Saturday, June 9, 2012

500,000 Bbls in One Year: Random Update of CLR's Hawkinson-Whitman Eco-Pad in Northwest Dunn County -- The Williston Basin, North Dakota, USA


November 5, 2018: production update here with jump in production.

September 8, 2013: this well is now approaching one million bbls produced. As of July, 2013, this well has produced 806,223 bbls; it is still flowing without a pump. It produced 23,530 bbls in July, 2013. It produced 24MMCF in July, sold 24MMCF in July, and, yes, it even flared a little, 118MCF. It was a 24-stage frack; 2.4 millions lbs sand and ceramic. 

November 1, 2012: So, how is this well doing -- it is now up to 532,874 bbls produced through September, 2012. It produced 36,000 bbls in September (a short month -- only 30 days); in July, a long month (31 days), it produced 36,883 bbls. Decline rate? What decline rate? The spacing is four sections. The NDIC shows this is still flowing without a pump, but often a pump is put on a well, and the NDIC is not informed of that until months later.  Remember: this well was completed September, 2011; one year later, 532,874 bbls.
Original Post

Just a random note on an interesting CLR Eco-Pad well in Oakdale oil field.

I assume those who have followed the Bakken closely are aware of this well, but for newbies and for others, I thought an update would be interesting.

This is the best of the four wells on this Eco-Pad; the other three are nice, but this one is incredible.

Note that the well was completed/tested back in September, 2011.  In the first full month of production it produced almost 42,000 bbls of oil. By the end of April, 2012, the well had produced almost 344,000 bbls of oil. Also, for everyone, note this: no typical Bakken decline "yet." It produced 45,000 bbls in the most recent month reported.

Note, that by the first full month of production, the well was on a natural gas pipeline; natural gas being sold, none flared (after the first month).

So, 40 stages and 4 million pounds of ceramics? Nope. A modest 24 stages and 2.4 million pounds of sand and ceramics.

Check out other great wells at "Monster Wells."


NDIC File No: 20210     API No: 33-025-01259-00-00     CTB No: 120210
Well Type: OG     Well Status: A     Status Date: 9/6/2011     Wellbore type: Horizontal
Location: NWNE 34-147-96     Footages: 230 FNL 1874 FEL     Latitude: 47.516035     Longitude: -102.893285
Current Well Name: WHITMAN 2-34H
Elevation(s): 2791 KB   2765 GR   2271 GL     Total Depth: 21230     Field: OAKDALE
Spud Date(s):  1/23/2011
Casing String(s): 9.625" 2714'   7" 11622'  
Completion Data
   Pool: BAKKEN     Perfs: 11622-21230     Comp: 9/6/2011     Status: F     Date: 9/9/2011     Spacing: 4SEC
Cumulative Production Data
   Pool: BAKKEN     Cum Oil: 343733     Cum MCF Gas: 313938     Cum Water: 7380
Production Test Data
   IP Test Date: 9/9/2011     Pool: BAKKEN     IP Oil: 803     IP MCF: 40     IP Water: 70

Columns below: pool, month, days of production, bbls of oil produced, runs (in bbls), water, gas produced, gas sold, gas flared. Also note that the natural gas was in the pipeline and being sold the very first full month. 



  1. Incredible well. I see there is very little water production associated. Disposal of water is an overhead cost. Therefore this well not only produces lots of revenue but also flows with very little overhead.

    1. You are correct. I had missed that, or at least did not pay much attention to that, but you are correct: an incredibly small amount of water.

  2. How interesting to see that this well does not have the typical Bakken decline -- at least not yet. Thank you for pointing that out, Bruce. I'm wondering what makes this well different in that regard. Anybody have an answer?

  3. The well file was missing a lot of pages. We'll have to see what this well is doing a year from now. Hopefully someone with some experience can shed some light.

  4. Definitely not an over hyped well. IP of 803, after 7 months of production daily average is almost twice the IP.

  5. Produced 31.7k bbls of oil in August. Looks likely to go down as the biggest Bakken monster to date within the next two years, IMHO

    Do you happen to know any single ladies whose parents own minerals in this spacing unit?? ;)

    1. Wow, you made my day. I will update this well above. It's still incredible!

      And, unfortunately, I do not know any "personal data" about this particular well. My hunch is the landman who leased this acreage has already beat us to the information you desire. Smile.

  6. No decline likely due to takeaway limitations caused by crazy production. There are decline curves such as wellhead pressure that we don't get to see.

    1. That may be true, but I'm not sure if I see the point.

      If this well is being choked back, as you suggest, it again points out how incredible the Bakken is, a theme of this blog.