Every second U.S. fracking companies will disappear by the end of 2015 – said Rob Fulks, director at Weatherford International, one of the largest oil and gas service companies.
As Fulks said at a conference in Houston, as much as 20 out of 41 independent fracking companies will be dead or sold, while at the start of 2014 about 60 fracking companies operated in the U.S.A.
The reason behind a difficult situation of the industry are cuts on capital expenditures by oil and gas companies as a result of low oil prices. Many oil and gas exploration and production companies drill the wells but refrain from fracture stimulation. As a consequence, the demand for these services is much lower.
According to Bloomberg Intelligence analysts, the number of wells still to be hydraulically fracture stimulated tripled on the past year and now is equal to 4731.
A study by PacWest Consulting Partners indicates that following the oil price drop petroleum industry cut capital expenditures by USD 100 billion and the cost of fracking fell by 35%. According to Roba Fulks, Weatherford made several decisions to cut the cost of well stimulation services, for example they renegotiated contracts with suppliers of poppant that is used in all fracture stimulation jobs.
source: Shale Energy Insider, Eaglefordtexas.com