The Hess Corporation announced its 2016 third quarter results, which included a drop in Bakken production.
CEO John Hess told investors last week that the company remains optimistic despite a net loss of $339 million and falling production. Bakken production fell to 107,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd), down from 113,000 boepd over 2015. Hess attributes the decline to reduced drilling program due to the low oil-price environment.
During the quarter, the company operated an average of three rigs in the Bakken and brought 22 gross operated wells on production. The company’s total production for the quarter was 314,000 boepd. Other highlights include:
- Drilling and completion costs in the Bakken averaged $4.7 million per operated well—down 11%
- Increased standard well design to a 50-stage completion from the previous 35-stage completion design
- Net midstream income was $13 million in Q3 2016 compared to $16 million last year
- Midstream capital expenditures were $88 million for the quarter—the same as Q3 2015
- Reduced exploration and production capital and exploratory expenditures by 49% to $435 million, down from $849 million during the same period last year
Hess projects that E&P capital and exploratory expenditures for the full 2016 will be approximately $2 billion, down $100 million from our previous forecast and more than 50% below 2015.