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About The OCTG Situation Report

Susan Murphy is the Publisher + Editor in Chief of The OCTG Situation Report, a leading authority focused on the North American Oil Country Tubular Goods market. Susan has worked alongside the founder of The OCTG Situation Report, Duane Murphy (and yes, there is a family connection!) for the past decade assisting in various aspects of producing the monthly publication and special projects including market research and development. It had long been suspected that Susan carried the 'OCTGene,' a fact that was confirmed when she took the reins in 2012. A native of Michigan and now practicing cowgirl, Susan employs her education from both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University bringing her expertise in the areas of research, marketing, branding and creative and technical writing to The Report. She has also enjoyed a successful business career as a lauded entrepreneur, running her own brand/marketing and advertising/design firms.

Will The 232 Rain On The Oil Patch’s Parade?

Maybe it’s the heat, maybe it’s the market but this month everyone in the oil patch seems to be fired up about something. Fortunately for us they’re talking; offering an insightful barometer of upstream confidence throughout the supply chain. Foremost among the “hot topics” is the Section 232, which shows no signs of running out of steam anytime soon. As it stands right now the EU, China, Russia, Mexico and India have all filed dispute settlement cases against the US for its 232 tariffs via the World Trade Organization. These are in addition to the retaliatory measures that have been brought forth by the same five countries. Other countries including Japan, Russia and Turkey have warned of potential retaliation but haven’t released formal documents. Congressional efforts to “gain authority” over the Section 232 decision will be discussed in a hearing set for June 20. Continue reading

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Surviving Post-Traumatic ‘232’ Disorder

As we barrel ahead toward summer in the oil patch there’s an intermittent up-stream of opportunities for various sectors of the supply chain that are in a position to capitalize on them. Be that as it May, suppliers of OCTG have reported suffering a little post-traumatic ‘232’ disorder. Continue reading

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Q1 OCTG Inventory Yard Survey: The Gold Standard

When it comes to wealth every quarter counts. It’s no different in the oil patch where our subscribers count on our exclusive quarterly OCTG Inventory Surveys to provide them with a wealth of knowledge about the health of the upstream market by measuring demand for OCTG. For this, we survey the entire supply chain including truck terminal, mill, processor, and inspection yards throughout the lower 48. Our tally for the period ending March 31 reveals inventories expanded for the fifth consecutive quarter with the bulk of increases posted in the mill/processor category. Continue reading

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OCTG By Numbers

As we prepare for our publication’s annual ‘state of the industry’ address every February we often find clues in past years’ metrics and this year is no different. With questions looming about the Section 232, 2018 E&P budgets, L48 hydrocarbon … Continue reading

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4Q17 OCTG Inventories: Not All Black & White

As we zoom past 2017 it’s time to bring focus to the current OCTG inventory situation. 4Q17 OCTG inventory results are best framed as a tale of two ‘quarters.’ There is simply no way to provide a clear snapshot of … Continue reading

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2018 OCTG Forecast | What’s in the Cards for the Coming Year? 

Each November we examine numerous oilfield metrics to determine what might be in the cards for the coming year. Will the deck be stacked in favor of or against OCTG in 2018? Here’s our read. On November 30, the powers … Continue reading

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OCTG Q3 Inventories: “Back to the Future”

Another quarter wrapped; time to zoom in on the results of The OCTG Situation Report’s exclusive OCTG inventory yard survey. First, we want to give props to the cast and crew who work behind the scenes to make this production … Continue reading

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