • The onstream U.S export facilities are fully utilized and have limited ability to add capacity. The only incremental U.S. LNG export capacity this year comes from the remaining trains (~0.9 Bcf/d) at Calcasieu Pass or debottlenecking of existing facilities. NFE targets a 1Q23 in-service date for its 2.8 MMtpa Fast LNG project, ~1.2 Bcf/d of LNG feedgas demand is anticipated to be added relative to March volumes.
  • Plaquemines, Corpus Christi Stage 3 and Woodfibre altogether will add ~32.6 MMtpa of LNG export capacity (~4.3 Bcf/d) by 2025. We now expect U.S. feedgas demand to increase to ~23.5 Bcf/d in 2027. Global tailwinds add ~2 Bcf/d to our March outlook.

Statement & key takeaways from Oil Demand Update | Ukraine, Inflation Headwinds:

“The last time we experienced 3.6% global GDP growth with $100 oil was in 2014, when global oil demand grew by 1.3 MMbbl/d Y/Y. Today, under similar conditions, we are forecasting 1.65 MMbbl/d Y/Y growth this year, which is bearish relative to projections from the IEA and EIA. U.S. oil demand remains steady with little indication that high prices are eroding consumption yet. It appears that drawing oil from the strategic petroleum reserve at a rate of ~0.55 MMbbl/d over the past few weeks has been effective at keeping prices in check.”

— Chetan Sharma, Senior Associate, Enverus Intelligence Research

  • Enverus Intelligence Research cut sharply its oil demand growth forecast for 2022 to 1.65 MMbbl/d as higher oil prices damped consumption and the Ukraine war drives other commodity prices higher.
  • The timing of peak oil demand is less clear. On the one hand, higher oil prices and security of supply concerns will advance the transition to renewables. But policymakers in the near term may also choose to extend the life of coal and other carbon-intensive hydrocarbons as part of a plan to address surging energy prices.

 Statement & key takeaways from PetroLogic | The Biden Band-Aid:

“Had it not been for Joe Biden’s Band-Aid of withdrawals from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Russian supply outages and rising demand would have kept balances tight and stocks drawing through the remainder of the year. Aside from the oil being released from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, U.S. oil production growth will help ease tightness, even if delivering that growth is challenged by oil field constraints such as limited rig crews.”

— Bill Farren-Price, Director, Enverus Intelligence Research

  • Enverus Intelligence Research expects Brent to remain comfortably above $100 in 2022.
  • Last month, Enverus Intelligence Research halved its 2022 forecast for oil demand growth to 1.5 MMbbl/d from 3 MMbbl/d prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Given the recovery in U.S. air traffic this year and steady gasoline consumption, we nudged up our forecast to 1.65 MMbbl/d Y/Y.
  • Baseline revisions to U.S. supply mean lower outright production despite the upgrade in growth this year to 1.2 MMbbl/d exit-to-exit in 2022 with downside risk given oilfield services constraints.
  • The precise rate at which Russian oil is sanctioned remains key as does the pace of OPEC’s ramp in supply as it nears capacity limits.

Members of the media should contact Jon Haubert to schedule an interview with one of Enverus Intelligence Research’s expert analysts.

About Enverus
Enverus is the leading energy SaaS company delivering highly-technical insights and predictive/prescriptive analytics that empower customers to make decisions that increase profit. Enverus’ innovative technologies drive production and investment strategies, enable best practices for energy and commodity trading and risk management, and reduce costs through automated processes across critical business functions. Enverus is a strategic partner to more than 6,000 customers in 50 countries. Learn more at Enverus.com.

About Enverus Intelligence Research
Enverus Intelligence Research, Inc. is a subsidiary of Enverus and publishes energy-sector research that focuses on the oil and natural gas industries and broader energy topics including publicly traded and privately held oil, gas, midstream and other energy industry companies, basin studies (including characteristics, activity, infrastructure, etc.), commodity pricing forecasts, global macroeconomics and geopolitical matters.  Enverus Intelligence Research, Inc. is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an investment adviser.

Podcast Review: Green Trends and Looking for Winners and Losers

Bill Farren-Price and Morgan Kwan, hosts of Energy Levelized, sit down with Ryan Luther, senior vice president of Enverus’ Power & Renewables Intelligence research team. The energy transition is gaining investment momentum in some areas more than others, and the hosts chat with Ryan about the impacts of “greenflation” and the investment opportunities in this growing sector.

Green energy is considered a vital part of driving, or accelerating, the transition toward net-zero over the next few years. There is, however, some uncertainty in delivering these targets and maintaining momentum on the pathway towards carbon mitigation. Luther believes green energy will inevitably play a significant role, particularly when discussing wind and solar.

“There have been significant commitments worldwide within both industries, but intermittency remains a challenge and it’s unlikely we can reach this net-zero goal by relying on wind and solar alone,” explains Luther.

Other energy sources like nuclear and storage will be critical in following the pathway to eliminating carbon emissions. According to Luther, we have recently experienced an attitude shift in moving away from high carbon-intensive industries toward renewable energy. With the current energy crisis in Europe, we are beginning to experience a radical change, with a decline in dependency on sectors like natural gas. There has been a notable change in the nuclear industry, too. Germany put a halt to nuclear energy after the events in Fukushima, which created a considerable shift in the tone. We are, however, beginning to see a more positive response to nuclear as a carbon-free alternative.

Intermittency, however, continues to be a challenge in the renewables industry. In the discussion, Kwan asks whether we may move closer to a storage solution for green technologies capable of resolving the intermittency issue and enabling us to store some of the power from the energy mix. According to Luther, planned projects in the U.S. could allow some higher carbon energy sources to be retired. Luther believes that we will have to rely on storage more in the future, but this is very dependent on driving down costs. Businesses are continuously exploring new technology and developing batteries capable of reducing prices.

From an investment perspective, Farren-Price questions whether Enverus has noticed a shift in the flow of investments toward green energy and if inflation is impacting investment decisions within the green energy space.

According to Luther, there have been significant changes, especially in the private equity scene. There has been a notable shift in investments toward renewable energy and fuels. The inflation impact has had a significant effect on green energy. The returns on these projects are relatively small and require leveraged finance and a low interest rate to enable better returns on investment in green technologies.

“Low interest rates will inevitably drive investment into this market, but, as pointed out, these rates are continuing to rise. The negative implications of this increase are offset to some extent by the commitment to increase spending and transforming policies to enable further investment and higher returns,” explains Luther.

Governments continue to introduce fiscal policies that enable additional green technology to be created but can cause other assets to be retired before reaching their end of life. When this happens, the companies with retired assets still need to get value. Retired assets then translate into increased costs for the power customer. This process represents one part of the inflation challenge. The other side, which has an equal impact, is the volume of materials required to develop the infrastructure — and this includes battery technology. Transmission is one way to support the storage or intermittency factor, but transmission requires significant quantities of copper.

Wind turbines, for example, require considerable amounts of copper, while solar panels need rare earth minerals obtained via mining activities. “There is a major movement toward green technologies in western economies with plans to expand considerably. The electric vehicle market is a fine example of an accelerated green market, but this rate of progress is adding massive pressure on raw materials,” explains Luther.

The shortages of rare minerals have been part of the supply chain headwinds experienced during the pandemic recovery period of the economy. Inflation has created several headwinds, and the question now is whether the government is prepared to facilitate the investment needed for the industry and whether we will see more subsidies within the green technology market.

Luther believes we will experience growth in areas that currently lack subsidies. Subsidies in the U.S. are being pulled back in some cases as these technologies become more cost competitive. Many countries, however, have a ways to go before transitioning and reaching a point where subsidies are applied to make that investment happen. In terms of the oil and gas industry, inflation doesn’t necessarily impact the cost to the producer, especially bearing in mind the oil and gas prices we have today. Lots of steel is used for drilling wells but the margins on those businesses are based on existing prices being much higher than renewable energy. There has been a big trend toward reducing these costs and forcing margins to be relatively minimal.

During their discussion, Farren-Price asks about the new energy space and the range of different renewable and power projects opening up to the investment sector. He questions whether there is an area that is particularly exciting to Luther and how he would intend to invest today. Luther explains that they are exploring the transition of the green economy and believes there are exciting areas for investment. There are areas with additional new data sets that he believes are yet to be taken advantage of. He mentions the work done on the power generation and storage industry, highlighting the specific research on electric vehicle charging infrastructure and the abundance of unique data to explore market variations.

Green hydrogen — an overhyped Industry?

Farren-Price explains that some industries may be somewhat overhyped. For example, a year or so ago, hydrogen received lots of attention but has since quieted down. He queries whether this is because of a lack of available technology, or a challenge of higher costs compared to other technologies.

“From a share price return, many of these new energy growth sectors like hydrogen, storage or residential solar installation have been affected, but it’s not necessarily that the technology isn’t playing out as expected,” explains Luther. “It has more to do with asset prices creating higher discount rates and very long-dated growth assets.”

Luther refers to some of the work at their conference exploring market expectations, growth rates and the whole total addressable market and how they expect this to grow. In December, the stock prices for many of these sectors were not high enough to reflect that kind of growth. He anticipates a lot of growth over the next 10 to 15 years and believes that growth remains underappreciated within these sectors. In terms of hydrogen, Luther agrees that it may be a little overhyped. Significant policy changes, particularly in Europe, will influence the demand for emerging energy resources. While it may not necessarily be as cost competitive as something like electric vehicles, it is something that will continue developing in the future.

The rise of electric vehicles

Kwan concludes the discussion by asking about the existing technologies on the market and which one stands out. Exploring the currently available technologies and mass adoption, Luther highlights electric vehicles as a prominent industry, particularly new models with lower maintenance and higher ranges, making them very competitive compared to conventionally powered models. Luther stresses the challenge with batteries and the inflation of materials that will create higher costs for the customer. The scale of innovation and investment can enable businesses to overcome these challenges and accelerate further within the electric vehicle manufacturing and charging space. The transition to green energy will be significant for the wind and solar industries but be slightly more challenging to get high returns as these areas are more utility focused.

You can listen to the latest episode of Energy Levelized here, and find previous episodes here.

Information contained in this blog is based on a podcast recording and is provided for information purposes only and is not to be used or considered as investment advice or a recommendation or offer to buy or sell any securities or other financial instruments.

 

Oil Price Forecasting and Geopolitical Risk

Calgary, Alberta (May 3, 2022) — Enverus Intelligence Research, a subsidiary of Enverus, the leading global energy data analytics and SaaS technology company, has introduced a new geopolitical risk index built to gauge market sentiment and better understand oil price movements beyond fundamental price forecasting.

“By quantifying the geopolitical premium, we estimate how much of a risk differential is warranted versus the fundamental price forecast,” said Bill Farren-Price, lead report author and director of Enverus Intelligence Research. “The current geopolitical premium has eroded materially as Brent appears to have settled around the $100/bbl mark — a value that we feel is fundamentally justified. The geopolitical premium reached its peak when Russia invaded Ukraine and Brent touched $139/bbl.”

Key takeaways from the report:

  • EIR can now project not just global oil supply, demand and stocks, but also explain the spread in forecast oil prices from our fundamental outlook based on a sentiment score generated by a proprietary algorithm fed by open-source keywords.
  • The new index enables us to estimate geopolitical premium or discount in oil prices. The index our geopolitical index can be useful for market participants such as oil option traders, oil price hedgers and geopolitical observers.
  • Looking back through history, we can see those events, such as the Arab Spring tensions, resulted in $10-$15/bbl price premium in 2012-2013, drone attacks at Saudi’s Abqaiq-Khurais facility led to a premium of about $10/bbl in 2019, and an anticipated demand rebound from COVID-19 equated to nearly $20/bbl.

Graph of Oil Price Forecasting Foundation

Members of the media should contact Jon Haubert to schedule an interview with one of Enverus Intelligence Research’s expert analysts.

About Enverus
Enverus is the leading energy SaaS company delivering highly-technical insights and predictive/prescriptive analytics that empower customers to make decisions that increase profit. Enverus’ innovative technologies drive production and investment strategies, enable best practices for energy and commodity trading and risk management, and reduce costs through automated processes across critical business functions. Enverus is a strategic partner to more than 6,000 customers in 50 countries. Learn more at Enverus.com.

About Enverus Intelligence Research
Enverus Intelligence Research, Inc. is a subsidiary of Enverus and publishes energy-sector research that focuses on the oil and natural gas industries and broader energy topics including publicly traded and privately held oil, gas, midstream and other energy industry companies, basin studies (including characteristics, activity, infrastructure, etc.), commodity pricing forecasts, global macroeconomics and geopolitical matters. Enverus Intelligence Research, Inc. is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an investment adviser.

Still Managing Operations On Paper? You’re Doing It Wrong

Keeping projects running on time is critical for optimal performance. While tracking these projects for cost management purposes isn’t the exciting part of an operating venture, documenting the work correctly is critical to ensure budgets and timelines are met. 

We will wager if you look at this documentation process in your own operations, you’re likely to find bottlenecks that slow your process efficiency. Common challenges include inaccurate coding, insufficient documentation, incompatible systems and redundant, labor-intensive processes. These lead to a lack of visibility into operational spend and wasted time and resources.  

Fear not! These common bottlenecks can be easily fixed by digitalizing all or part of your source-to-pay process. These upgrades will bring significant value to your business. Examples include:  

  • Lowered processing overhead and G&A spend. 
  • Overbilling prevention. 
  • Reduced compliance violations and rogue spend.
  • Access to spend reports for better budgeting and forecasting.
  • Improved collaboration and relationships with suppliers.

Here are five different ways you can digitalize and automate processes to save your staff’s valuable time.   

1. Digitalize invoices for shorter invoice cycles 

 

Digitalizing your invoices is the first major step that will help you become more efficient, both in time and cost. Also, as your organization grows, digitalization and automation sets you up to easily scale with minimal effort. Processing a paper invoice costs between $15-$30, while digital invoices cost between $3-$6. While digitalization is beneficial for an oil and gas business of any size, the benefits are amplified for small- and medium- sized operations because automation allows these businesses to manage large invoice volumes without a large internal staff.  

Stephanie Brittain, AP manager at TEP Barnett says, “With OpenInvoice, we process 10,000 — 15,000 invoices each month with a staff of two.”

Watch the video below to learn how the digitalization of invoices makes it possible for TEP Barnett to manage its high invoice volume without a large internal AP team.

Digital invoices are also easier to track. If you use an AP management system like OpenInvoice, the Enverus AP solution that operates on a connected network of oil and gas buyers and suppliers, you can communicate with your suppliers within the platform for better status tracking and faster dispute resolution, ultimately shortening invoice cycles. If you shorten your invoice cycles enough, you could negotiate more early pay discounts, saving your company even more money.  

When choosing a digital invoicing solution, there are two things to look for: 

  • Connected to a network Ideally, your invoice solution operates using a network of connected suppliers. The larger the community of providers in oil and gas, the better. This makes collaboration and communication much easier and faster.  
  • Flexible and customizable Every business wants to grow, so while you may be considering digitalizing invoices only at this time, it’s wise to plan for how your technology can scale with your business. Ideally, you want a SaaS solution with customizable workflows to fit your business processes. With SaaS, updates and support are typically included in the license fee, so you save money by eliminating support and maintenance fees. All system maintenance work is done by the provider, freeing up IT resources. It should also integrate with various financial and ERP systems 

2. Automate price compliance for improved spend management 

 

Reducing opex and optimizing capex are top of mind for energy businesses across the board. Managing digital price books is a way to support more automation and improve overall cost control through price compliance enforcement. With digital price books, you can empower your suppliers to keep the price book updated before your approval, eliminating overhead.  

Discovery Natural Resources leverages Enverus digital PriceBook with OpenInvoice to systematically enforce compliance while reducing time spent manually reviewing alerts. Discovery estimates a monthly time savings of 12 hours per week by not manually enforcing compliance. Also, vendors have been trained in PriceBook collaboration, reducing the amount of time Discovery spends maintaining more than 120 active price books. Discovery has gone from updating 10 price items per day to less than 10 per week, an estimated savings of eight hours a month.  

3. Auto-approve invoices 

 

Adding automation, removing extra steps, modifying the sequence of steps or changing who performs the steps in these specific areas could make your entire workflow faster and more efficient.  

After examining its OpenInvoice data, one large Permian operator realized invoice approvals were creating a bottleneck in its AP process. Often, in this approval process, the same person that approves the field ticket must also approve the invoice, creating a double touch. After analyzing the data, the company realized approvers averaged eight seconds approving low-value invoices. This indicated the approvers weren’t properly reviewing the invoices due to the volume of low-value invoices requiring approval.  

The company decided to implement invoice auto-approvals.  If the field ticket and the invoice contain the same information, the approver doesn’t need to review the invoice. The operator has since fully automated 40% of its invoice approvals and partially automated between 20-30%.  

This same operator took this another step further, realizing more time savings, using OpenTicket, the Enverus digital field ticket solution, integrated with WellView. The field supervisor enters the cost estimation in the morning report and sends it to the office as part of the daily operation’s routine. The information is then exported into OpenTicket. If the ticket submitted by the supplier matches the morning report information, it is automatically approved. Suppliers can submit their invoices faster and it removes manual work from drilling and completion engineers. Everyone is happy.

About the automation the senior lead accountant at the operator said, “In Q2 2021, we took a daily report from WellView and started matching it up manually against our OpenTicket data with the intention to help our approvers quickly identify which exceptions they needed to review. As soon as we turned on auto-approval, we were able to match 80% of tickets, driving our average approval time from 15 to less than four days.”  

If you were able to match 80% of your ticket volume, we suspect your drilling and completion engineers will thank you. 

Automatic invoice approvals, or touchless invoicing, is just one example of a process improvement opportunity that helps energy companies reduce their overall invoice processing cycle times, which leads to more early pay discounts. By removing repetitive, manual work through process improvement, your team can focus more on high-value activities like cost analysis, forecasting and budget control.  

4. Leverage mobile tracking technology to validate work faster 

 

Workers often work in remote areas or at unsupervised job sites, so validating these jobs can be tricky. New advances in technology allow these workers to track their routes using their own mobile devices or those provided by their employer.   

Mobile devices use GPS coordinates and geofence proximities to automatically capture details for suppliers related to job location and times. OpenTicket Mobile, the Enverus mobile app, even provides detailed views of routes and hours spent on the entire job on the work ticket.  

Ticket details that match mobile data provided by the supplier are automatically validated. Alerts signal approvers if the number of hours or service locations entered on the ticket don’t align with GPS and geofencing records. This allows you to switch to a manage-by-exception model for more time savings. 

This use of mobile technology is particularly valuable for LOE operations. Your operations teams in the field can turn more focus on maximizing production and managing job safety. Suppliers can leverage IoT technology to accurately track the work performed so they can focus on the work at hand.

NEW! OpenTicket Mobile uses GPS and geofencing technology to track job time and routes, making work validation much easier, especially at unmanned locations.

5. Digitalize the ordering process

 

If you want to maximize spend and time efficiency, managing the order-receive-invoice process digitally in one platform ensures consistency for cost objects and GL codes. This means orders can be referenced to field tickets and invoices, saving significant time with automated compliance checks and three-way matches. Also, automated three-way matching allows you to automate invoice payments without manual intervention. 

When considering solution options, it’s important to remember that energy is unique as 80% of the industry’s spend is on services, so the scope and quantity of deliverables aren’t known until after work is performed. Procurement solutions that work on a discrete PO model only make processing services spend extremely painful and time-consuming. The best solution is one that is built specifically for energy workflows. Discrete POs are great for managing goods procurement, services require more flexibility. One example of this is Grayson Mill.    

Grayson Mill Energy, an operator with assets in the Williston and Powder River Basins, digitalized their procure-to-pay process with the Enverus source-to-pay solution to automate the three-way match. Due to the many services the company sources, purchase orders were not always fit for purpose, but are often necessary for supply chain and accounting governance.  

Mary Atkinson, director of Supply Chain at Grayson Mill said, “One of the things that I’ve found is while the three-way match is an easy concept, it’s very hard to execute. Now we have all the information: your cost centers, chart of accounts, your supplier information, your well ID, your AFE number, etc. That information is in the system already, and it all matches.  

When you have a purchase order with approval, with coding upfront, it’s much easier to validate as a goods receipt. Then when a supplier submits an invoice, there is your match right there, all in the same system with the same information.”  

Operations teams benefit from this digital workflow because by linking purchases and call-outs to coding and AFE line items, they can track against estimates before a field ticket or shipment is received,  sometimes well in advance. 

This advanced insight into spend, coupled with automated compliance checks and workflow automation, provides greater insight and control over the procurement process, saves time and significantly improves spend management on projects. 

We’ve shown you different options on how you can accelerate and improve operations. To find opportunities in your own company, first, evaluate your workflows. Are there specific areas where there are bottlenecks? Due to high volumes, are there long ticket approval times, long payment cycles, or delayed invoice approvals?  

Once you begin your own audit, you’ll likely uncover ideas. You’ll want to create a list of potential initiatives, and do a strategic analysis by determining the estimated time and cost of each initiative compared to the impact it will have on your organization. Based on this analysis, you can determine what makes sense to implement first. It doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing approach. In fact, many customers that use Enverus solutions to streamline their source-to-pay processes tackle implementation in a phased approach.

The two important things to remember are: 

  1. It’s not all or nothing  Taking just one of these steps, whether it’s digitalizing your invoices or your entire source-to-pay process, will improve your business’ efficiency.
  2. Incremental digitalization amplifies value — If you choose to digitalize your processes over time, each addition will only further improve operating efficiency and cost management, providing you demonstrable results that position your company as an operation worthy of investment. 

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Enverus’ MineraliQ Offers Greater Transparency, Digital Management for Individual Mineral Owners

Austin, Texas (April 19, 2022) – Enverus, the leading energy SaaS company, has released MineraliQ, a free product that empowers mineral owners with a simple, easy-to-use portfolio management tool. These individual or family-owned mineral owners typically have ties to a small number of wells and royalty income under $100,000 annually. MineraliQ brings together everything from production data and well locations to post-production costs and expenses, providing a perspective on mineral assets rarely available to anyone other than big investors. This first-of-a-kind product is also the first consumer-focused product Enverus has released to the public.

With the price of oil above $100/bbl, calls for increased U.S. energy production continue to grow. Many economists point to a great transfer of wealth with 10,000 Americans reaching age 65 every day and facing retirement. This population controls an estimated $59 trillion in wealth that is being passed down to their children and heirs. In addition to a population and economic shift, this generational “silver wave” will likely pose a significant information gap and history of investments for many of the 12 million mineral owners receiving $50 billion in royalties each year. Unfortunately, tools to access, monitor and effectively manage these interests are severely limited, with small mineral owners often suffering from limited information to properly manage their assets.

“Individual or family-owned mineral owners often rely on mailed royalty checks as a key source of income and information. In time, that valuable information can be lost, overlooked or misunderstood. By tailoring this product to consumers and creating an online tool that is as easy to use as popular money management tools that many consumers use today to track budgets or investments, we’re providing the same transparency that large mineral owners and royalty companies take for granted. It gives non-institutional mineral owners a one-stop, overall view of their mineral portfolio, making it easier to manage their assets,” said Lindsey Artman, vice president of product management for Enverus.

Once an account is created, an owner enters their information to connect them to their mineral assets. Then MineraliQ automatically links revenue statement details to wells from the Enverus database, providing information in a format that’s well-organized and easy to digest. The product includes an interactive map displaying well locations and nearby oilfield activity, a feature of interest to the many mineral owners who are physically removed from their mineral interests and have difficulty keeping track of drilling and completion activities taking place around their property. Royalty mailing data confirms that mineral owners with a stake in the Permian’s vast oil and gas patch often live elsewhere, like Jacksonville, FL, Tucson and Phoenix, AZ, or San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA. Enverus’ MineraliQ will serve as both a financial management tool and education center, tackling common questions on topics like post-production charges, how to read a check stub, mineral leasing options and useful information for selling mineral interests.

“Many royalty owners find themselves using paper spreadsheets to track their oil and gas interests, due to lack of a better system. MineraliQ allows them to digitize their own financial information and enables options that may have previously been seen as out of reach,” noted Phillip Dunning, director of product management for Enverus.

Visit MineraliQ.com to learn more.

About Enverus
Enverus is the leading energy SaaS company delivering highly-technical insights and predictive/prescriptive analytics that empower customers to make decisions that increase profit. Enverus’ innovative technologies drive production and investment strategies, enable best practices for energy and commodity trading and risk management, and reduce costs through automated processes across critical business functions. Enverus is a strategic partner to more than 6,000 customers in 50 countries. Learn more at Enverus.com.

 

US Upstream M&A Opens Strong in 2022

Austin, Texas (April 13, 2022) — Enverus, the leading energy data analytics and SaaS technology company, is releasing its summary of 1Q22 M&A activity. As the M&A market marched into the new year, $14 billion in deals were announced during the first quarter of 2022. The $6 billion transacted in January 2022 was the strongest M&A market launch in five years. However, the last significant transaction occurred in early March before a spike in commodity prices temporarily halted activity.

“All the factors that kept upstream deals resilient in 2021 carried over into the new year,” said Andrew Dittmar, director at Enverus. “That included a need for inventory by public companies, ready private sellers and favorable pricing. However, the volatility in energy prices caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine stalled nearly all deals in March.”

Table showing top five U.S. upstream deals of Q1 2022

Overall, deals were most active in the Rockies region (more than 50% of total 1Q22 value) driven particularly by buyer interest in North Dakota’s Williston Basin and Colorado’s DJ Basin. The always consistent Permian Basin captured a bit under 30% of deal value and one big deal in the Marcellus drove the roughly 20% of value allocated to the Eastern region. A lack of deals in the previously active Haynesville and a continued slow pace in the Eagle Ford meant transactions in Ark-La-Tex and the Gulf Coast were sparse.

Private company exits remained a primary theme accounting for four of the five largest deals of the quarter. Chesapeake continued its buildout of core gas-focused inventory in the northeast Marcellus by acquiring private Chief Oil & Gas and associated Tug Hill interests in a $2.6 billion transaction. While that deal was more focused on building inventory runway and Chesapeake was willing to pay for it, other buyers like Earthstone Energy in the Midland Basin and PDC Energy in the DJ Basin sought acquisitions that could be purchased solely for the value of existing production while still adding future drilling locations.

“Buyers have been cautious about raising the offer price in deals to match the rise in commodity prices. Even before the latest bout of volatility, upstream assets were pricing cheaply on most metrics relative to historical averages,” Dittmar said. “The quick surge in commodity prices that accompanied the war in Ukraine has particularly blown out the gap between what buyers are willing to pay and sellers expect to get. And because they are so far apart, we have seen a pause in upstream deals.”

One of the deal types less susceptible to commodity pricing risk is the so-called corporate mergers of equals. In these mergers, two public companies of similar size combine with little to no premium paid to the acquired company. These types of deals, targeted at creating a larger and hopefully more stable platform for investors, were more common in the early innings of the post-COVID market. The combination of Oasis Petroleum and Whiting Petroleum in the Bakken in early March was a return to this type of transaction and the first public-public company merger since August 2021. The two mid-sized producers are likely hopeful that a larger company will give them the scale to better pursue further consolidation and add inventory in the maturing Bakken.

“There should still be plenty of upstream deals to be had,” Dittmar said. “Those can come from further private exits, non-core sales by the big producers like ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil, or the remaining smaller E&Ps finding merger partners. We just need some stability in commodity pricing and an acquisition or two to benchmark deals to reignite what should be an active market.”

Members of the media can contact Jon Haubert to request a copy of the full report or to schedule an interview with one of Enverus’ expert analysts.

About Enverus
Enverus is the leading energy SaaS company delivering highly-technical insights and predictive/prescriptive analytics that empower customers to make decisions that increase profit. Enverus’ innovative technologies drive production and investment strategies, enable best practices for energy and commodity trading and risk management, and reduce costs through automated processes across critical business functions. Enverus is a strategic partner to more than 6,000 customers in 50 countries. Learn more at Enverus.com.

 

Global Oil Supply, Demand & Prices Become Clear Despite the Fog of War

Calgary, Alberta (April 4, 2022) — Enverus Intelligence Research, a subsidiary of Enverus, the leading global energy data analytics and SaaS technology company, has released its latest PetroLogic report, The Fog of War. In it, EIR assesses the outlook for oil supply amid sanctions on Russian energy and what that could mean for prices in the near term.

“With oil prices persistently high since Russia’s late February invasion of Ukraine, we have pared by more than 50% of our expectations for demand growth this year. We now expect global oil demand to grow about 1.5 MMbbl/d Y/Y in 2022, subject to further revision as GDP forecasts are adjusted lower,” said Bill Farren-Price, lead report author and director of Enverus Intelligence Research. “Faced with technical challenges and potential reputational damage, European buyers are avoiding Russian cargoes, which were down by ~1.5 MMbbl/d in early March.”

Key takeaways from the report:

  • EIR now project stock draws through 2022 until Q4, which is mostly in balance as demand growth eases, reflecting lower supply and easing demand as higher prices bite. Our Brent price forecast is now anchored above $100/bbl, reflecting tighter balances on the back of the Ukraine war.
  • The March surge in Brent prices towards $140 brings a focus onto the risks to oil demand. EIR has halved its forecast for oil demand growth in 2022 and GDP downgrades will erode that view further in the coming month.

Members of the media should contact Jon Haubert to schedule an interview with one of Enverus Intelligence Research’s expert analysts.

About Enverus
Enverus is the leading energy SaaS company delivering highly-technical insights and predictive/prescriptive analytics that empower customers to make decisions that increase profit. Enverus’ innovative technologies drive production and investment strategies, enable best practices for energy and commodity trading and risk management, and reduce costs through automated processes across critical business functions. Enverus is a strategic partner to more than 6,000 customers in 50 countries. Learn more at Enverus.com.

About Enverus Intelligence Research
Enverus Intelligence Research, Inc. is a subsidiary of Enverus and publishes energy-sector research that focuses on the oil and natural gas industries and broader energy topics including publicly traded and privately held oil, gas, midstream and other energy industry companies, basin studies (including characteristics, activity, infrastructure, etc.), commodity pricing forecasts, global macroeconomics and geopolitical matters.  Enverus Intelligence Research, Inc. is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an investment adviser.

5 Ways Attending the EVOLVE Conference Will Elevate Your Energy Business Strategy

The energy industry is feeling pressure from all sides — from a growing demand for energy diversification and a focus on production levels fueled by geopolitical events, to price inflation driving up costs while investors stand firm on their demand for capital discipline and more free cash flow. The stakes have never been higher than right now.

This year’s EVOLVE Conference, hosted by Enverus, takes place April 25-27 and offers the rare opportunity to immerse yourself in three days of knowledge sharing, discussions and exposure to new technologies that will equip you with new ideas on how your business can plan for change, exceed investors’ expectations, lower opex and streamline operations.

Here are the top five reasons you should attend EVOLVE 2022:

1. Learn new ways to de-risk investment decisions and optimize capital to maximize asset ROI

While M&A will remain an important part of overall business strategy for many, gone are the days of land rush activity that occurred between 2010-2018. Market maturation combined with constrained capital has caused operators to shift their focus to developing and optimizing existing assets.

Maximizing returns on these assets requires advanced analytics and current market intelligence so you can de-risk decisions and optimize every step of the asset lifecycle: evaluation, purchase, initial design, development, execution and monitoring. The EVOLVE agenda includes several sessions that explore methods and new ideas to apply to your own asset development and optimization strategy. Sessions such as “Get Ahead of Price Changes With Should-Cost Modeling” and “Price Inflation’s Impact on Economic Activity,” provide insight and ideas to counteract rising inflation in the oilfield and improve capital management. Other sessions, such as “The Secret Sauce: Ingredients for Upstream Asset Development, Optimize Your Asset by Integrating Proprietary Data” and “Measuring Out the Last Leg,” address new solutions to optimize other phases of the asset lifecycle. At EVOLVE, you will find solutions for better asset evaluation, design, development, operations execution and optimization.

2. Expand your knowledge, no matter where you play in the energy space

Our industry is an ecosystem of businesses that combine their expertise, working together to extract resources from the ground, harness the power of wind and water or capture sunlight to bring affordable energy to the world. EVOLVE offers informational sessions that can help you develop your specific expertise further, whether you manage a minerals portfolio, run drilling and completions, or transport oil and gas to refineries.

OFS and midstream professionals curious about their role in the power and renewables landscape can check out “Energy Evolution for All: OFS & Midstream in Power & Renewables.” Other sessions, such as “A Conversation: The Future With Storage, Alternative Ways To Monitor Field Activity” and “Mineral Valuations: An Analytics-Intensive Approach,” are just a few examples of how EVOLVE spans the energy value chain.

3. Gain in-depth understanding of how ESG and renewables will shape the future of energy

EVOLVE offers numerous sessions on the topic that is top of mind for everyone in our industry. In the session “Four Forces of the Energy Evolution,” our analysts will discuss how political, consumer, investor and microeconomics are driving the energy evolution and provide an overview of this complex topic, so you’ll be prepared to navigate the future of renewables. Other sessions build on this critical topic, including the two-part series “Responsible Sourcing: ESG & Risk in Supplier Sourcing” and “From RFx to Contract Award, Renewable Project Finance: What Matters?,” “Picking the Winners: The Renewable Project Pipeline and Energy Evolution for All: OFS and Midstream in Power and Renewables. “

4. Get the knowledge you need to plan your path forward

Several market forces have converged in the energy industry at one time. To create a sustainable business strategy that paves the way for long-term success, it is critical that energy professionals understand the implications of these forces on our industry now and in the future.  Sessions led by Enverus analysts and other industry thought leaders will paint a picture of the road ahead, so you better understand how to respond. For example, the session, “Global Energy Perspective 2022 – How Energy Demand Will Evolve to 2050,” led by Luciano Di Fiori, a partner at McKinsey & Company, will provide the latest long-term energy outlook that examines recovery from COVID-19 and the long-term effects triggered the perfect storm of shifts in technology, regulation changes, evolving consumer preferences and investor sentiment.

5. You don’t know what you don’t know … until you attend EVOLVE

There are forces influencing our industry beyond geopolitics and investors that you should know about but don’t know about … yet. This is another reason to attend EVOLVE.

We’ll dig into these questions:

  • How will satellite technology change how we track global emissions?
  • What actually changed after the unprecedented winter storm that occurred deep in the heart of Texas? How will these changes impact power markets in the future?
  • Can we eliminate both energy poverty and net carbon emissions?

Sessions including “Eyes in the Sky: How Satellite Technology Will Change the Game, ERCOT: What has Changed?” and “Super-Spiked: ESG 2.0 & Energy Transition Framework” are just some examples of valuable content featured at EVOLVE 2022 that will provide you with new knowledge and perspectives.

So, you shouldn’t be asking yourself, “Why should I attend EVOLVE?” The real question is, “Why wouldn’t I attend EVOLVE?”

We hope you can join us for this once-a-year opportunity where we bring together our network of experts to share critical energy insights. After two years of powering the world while maintaining physical distance, EVOLVE provides a chance for us to enjoy each other’s company face-to-face, to reconnect with peers, trade knowledge and learn. Ultimately, as we face the road ahead, we know we are better and stronger together.

Click here to view EVOLVE’s full agenda and register.

 

A Message to Enverus Employees

Team,

Like many of you, we have been watching the war in Ukraine unfold with horror and deep sadness. Our hearts go out to anyone who’s been affected, including our customers, employees and their families.

As always, our first priority is our people. Enverus employs contractors who work from Ukraine, and we have been communicating with them and exploring how to best assist them. For any employee who needs support, we encourage you to utilize our Employee Assistance Programs, which you can learn about on our intranet. You can also reach out to your local HR business partners.

With the U.S. and its allies continuing to increase sanctions on Russia, we’ve been considering how Enverus can respond to the situation ethically, legally and effectively. After thorough evaluation, we have decided to suspend access for customers that are owned by Russian companies.

We did not reach this decision lightly. We have consulted outside legal advisors, our financial sponsors and board members, and have considered the actions and conduct of other multi-national companies. We wish there had been an alternate path that satisfied our legal and ethical obligations, but like many others have concluded that suspending service is the right path for us at this moment, and hope for a speedy resolution to the conflict.

We will continue to monitor developments closely and will provide updates regarding any additional actions.

Thank you all for your continued efforts. During this uncertain time, our work to help customers navigate changes in the energy markets has become more important than ever. With the Biden administration’s ban on oil imported from Russia, we’ve become the go-to source of knowledge for energy companies — from supermajors and large independents to institutional investors — that are seeking help while navigating this evolving situation.

In this challenging time, our Enverus family has demonstrated our values and come together as One Team, whether inside or outside the office. We are deeply grateful for your support of this business and each other.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your manager, or to me.

Regards,

Jeff Hughes
CEO
Enverus

Which Way to Grow: US Oil Supply Likely To Increase

Calgary, Alberta (March 21, 2022) — Enverus Intelligence Research, a part of Enverus, the leading global energy data analytics and SaaS technology company, has released a new report examining the likely responses by U.S. oil producers, both public and private, to high oil prices and increased concerns about energy security in the wake of Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine. Included are regions that are likely to boost output and identifies the barriers and costs of adding production.

“The E&P industry can grow while remaining profitable and environmentally responsible. Private operators have been and will continue to take advantage of the outsized returns, and we believe continued drilling activity increases from large U.S. independent are likely and warranted,” said Farzin Mou, lead report author and vice president at Enverus Intelligence Research.

Jen Snyder, co-author, managing director and head of North America Macro Intelligence Research, added, “Once operators lock in new long-term midstream and services commitments, they are handcuffed with off-balance-sheet leverage during a price downturn. The trajectory of the 2024-25 WTI strip therefore will be an important driver of operators’ 2022-23 capital commitments even if wells earn attractive returns by year-end 2023.”

Key takeaways from the report:

  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent sanctions on Russian energy fundamentally changed the oil market, highlighting the potential of an increased long-term call on U.S. oil barrels.
  • The U.S. upstream sector already had transformed from one of the least-profitable industrial sectors across the S&P 500 to one of the most profitable, with improved environmental stewardship.
  • Public shale oil producers went from reinvesting nearly 100% of operating cash flow from 2018-20 to less than 35% in 2022 at current strip prices.
  • Private operators are taking advantage of the outsized rates of return and raising their share of horizontal drilling to near-record levels.
  • Large U.S. independents’ drilling activity already is up ~15% since November, and we believe continued moderate increases are likely — and warranted — based on pre-war price expectations.
  • Should long-dated prices move over $90/bbl, another step-change in activity would be justified. The E&P industry can return to strong growth while remaining profitable and environmentally responsible.

Graph showing horizontal oil rig counts by operator type

Members of the media should contact Jon Haubert to schedule an interview with one of Enverus Intelligence Research’s expert analysts.

About Enverus
Enverus is the leading energy SaaS company delivering highly-technical insights and predictive/prescriptive analytics that empower customers to make decisions that increase profit. Enverus’ innovative technologies drive production and investment strategies, enable best practices for energy and commodity trading and risk management, and reduce costs through automated processes across critical business functions. Enverus is a strategic partner to more than 6,000 customers in 50 countries. Learn more at Enverus.com.

About Enverus Intelligence Research
Enverus Intelligence Research, Inc. is a subsidiary of Enverus and publishes energy-sector research that focuses on the oil and natural gas industries and broader energy topics including publicly traded and privately held oil, gas, midstream and other energy industry companies, basin studies (including characteristics, activity, infrastructure, etc.), commodity pricing forecasts, global macroeconomics and geopolitical matters.  Enverus Intelligence Research, Inc. is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an investment adviser.

 

Ramp Up Efficiency in Drilling and Completions Operations

An interview with Pioneer Natural Resources

Pioneer Natural Resources (PNR), an operating company with assets in the Permian, is constantly striving to find new ways to drive efficiency in its operations and capital management.

Automatic field ticket approvals are one way the company saves significant time with field operations. By integrating Enverus OpenTicket with WellView morning reports, PNR’s drilling engineers focus only on tickets that do not match morning report data.

In this interview with Brandy Obennoskey, senior lead accountant at PNR, we discuss how Enverus has helped PNR save time and improve cost management.

Enverus: How does Pioneer Resources automate ticket approval using WellView morning reports?

Brandy Obennoskey: There are two ways to do it. First, you can import data from OpenTicket, our digital field ticketing platform, into Peloton’s WellView application. This is a straightforward export of data generated by a supplier that’s entered into the cost estimate section of the WellView morning report. This works well if the supplier entered the information on the same day and time that the work is done. For a majority of suppliers, there’s a lag. You can also use the morning report information to automatically approve the field ticket. This is how we do it. The field supervisor enters the cost estimation in the morning report and sends it to the office as part of the daily operation’s routine. The information is then exported into OpenTicket. You can automatically approve that field ticket if the ticket matches the morning report.

Enverus: How did Pioneer shorten approval times and reduce manual approvals by pushing the WellView data to OpenTicket?

BO: Our suppliers were being asked to submit tickets into OpenTicket faster. Their feedback to us was they were still seeing a lag in approvals. So, we looked at what we could do to assist our approvers. We realized approvers were manually validating the data from WellView, pulling up OpenTicket and eyeballing it to make sure the data matches before approving it. That’s what led us to this integration. In Q2 2021, we took a daily report from WellView and started matching it up manually against our OpenTicket data with the intention to help our approvers quickly identify which exceptions they needed to review. As soon as we turned on auto-approval, we were able to match 80% of tickets, driving our average approval time from 15 to below four days.

Enverus: How did Pioneer roll the automation out?

BO: In the first few months, we did a manual gut check on the automation with a subset of WellView data. We chose data from our drilling site and pushed the data daily from WellView into OpenTicket. Our approvers could go in, filter everything that matched and easily approve those first. In April and May, we turned on the automatic approval process. It was a simple flip of a switch. All you have to do is go in and say everything that matches 100% is auto-approved. We saw a drastic improvement in our drilling invoice approval time. Our average time went from 15 days down to below four days. About 12% of the volume became automated instantly.

 

Enverus: How has the integration of WellView and OpenTicket helped Pioneer better manage budget costs?

BO: We now get insight into the data in real-time. Before, this data analysis happened within a three- or six-month timeframe. Getting a feel for that data has been a tremendous help to us as far as getting accurate budget information.

Enverus: Did you set dollar parameters for the invoices that could be automatically approved?

BO: We focused on the low-cost invoices. Some of our approvers handle anywhere from 500 to 600 approvals at a time. That’s a heavy load on them, especially when we know the data is already in our morning report system. So, we gave them this option — if it’s entered into WellView correctly, it’s timely and it matches, then there’s no need for manual approval. This removes that duplicate process.

Enverus: How does PriceBook and WellView compliance on a ticket aid in automating approvals?

BO: We heavily use PriceBook. So, we really drive home that the validation and purchase category coding with our price books is populating that coding. This also matches in WellView. We find that both price book compliance and WellView compliance back the reasoning for automating approvals.

Enverus: What type of tolerance do you support in the ticket match?

BO: The key match for us is ticket number and GL code. Lucky for us, entering the ticket number was already in our WellView process, because the ticket number gives assurance from an audit perspective as OpenTicket has a duplicate ticket check functionality. GL code was important because it gave our drilling team confidence that the match between the two systems is consistent and accurate. We decided on a $1 amount and a 15-day service date for tolerances. I would say again since we’re already matching on that ticket an amount at a dollar range in the GL code. For the 15 days service date, we wanted to get the highest percentage match within comfort. After looking at the percentages from a reporting perspective, it got us to 80%.

Enverus: What was the supplier experience like? How did you inform them there was going to be a new process?

BO: Our suppliers noticed it immediately on their own. The feedback we got was that we’re being asked to submit faster in OpenTicket, but we see a lag in approval. It’s cool to see from a functional perspective of pulling up the log and seeing the ticket was submitted and it was approved by us. The only lag left is that invoice flip time. From there, it’s a no-touch invoice. From our perspective, we’ve been able to do as much as we can from a timeliness perspective. It’s up to the supplier and their submission time. I will say that submission time has gone down now that they know they can get that instant approval.

Watch the on-demand webinar featuring this conversation here.

wellview openticket webinar

Enverus: As more suppliers use mobile field ticketing, do you think submissions could be done faster, where you could take field ticket information from a mobile device and put it directly into WellView, without needing the WellView-to-digital ticket reconciliation?

BO: Absolutely. That’s constantly on our minds. From our perspective, we’ve removed every touchpoint from our side. What’s left is that manual entry into WellView. There are some tickets already coming in from OpenTicket faster than WellView. The hardest piece for our industry is it depends on the service type. Communication both ways is necessary. So if we can get that OpenTicket data first, let’s feed it into WellView data and vice versa. Really, the ultimate goal is just to remove the duplicate process between the two systems.

Enverus: Have you also shortened your payment terms for vendors to get paid for submitting quicker?

BO: Now that we have this in place, we are taking the early payment programs quite heavily compared to what we used to be able to do. As operators pivot away from asset acquisition to developing and optimizing existing assets, improving drilling and completion operations is critical. PNR’s innovative thinking is one example of the many opportunities still available for operators to improve time and cost efficiency through process improvement and automation.

Ready to save your drilling and completion engineers time with automatic ticket approvals? Fill out the form to learn more today.

Ending Russia’s Ability To Weaponize Energy

Calgary, Alberta (March 10, 2022) — Enverus Intelligence Research, a part of Enverus, the leading global energy data analytics and SaaS technology company, has released a new report measuring Russia’s economic isolation, which is expected to intensify in the coming days and weeks with some Western powers building support for energy sanctions that would limit Russian exports of oil, natural gas and numerous other key commodities. On March 8, the U.S. announced it would ban imports of Russian oil and liquified natural gas (LNG).

In its report, Ukraine War | The Weaponization of Energy, Enverus Intelligence Research analysts discuss the near- and longer-term impacts of this crisis and identifies key themes that those invested in the energy space and in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries should know.

“If Russian oil is formally sanctioned, our central scenario sees crude exports to OECD countries fall by ~3 MMbbl/d and products decline by 1.5 MMbbl/d. If China and others make up ~1.5 MMbbl/d of that amount, this would leave a net export/supply loss of ~3 MMbbl/d, which we think would drive Brent above $160 before a violent demand response sets in later this year,” said Bill Farren-Price, lead report author and director of Enverus Intelligence Research.

Al Salazar, co-author of the report and senior vice president of Enverus Intelligence Research, added, “Inflation will bump even higher as Russian energy, base and rare metals, and agricultural commodities go absent from global markets. Prices for oil, natural gas, food and metals are testing historic highs. Despite pockets of pent-up demand strength due to the global easing of COVID-19 restrictions, high commodity prices will soon start to erode demand strength.”

Key takeaways from the report:

  • In the near term, it would be down to OPEC, strategic stock releases and a potential return of Iranian crude to meet the shortfall in global supply. Beyond a year, short-cycle U.S. crude would start to have an impact as would more structural demand suppression from higher prices and lower GDP growth.
  • In the long term, energy security will be elevated as a political priority, which will in turn boost domestic production of oil and gas in North America, while even greater emphasis is placed on the energy transition and renewable technology and investment.

Members of the media should contact Jon Haubert to schedule an interview with one of Enverus Intelligence Research’s expert analysts.

About Enverus
Enverus is the leading energy SaaS company delivering highly-technical insights and predictive/prescriptive analytics that empower customers to make decisions that increase profit. Enverus’ innovative technologies drive production and investment strategies, enable best practices for energy and commodity trading and risk management, and reduce costs through automated processes across critical business functions. Enverus is a strategic partner to more than 6,000 customers in 50 countries. Learn more at Enverus.com.

About Enverus Intelligence Research
Enverus Intelligence Research, Inc. is a subsidiary of Enverus and publishes energy-sector research that focuses on the oil and natural gas industries and broader energy topics including publicly traded and privately held oil, gas, midstream and other energy industry companies, basin studies (including characteristics, activity, infrastructure, etc.), commodity pricing forecasts, global macroeconomics and geopolitical matters.  Enverus Intelligence Research, Inc. is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an investment adviser.

Specter of $150/bbl Looms as WTI Jumps 26% in One Week

Calgary, Alberta (March 7, 2022) — Enverus, the leading energy SaaS and data analytics company, has released an updated QuickPrice research report highlighting the possibility of $150/bbl crude oil.

Increasingly severe sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its allies on Russia in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine are isolating the country — one of the world’s largest oil exporters — from global markets and pushing WTI to prices not seen since 2008. While sanctions have not directly targeted Russian energy exports, that sector is still being stretched to its limit and further tightening the global supply picture. If proposed bans on oil imports from Russia in the U.S. and Europe come to fruition, $150/bbl is not out of the question.

“Sanctions so far have not directly targeted Russia’s energy exports, but they have still been impacted. The country exports around 7 MMbbl/d of oil and oil products, making it one of the largest exporters in the world. Last week, major oil and gas companies — including four supermajors — announced plans to exit their Russian businesses. Traders also reportedly had difficulty in finding buyers for Russia’s benchmark Urals crude despite significant discounts,” said Matthew Keillor of Enverus.

Key takeaways from Enverus’ QuickPrice research report:

  • WTI’s settlement of $103.41/bbl on Tuesday was its first above $100 since 2014. The Friday settlement of $115.68/bbl was up 26% week-over-week and was the benchmark’s highest settlement since September 2008.
  • The U.S. and some European allies are now considering a ban on Russian oil imports, which market watchers have predicted could lead to prices of $150/bbl or more. For reference, the highest WTI settlement ever, set on July 3, 2008, was $145.29.
  • Henry Hub also climbed 12% last week to settle at $5.016/MMBtu on Friday, which was the benchmark’s first settlement over $5 since Feb. 2. Although Russian gas supplies to Europe have continued, significant uncertainty helped drive a surge in European prices, and the conflict raised the prospect of increased demand for U.S. LNG.

QuickPrice is published every week by Enverus and covers oil and gas price activity with data on prices, inventories, production, rig activity and other factors affecting the market.

Members of the media should contact Jon Haubert to schedule an interview with one of Enverus’ expert analysts.

About Enverus
Enverus is the leading energy SaaS company delivering highly-technical insights and predictive/prescriptive analytics that empower customers to make decisions that increase profit. Enverus’ innovative technologies drive production and investment strategies, enable best practices for energy and commodity trading and risk management, and reduce costs through automated processes across critical business functions. Enverus is a strategic partner to more than 6,000 customers in 50 countries. Learn more at Enverus.com.

 

 

Podcast Preview: The Ukraine War and What It Means for Oil & Gas Supply

Morgan Kwan and Bill Farren-Price discuss the conflict in Ukraine and the risks it poses to Europe, to Russian oil and gas supply, and to the wider global economy. As a veteran observer of European, Middle East and African energy, Bill offers his thoughts on the potential pathways that the conflict will take and the spillover from Europe’s first inter-state armed conflict since World War II.

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Save Months of Time With Enverus’ Analytics-Ready Well Log Suite

At Enverus, we continue to invest in both the quantity and quality of our data sets. Specifically, we consistently build our well log data set through acquisitions, public scraping and digitization. Due to the variety of sources and the constant influx of data, we developed a scaled, repeatable approach to create an analytics-ready well log suite.

Historically, it took our geologists weeks to months to alias, standardize and clean well log data before beginning a geological analysis. Today, leveraging this automated system developed by our data science team, our geologists subscribe to our Essentials and Essentials+ well log data set to kickstart their analysis. As a result, our geologists spend more time on analysis and value add solutions, rather than preparing their data. Along with the value of time savings, this process ensures consistency and transparency that other geological software systems do not offer. Specifically, our Essentials+ data set contains the final well log curve, a raw source indication, a data quality outlier detection and a flag of whether other data is available.

Chart comparing Essentials and Essential+ info

Figure 1 | Essentials logs are aliased from nearly 1 million raw curves down to roughly 600. They are then cleaned and given standardized headers, step rate and units. The Essentials+ logs take this one step further by merging curves from multiple depths to provide one log output per API. (Source: Enverus)

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Four Forces of the Energy Evolution

The Energy Transformation is a hot topic (pun intended), that much is settled.

Here at Enverus, we say “Energy Evolution” rather than “Energy Transformation.” Why? Transformation has a certain connotation that makes it sound like it can happen overnight or quickly. An Evolution takes place over a longer period and requires the right conditions to be in place.

There is no doubt about one thing when it comes to the Energy Evolution, it is happening one way or another. In fact, it never stops, it is a fluid and ongoing change that is navigated by every decision we make. These decisions can be as subtle as the smart thermostats that are becoming common in households, as in your face as the bipartisan infrastructure package (and what is, and is not, in it), and everything in between. Keeping this in mind, Enverus wanted to simplify these types of decisions into broad categories that can best be defined as “forces.”

The four forces changing the energy landscape of advanced economies can be distilled into: political, consumer-driven, investor-driven and microeconomic (Figure 1). To the right of the origin, the incentives are financial. To the left of the origin, they are driven by personal and societal values. Below the origin, the preferences are those made by individuals (which can be a single person or entity). Above the origin, the preferences are societal. Although there are many things that may bleed over from quadrant to quadrant, Enverus finds that this framework is helpful when understanding the forces that are driving the Energy Evolution.

Figure 2-Evaluation of Implementation Phase Is Upon Us

Figure 1 | The Four Forces of the Energy Evolution

Let’s focus on quadrants II and III (left of the vertical axis for those who have long forgotten their two-dimensional Cartesian systems). Societal preferences are driving political and policy changes targeting climate objectives. The COP26 brought with it a whole host of new pledges towards meeting the climate change objectives of the Paris Agreement. It is key now to track how well these pledges are being implemented and evaluate their effectiveness towards meeting climate change goals (Figure 2). Consumer preferences are at the forefront of the ongoing electrification. More and more, the preference for energy use is shifting to electrons instead of heat. Where these electrons are coming from and the pace of the changes in the generation mix are key to quantify the impact of these preferences.

Figure 2-Evaluation of Implementation Phase Is Upon Us

Figure 2 | Evaluation of Implementation Phase Is Upon Us

Now, we can shift our focus to quadrants I and IV (right of the vertical axis). Government incentives and regulations along with technological advances and cost declines are directing investment to clean energies from private investors with trillions of assets under management. Many of these investors have voluntarily announced initiatives or signed pledges to implement investment frameworks that take into consideration climate change. These investors engage closely with companies that make up a large portion of emissions, forcing them to reevaluate their energy sources and practices. It is paramount to understand the competitiveness of different generation sources and how the investment community makes its decisions when providing access to capital for a space that is brimming with projects, most of which will never make it past the proposed stage.

Although these preferences and incentives are driving clean energy evolutions in advanced economies, they are not without their shortcomings. The wants of the advanced economies do not always translate well or equitably to addressing the needs of developing and emerging economies. The Energy Evolution will create geopolitical tensions in resource-rich nations that are set to suffer from the implications of lower hydrocarbon revenue on their economies. Meanwhile, the new and emerging clean energy industry will create additional ripple effects in the global geopolitical landscape and drive new trade patterns.

The Energy Evolution will bring about a volatile energy landscape. It requires public and private investment, global collaboration and government intervention, at levels never seen before to realize the ambitious path to net zero. The Energy Evolution will not always serve the interests of those who are struggling to ease geopolitical tensions, consider issues of equitability, or even further human rights. It may not even be successful in achieving its goals of keeping surface temperature rise below the levels set forth by the Paris Agreement. However, the forces are strong and driving investment to the power and renewables sector at an ever-increasing pace.

Keeping the above four forces of the Energy Evolution for advanced economies in mind, this blog series will tackle the complexities of each via Enverus’ Power & Renewables platform. Additionally, we will discuss the implications of the four forces and the path that it leads us along for the Energy Evolution with expert analysis from the Enverus Power & Renewables team. Stay tuned to see exactly how Enverus can help you navigate the waves of the always fluid Energy Evolution.

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