#038: Holdbacks As A Possible Solution to Plugging Liabilities with Dwayne Purvis
On this week’s episode, Tom and Phil are joined by Dwayne Purvis, a reservoir engineer and consultant. Dwayne shares his insight on Asset Retirement Obligations, most notably, well plugging liabilities.There are currently anywhere from 2 million to 2.5 million wells that need to be plugged nationwide. Dwayne came up with holdbacks as a way to cover well plugging liabilities by using all net income from a well during certain time periods. Tom, Phil and Dwayne discuss why this is an ongoing issue in the oil and gas world and Dwayne shares why he believes holdbacks could be part of the solution.
2:46 What are Asset Retirement Obligations?
8:43 The estimated number of wells that need to be plugged
11:47 What states have done to avoid the liability of plugging wells
13:43 The problem with using cash flows to fund plugging
14:52 What is a holdback?
19:49 Implications of holdbacks on joint operating agreements
24:11 Why PDP is actually high risk
27:03 ‘You can’t change what you don’t measure.’
About Dwayne Purvis:
Dwayne Purvis, P.E. offers consulting and advisory services for the oil and gas industry, building on two and a half decades in reservoir engineering and executive leadership as a consultant and operator. From engineering studies and reserve reports to strategic decision-making, Mr. Purvis helps operators and investors with reliable analysis for prudent decisions.
He has led or participated in hundreds of engineering studies over dozens of basins in the United States and abroad and advised on tactical and strategic decisions large and small. Mr. Purvis frequently speaks and writes on issues of shale reservoirs, the energy transition, commodity prices, decline curve analysis, and risk analysis.
He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas, member of SPEE, AAPG, SEG, SIPES and an active, 25-year member of SPE.
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