Sunday, January 8, 2012

Wells To Watch in 2012 - 2013 -- The Williston Basin, North Dakota, USA

Wells To Watch in 2013

The multi-well pad about four miles west of Williston (3.8 miles directly west of where the Williston bypass intersects US 2 & 85 on the north side of town), permits issued February 27, 2013; contributor at link is one of the least knowledgeable contributors at the site:
  • 25079, conf, BEXP, Field Trust 7-6 5TFH, Todd,
  • 25080, conf, BEXP, Field Trust 7-6 4H, Todd,
  • 25081, conf, BEXP, Field Trust 7-6 3TFH, Todd,
  • 25082, conf, BEXP, Field Trust 7-6 6H, Todd,
The three-well pad in section 8-152-98, where there are two multi-well pads on DRL status, February, 2013; one source suggests "Helm's Gusher" is on the 3-well pad. Posted March 1, 2013:
  • 21814, drl, BEXP, Cheryl 17-20 1H, Banks,
  • 21815, 4,680, Statoil/BEXP, Richard 8-5 1H, Banks, t4/13; cum 44K 7/13;
  • 22322, 4,630, Statoil/BEXP, Cheryl 17-20 2TFH, Banks, t4/13; cum 30K 7/13;
  • 22806, 3,464, BEXP, Cheryl 17-20 3TFH, Banks, t2/13; cum 33K 7/13; 
  • 22807, drl, BEXP, Richard 8-5 2H, Banks,
  • 22808, drl, BEXP, Cheryl 17-20 4H, Banks,

Wells To Watch in 2012

12-well pad in Alger oil field?
Individual Wells
  • 20753, 231, Hunt, Redwing 1-3-10H 1, this is just north of WISCO's Larson 1, a wildcat discovery well for Bear Butte field, a now-abandoned Birdbear and Duperow oil pool; this was the 14th deepest well drilled in North Dakota; the deepest being 15,380' (see link); t8/11; cum 42K 7/13.
  • 20889, PNC, Whiting, Henry State 24-36H, wildcat, Golden Valley County, will target the Lodgepole/Scallion; expected cost of well: $4 million; ROR: 39%; payout: 3.3 years; expected to produce for 28 years; to focus on a new source/reservoir rock for this area in North Dakota; NE of Beach, ND; NDIC file says will target the Three Forks;
  • 20969, SWD/IA, Whiting, Nistler 21-25H, a Scallion; see comments below; fracked; into the Scallion, and then out and then back into the Scallion; NDIC file says Three Forks (probably an error), Golden Valley County; cum oil: 0
  • 20659, 74, OXY USA, Kudrna 1-17 (vertical); St Anthony, Dunn County; Red River, 300 bbls in first 9 days (November, 2011); t12/11; cum 45K 713;
  • 20470, 752, EOG, McGregor 26-1H, Ellsworth, s6/11; t9/11; F; cum 105K 7/13; delineating Tracker assets SE of Alexander, follows a Tracker-completed well in this area in late 2010
  • 20408, 1,824, Whiting, Kummer 34-31H, wildcat, 9 miles SW of Watford; west of Juniper field; to extend/de-risk the Bakken in this area; s5/11; t8/11; cum 88K 7/13;
  • 21420, 344, Petro-Hunt, Hokanson 157-99-1A-12-1H, north of Williston; RMOJ notes this is a wildcat in a non-producing township; t9/12; cum 36K 7/13;
  • 20597, 2,522, Whiting, Norgard 21-13H, Ellsworth, is it targeting the Red River?; nope, a Bakken well; s7/11; t9/11; cum 103K 7/13; 
  • Oasis wells in Crazy Man Creek;
  • 20382, 825, Petro-Hunt, Wisness 152-96-28A-33-1H (the link is broken; Teegue could not stand all the nonsense about flaring). Clear Creek, McKenzie; 23 stages; 2.9MM lbs sand; s6/11; t10/11; F; cum 258K 7/13 -- notice how fast this well was completed; and how quickly it is getting to 100K; IP not all that remarkable;
Lodgepole Formation
  • 21347, DRY, Wesco Operating, Gruman 41-18, Eland (Dickinson); check out other Gruman wells
In general:
Multi-well pads:


    Counties I noticed:


    Also a lot in Billings and GV

    Stutsman missed the cut.

    Compare to:

    5 years. It changed. Raises of a penny?

    anon 1

  2. Incredible what you could have gotten acreage for in 2007; absolutely incredible.

    But Grant County, at 15,000 acres, I believe, leads the rest. East of Hettinger County....Tyler, Three Forks?

  3. Bruce,

    Do you mind sharing a very brief summary of what RMOGJ said about the Marmon field? Most don't suscribe.

  4. Throughout the month of January, I will be adding more wells to this page, so I can keep track of trends in 2012.

    With regard to Marmon field, the RMOJ article was published back in June.

    I had noticed that Petro-Hunt was doing some good stuff in the Bakken and not getting much credit, so I was quite surprised when I ran across this article.

    It is a very long article, but it simply says two things: a) Petro-Hunt is moving very, very quickly in this field; and, b) there are several payzones: Bakken, Madison, Red River, and Dawson Bay.

    Then it had a long list of wells that Petro-Hunt was drilling in this area.

    My "Marmon Field Update" linked at the sidebar at the right reviews the same wells.

    Bottom line: Petro-Hunt flies under the radar for some reason (probably because it is not publicly traded) but about six months ago I noted that it is having some incredible success in the Bakken and appears to be stepping up its activity.

    If any other specific questions, please let me know.


    There is a year error, but interesting view.

    anon 1

  6. Clever. Deserving of a stand-alone post which I will do later when I get back to laptop or desktop; on iPad now which is not conducive to serious blogging.

  7. Bruce
    My question
    When drilling a horizontal well in
    the Lodgepole/Scallion, Red River. Are these
    wells Fracked liked the bakken?

  8. Tight, "unconventional," formations need to be fracked; that's the uniqueness and the challenge of the Bakken pool (Bakken, Three Forks).

    Conventional formations do not need to be fracked.

    Red River and Madison wells are not fracked; historically most are vertical but can be directional. I assume more of these will be directional in the future.

    The Lodgepole wells around Dickinson are monster wells and are not fracked. There are at least three exploratory Lodgepole wells north of Williston. I think they may be fracking these but I don't know. I am quite sure they are directional.

  9. Bruce
    Whiting's well the Nistler 21-25 H(20969) was a Scallion. That well was fracked. Rumor is they had drilled out of the Scallion and then drilled back into the Scallion. What other zone would they have drilled into and would that be the reasone they Fracked that well?

  10. If you haven't seen this post, this is has been helpful to me:

    I am very, very weak with regard to geology. In addition, even the experts describe "events" differently.

    The "Scallion" is also referred to as the "false Bakken."

    The Lodgepole is immediately above the Bakken formations (upper, middle, lower).

    As I have noted before, it almost appears the Lodgepole "acts" differently in two ND locations: the Lodgepole wells around Dickinson, and the Lodgepole formation north of Williston.

    Note the very reliable source for 20889 (RMOJ) in which they say WLL will target the Lodgepole/Scallion -- this suggests to me the formation from Lodgepole to the upper Bakken, which is definitely different than the Dickinson Lodgepole wells and the middle Bakken farther north.

    So, now we have at least two Whiting wells that targeted and/or entered the Scallion.

    Those are individual data points/dots that seem possible to connect.

    It certainly appears to me that whereas "everyone" is targeting the middle Bakken in this Williston Basin boom, Whiting is looking at formation just above the middle Bakken in Golden Valley County, southwestern North Dakota.

    I don't know if this makes sense; I'm still trying to sort it out, but in my mind I now have a visual. The visual will change as more information emerges.

    So, to answer your question, if they targeted the Scallion (which needs to be fracked to be productive, it appears), and if they "slipped" out of it, if they went lower, they went into the middle Bakken; if higher, they went into the Lodgepole.

    This is very, very similar to modern aircraft on the beam on descent/final approach to landing when the air traffic controller is providing "up,""down," "on course" to the pilot. I've long forgotten the exact terminology but I remember very well high performance jets landing on runways with no visibility and relying on air traffic controllers getting them down safely.

  11. What's going on with the wells in Stark County. Especially interested in 138-97. There seems to be alot of activity beginning to happen there. Any way to know if the wells drilled there on the confidential list hit or were dry?

    1. Only if some folks in the immediate area can tell us what they are hearing or seeing.

      As you've noted, Chesapeake has a few permitted locations and confidential wells in 138-97.

      NDIC has made it easy to check on wells that have come off the confidential list:

      Go to the NDIC web site:

      Click on "General Statistics" on the sidebar on the left:

      At the very top, there is a link:
      Monthly Production Report Index: click on it and you can find current production of all wells if you know the name of the field (or wildcat).